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26.2 Marathon Stories Hardcover – Apr 18 2006

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  • Hardcover: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Vhps Rodale; 1 edition (April 18 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159486330X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594863301
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 962 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #613,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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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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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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3a57558) out of 5 stars Must-Have for Marathon Runners of All Levels/Experience June 5 2006
By Nelson Aspen - Published on
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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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa313072c) out of 5 stars Captures the true spirit of running! Feb. 21 2007
By Victor L. Randolph - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3127fa8) out of 5 stars A nice overview Dec 18 2011
By WDX2BB - Published on
Format: Hardcover
You have to like a book that gets right to the point in the title.

Those familiar with running know the significance of the title. Twenty-six-point-two are the number of miles in a marathon; it's 26 miles and 385 yards to be a bit more precise. So this well-done tribute to the race has 26.2 chapters.

The format really is the selling point of the point, as it's quite inventive. Every chapter covers a different aspect of the race. My favorite chapter may have come early, as number two is called "The Starting Line." It covers the story about the history of the race, and clears up some misconceptions about the origin of the marathon. The legend is that a Greek runner ran from Marathon to Athens, announced "Hail! We are victorious" concerning a battle, and then collapsed and died.

It's a charming tale, but probably not overly true. But the legend continues, and the word Marathon has become a synonym for most long-lasting events.

The chapters give a good indication of the wide variety of subjects here: Olympic distance, mapping the course, motivation, heroes, training, gear, charity, agony, time, souvenirs, etc. Finally, at 26.2 there is "The Ecstasy," a very appropriate choice. The subject covers a lot of ground, so to speak, and so does this book.

In spite of the thought that went into the text, the pictures really are the star of the show here. Switzer and Robinson have done a fine job collecting photos of marathon-related items. There are shots of marathons that will make you stop and stare -- one in front of a glacier in Switzerland is particularly fascinating. Brrr. Even a two-page shot of empty chairs along the route is fascinating in its own way.

This book basically has one drawback: it's a coffee-table book in a small sense. It didn't take much time at all to zip through this. For $29.95, I'd like a little bit more to read. But that's just my bias, and it may not be yours.

Switzer and Robinson are a husband-and-wife team with a long running background. Switzer helped knock down barriers to long-distance running by women, and has gone on to a career connected to running and women's sports. Robinson has done his own work on the roads and in the media, and he's also a teacher and author.

They have accomplished what they set out to do in "26.2." If there's someone in your life who is about to run a marathon, this would be a great gift. After all, it's nice to have something good waiting at the finish line.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3e50e04) out of 5 stars Marathon Books Nov. 18 2007
By jrcli - Published on
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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.
HASH(0xa335e828) out of 5 stars 26.2 Reasons to Love Running ! Sept. 29 2012
By Suzanne R. Meier - Published on
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"26.2: Marathon Stories" is a must have for any runners,fans of the Olympics, and Marathon enthusiasts. Kathy Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon with a bib number in 1967. She has finished 35 Marathons, winning New York in 1974, and has been an authority on running for over 30 years. Together with her husband, Roger Robinson, a world ranked runner, and historian of the sport, they have put together a book that traces the history of the Marathon. From Phidippides, to the revival of the Marathon at the Olympic Games of 1896, to Boston, New York, Chicago and around the world, Switzer and Robinson take the reader on a 26.2 mile "run" of history, interesting facts, developements in running styles, and equipment. Each chapter contains extroardinary photographs of Marathons around the world: The Sahara, Himalayas, Switerland, and Antarctica! Chapter 24, "Out of the Rift Valley" , highlights the the rise of Kenyan runners to the top of the sport. As a runner myself, (with fairly modest abilities and goals), choosing this book was easy for me, but I think "26.2: Marathon Stories" will be a nice edition to the collection of any sports enthusiast.