Crawl of Fame

Crawl of Fame

by Julie Moss
Crawl of Fame

Crawl of Fame

by Julie Moss



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The courageous and transformative story of triathlon hall-of-fame athlete Julie Moss.

In 1982, Julie Moss ran the Ironman triathlon for her college senior research project. Her idea was quirky, even crazy: a 140.6-mile combination of swimming, cycling, and running. Julie brought no triathlon experience, but she did bring a latent willpower that, the world soon found out, wouldn’t be denied. What happened next changed Ironman forever . . .

After becoming the unlikely leader during the final leg, Julie fell and lost all bodily function fifteen meters (50 feet) from the finish. While on hands and knees, she watched her rival pass her. Thirty seconds later, she crawled across the line—stunning the millions who were watching on television. At age twenty-three, Julie became the instant global icon. That this young co-ed would represent such a new sport was unlikely. That she would inspire millions in the three decades years since was unthinkable. Yet, it happened.

And keeps happening. In 2017 Julie won her age group in the Ironman North American Championships—racing 25 minutes faster than her 1982 Ironman. How does a 58-year-old woman beat the time of her 23-year-old self? Which begs the question, Could she also beat her 1982 time in the more demanding Kona? The world will find out in October 2018.

Crawl of Fame is the long-awaited release of her incredible story. Julie describes how she found her greater purpose while lying across the finish line at Ironman 1982 — and how that greater purpose as a woman, athlete, endurance sports symbol and, now, iconic figure has defined her life and inspired others since.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681779218
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Format: eBook
Pages: 304
File size: 48 MB
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About the Author

Julie Moss is a member of the Ironman Hall of Fame, U.S.A. Triathlon Hall of Fame and a ten-time Ironman competitor. She was the 2012 Triathlon Business International Female Athlete of the Year and was the 2017 Ironman North American Champion in her age group. Julie has served as a commentator for ABC, NBC, CBS, and the Goodwill Games. Julie is a member of the Hoka One One sports team been featured in People, Sports Illustrated, ESPN: The Magazine, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. She lives in San Diego, California.

Table of Contents

From the Coauthor xi

Foreword Armen Keteyian xv

Prologue: Fifteen Feet… xvii

1 How Do You Spell T-R-I-A-T-H-L-O-N? 1

2 Cannon Blast: Here We Go! 15

3 A Finish Like No Other 24

4 Going Viral, Circa 1982 37

5 One Article, Two Careers 50

6 Training Wheels 61

7 My Fifteen Minutes 74

8 Girl Power! 92

9 Riding the Wave: The Rise of Endurance Sports 106

10 Gripped: Finding Mark Allen 119

11 1989 142

12 Passing the Torch 155

13 Shifting Focus 168

14 Baby Grip Arrives 176

15 Out of the Spotlight 184

16 When Iron Breaks 198

17 Surfing Tsunamis: Raising Mats 214

18 A Hard Bottom 227

19 Can I Go Faster? 237

20 Mother & Son on the PCT 248

21 Kathleen 260

22 Kona 2017: What Contingency Plan? 270

23 My Iron Twin 289

24 Be Amazing at Any Age 302

Epilogue 319

A Week in the Life of Julie Moss 323

Acknowledgments 331

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