We’ve got two bundles of the best ultrarunning stories you’ll ever read!
Written by elite runners in their fields you’ll be mesmerised by their stories of the first road races and earliest ultramarathoners, the pace breaking strategies of Olympic medal winner Filbert Bayi to the legendary winners at Badwater Ultramarathon and ‘Father of American Ultrarunning’ Ted Corbitt.
Fancy getting your hands on…
– Running to Extremes by Scott Ludwig
– Running Throughout Time by Roger Robinson
– Catch Me If You Can by Filbert Bayi
You’ll love having these books by your side on holiday or at home relaxing in the sun. Read a little bit more about them below.
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‘Running to Extremes: The Legendary Athletes of Ultrarunning’
by Scott Ludwig
Runners will be inspired and fascinated reading about Mark Covert who has run every day for 45 straight years, how Pam Reed won the Badwater Ultramarathon, and Dean Karnazes ran 50 marathons in fifty states over 50 days, how Larry Macon set four world records for the most marathons in a calendar year, and Amy Winters-Palmiero ran and finished Badwater with a prosthetic leg.
These are just some of the incredible and inspiring achievements of the endurance athletes profiled in “Running to Extremes: The Legendary Athletes of Ultrarunning. Each one of these athletes has pushed the limits of human endurance to become an inspiration for people around the world. Their achievements are profiled in individual chapters, each introduced by prominent ultrarunners and friends.
In addition to the most prolific endurance athletes in the world today, one section is dedicated to the Father of American Ultrarunning, Ted Corbitt. Including a foreword by his son, Gary Corbitt, and a special section on his life and achievements, Running to Extremes serves to preserve his legacy.
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‘Running Throughout Time: The Greatest Running Stories Ever Told’
by Roger Robinson
It’s the perfect runner’s bedside storybook. Colourful, dramatic, alive with human insight and period detail, these stories are also full of new discoveries. Readers will find the true story of Pheidippides and the Battle of Marathon; they will read text from the world’s first newspaper report of a footrace (1719). The book uncovers important evidence of the first road races, the origins of cross-country running, and the earliest marathons, telling the true story of the origins of the marathon and just why racers must run exactly 26 miles, 385 yards (42.2 km). Further, it tells more modern stories, like those of women’s marathon activist, Kathrine Switzer.
Roger Robinson is a vivid storyteller and a lifelong elite runner who knows the sport deeply and passionately, yet he is also a meticulous scholar who digs and digs until he gets the story right. He shares his findings here, such as those from his investigation of the tragedy during the 1928 Olympics when most of the women running the 800 meters collapsed in distress. Roger has been everywhere in running: elite runner, masters champion, stadium announcer, TV commentator, researcher, and journalist.
The stories in this book are selected because each is significant in the greater story of running and because Roger can bring something new and exciting to their telling. From variant translations of ancient poems, dusty stacks of old newspapers, crackly handwritten notebooks, and carefully studied film footage, Roger has done every kind of homework to get these unforgettable stories right.
Catch Me If You Can: Revolutionizing My Sport, Breaking World Records and Creating a Legacy for Tanzania’
By Filbert Bayi, with Myles Schrag
FOREWORD BY SEGUN ODEGBAMI
Nearly half a century ago, Filbert Bayi revolutionized how the middle-distance races were run. During that heyday of athletics competition before pacemakers were hired to take the lead, the unheralded Tanzanian served as his own ‘rabbit’.
The innovative Bayi set a blistering pace that dared formidable challengers from around the globe to, as his autobiography suggests, Catch Me If You Can.
After an inspiring career that included two world records and an Olympic medal, Bayi took the same assertive approach into post-racing life as an educator, entrepreneur and sports administrator.
Today, he still embodies excellence in a school and foundation that bear his name as he strives to improve his country and community.
In telling his long-awaited story, Bayi recounts hardships, including his mother’s encounter with hyenas while he was still in the womb, bouts of malaria and an Olympic boycott, as well as enduring friendships with John Walker and other great rivals.
Over nearly 70 years, his experiences consistently reflect the three values he treasures most – sacrifice, commitment and confidence – resulting in an unforgettable example for anyone, anywhere to follow.
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Entries close on Sunday 9th July 2023. 2 lucky winners will each receive a bundle of 3 ultramarathons books each comprising Running to Extremes, Running Throughout Time and Catch Me if you Can. Books will be posted in July 2023.