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by Bill Rodgers, Matthew Shepatin

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Title:Marathon Man: My 26.2-Mile Journey from Unknown Grad Student to the Top of the Running World
Authors:Bill Rodgers
Other authors:Matthew Shepatin
Info:Thomas Dunne Books (2013), Hardcover, 336 pages
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Marathon Man: My 26.2-Mile Journey from Unknown Grad Student to the Top of the Running World by Bill Rodgers

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Not a book to pick up if you aren't a runner or a lover of the city of Boston. This book is a great insight into Rodgers and how he persevered during the late 60s and early 70s to become the best road racer of his time. Marathon runner wasn't really a descriptor years ago since there used to be only two races, New York, and Boston. Now there are many cities who host them, including LA. I learned a lot about the Boston race history and that Rodgers was a conscientious objector during Vietnam. He suffered publically for that stance although he felt morally justified. He would not feel personally vindicated until he qualified for the Montreal US Olympic Team. A great book if you are a distance runner. Rodgers speaks about his own motivations in separate subchapters and how he learned to win races against others by maximizing his strengths and minimizing his weaknesses. Although not a religious person, his first marriage was to a Catholic woman who helped him begin his career. ( )
  sacredheart25 | May 5, 2014 |
This book covers Bill’s rise through the ranks as a runner, from his high school and college days when he was good but not serious, then as a young adult and conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, when he almost stopped running. Finally, he saw the light, and with Amby Burfoot as his mentor and Frank Shorter as his rival, Bill began to train seriously. His writes about his first victory in the Boston Marathon in a flashback-style, then goes on to recount his experiences in the Olympics and in the New York Marathon. This is a great read for runners and anyone who is a fan of the Boston Marathon and Bill Rodgers.- Reviewed by Jeff, faculty-
  PeskyLibrary | Nov 22, 2013 |
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A four-time winner of the Boston and NYC Marathons details his historic victory of the 1975 Boston Marathon, recounting the events that led to his achievement and his role in inspiring the modern running boom and the goals of countless fellow athletes.… (more)

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