26.2: Marathon Stories

26.2: Marathon Stories

by Kathrine Switzer, Roger Robinson


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26.2: Marathon Stories 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594863301
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 04/13/2006
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 589,477
Product dimensions: 8.26(w) x 8.53(h) x 0.96(d)

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.

, 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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