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26.2 Marathon Stories [Hardcover]

Kathrine Switzer , Roger Robinson
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May 16 2006
26.2: Marathon Stories by Katherine Switzer and Roger Robinson is an unprecedented visual and literary tour of the marathon throughout history

The marathon is the most popular independent athletic event in the world, with over a million people set to enter one this year and another 50 million cheering them on from the sidelines. This glorious volume is the first book to set the marathon on the large world stage and examine the historic and universal appeal of this ultimate individual challenge.

Hundreds of powerful images by such renowned photographers as Helmut Newton and Susan Meiselas, along with personal reminiscences from many well-known marathoners, capture the endless hours of practice and the overwhelming rush of emotion at crossing the finish line. Examining the marathon through the  lenses of history, philosophy, sociology, athletics, pop culture, fashion, and science, the book salutes the determination and courage of those who willingly push themselves to test  their personal best.

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KATHRINE SWITZER is best known for pioneering the official entrance of women into the marathon in the late 1960s. Winner of the 1974 New York City Marathon, she has finished 35 marathons. An Emmy Award-winning commentator who has covered important running events from the Boston and New York City marathons to the Olympics and Goodwill Games, she is the author of Running and Walking for Women Over 40. She and her husband, Roger Robinson, split their time between Wellington, New Zealand, and New York.

ROGER ROBINSON, has represented both England and New Zealand in World Championships and has set marathon records for his age group in Boston, New York, Canberra, and Vancouver. He is a professor at Victoria University in New Zealand.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Every Marathon Runner Sept. 6 2009
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Whether you have just completed your first marathon or your 50th this book will provide inspiration. Completing a marathon is a major event in anyone's life although people who have never run a marathon seldom understand what it really means. This book helps to celebrate that achievement!

Some friends gave me this book as a gift after my 2nd marathon and it has inspired me to continue running and to train hard for another marathon coming up in a month.

This really is a book for people who have completed at least one marathon and likely won't be as interesting to non-runners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must-Have for Marathon Runners of All Levels/Experience June 5 2006
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As a recreational but devoted marathoner, (currently training for #9), this was an obvious must-have for me. Most books published under the Rodale title are generally just rehashes of old RUNNERS WORLD magazine articles, but this is definitely not the case here.

This handsome coffee table book is beautifully designed and offers not only inspiring passages we've come to expect in the world of the long distance runner, but breathtaking photography and insight into the minds, passions and heartaches associated with the sport. It fairly examines the good and the bad throughout the long history of "Marathon;" from ancient Greece to contemporary pop culture.

Divided into 26.2 chapters, it is a wonderful book for both the devoted runner and interested spectator as well. Would make a great gift.

I actually had an emotional reaction by the time I got to "the Finish Line." Just like in real-life! So this book willl definitely be a treasured addition to my library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captures the true spirit of running! Feb. 21 2007
By Victor L. Randolph - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a "senior", "middle-of-the-pack" runner and been at this for 30 yrs, completed 7 marathons and read most of the books concerning the subject, but found this one to be truly original. Running is basically a simplistic sport but to extend oneself to the extent to complete a marathon requires a special effort which this book manages to capture better than any other I've read so far. A must for anyone interested in running or those trying to figure out what makes people do this crazy stuff. Easy reading and wonderful photography!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marathon Books Nov. 18 2007
By J. Curtis - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book, especially for those who have run a marathon and can appreciate first hand the highs and lows involved every step of the way. Couldn't put it down.
4.0 out of 5 stars A light text with nice pictures. Feb. 26 2014
By conrado s rodrigues - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is nicely illustrated and with a good text with some interesting aspects about marathon running. Its is a reunion of curious facts about the sport in which each topic is treated in a concise and light text.
5.0 out of 5 stars Motivational++ Feb. 1 2014
By Adam R. Culp - Published on Amazon.com
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While I was preparing for my first marathon this book was a HUGE help in boosting my motivation. As a side benefit it also introduced some tidbits to help me along in my training.
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