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Product Details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press; 1St Edition edition (November 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432733397
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432733391
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,064,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Adkisson is a ninth generation Kentuckian, and for nearly four decades he has been a devoted runner. His book Juggernauts tells the story of his high school cross country team's rise from very humble beginnings to winning back to back State Championships. Upon graduation, Steve ran in college for four years and had personal bests of 3:52 for 1,500 meters, 14:20 for 5,000 meters, and 30:08 for 10,000 meters. He continues to run and compete in cross country, track, triathlon, and ultra distance trail races.

Steve has written for a wide variety of magazines and newspapers on topics ranging from banjo playing, collector cars, and insurance to fitness, injury prevention, and sports promotion. Juggernauts is his first published book and there are others currently in various stages of production.

Among his accomplishments as a runner, Steve has broken the 5:00 minute mile every year since 1973 and has completed 17 marathons including Boston, Las Vegas, Louisville, Columbus, and the Cincinnati Flying Pig. He has qualified for and competed in three Xterra National Triathlon Championships and is a three time Xterra Regional Champion. He has competed in three Ironman World Championship Triathlon qualifiers.

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Congratulations and thank you Steve!
W. Hensley
This book also reminded me that running is an individual endeavor, but can be so much more with the camaraderie it brings in a group setting.
Abe
Juggernauts the story of high school cross country at its finest!
Karen Berling

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karen Berling on June 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
In his story, Juggernauts, Steve Adkisson, captures the unforgettable feeling of the outright exhaustion and pure glory that come with being a part of a high school cross country team working for a common cause. Anyone who has experienced this will have the memories come flooding back as they read Adkisson's account of his days on the Lloyd High School cross country team from 1972 - 1975. Whether it is Adkisson's literary ability to describe every aspect of being a high school cross country athlete or the instant connection that an interested reader would obviously have to Adkisson's experience, his words make any former or current cross country runner itch to toe the line.
A perfect example of Steve's emotionally packed but fully accurate description of what a high school cross country runner experiences goes like this: "This is what being an endurance athlete is all about. Pushing, testing, expanding the limit of our own bodies. Finding what might have been impossible six months ago is doable today. By gradually pushing back the barriers, which are mostly in our minds, we are able to perform better than we could previously. The human body adapts to the stress put on it, and each time the mind learns that something better is possible. Like the natural competiveness of thoroughbred horses, the entire group pushes each other towards achievements virtually impossible to achieve alone." (pg. 137)
I would recommend this book to any person who has ever loved the sport of cross country and their fellow teammates, and especially to any current high school cross country runner. Juggernauts the story of high school cross country at its finest!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael DENNISUK VINE VOICE on February 21, 2009
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OK, I'm biased. I love running. I love reading. I coach runners. I love coaching runners. I love reading about running. This book was written for me! Steve Adkisson has written a wonderful book about his journey into manhood as runner in the early '70s on a high school team in Kentucky. He captures the essence of the high school runner with all his passion, doubts, fears, bravado and love of life.

The Juggernauts are a high school cross country team in Northern Kentucky. Steve Adkisson "finds" the sport by accident while he attempting to get in shape for basketball. He takes us on a journey full of heartache and joy through his 4 seasons as a high school runner. It is set against the backdrop of the first "running boom". Their heroes were named Shorter and Prefontaine.

Mr. Adkisson has captured the heart and soul of the runner. His descriptions of the workouts and races are reminiscent of John L. Parker's best work in "Once A Runner" and "Again to Carthage". Cross Country runners LOVE their sport in a way that is indescribable to the non-runner. My runners frequently use the word "family" when describing what cross country means to them. Mr. Adkisson has captured that feeling of family that cross country runners share. This is a GREAT read for both runner and non-runner! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Linneman on January 24, 2009
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Juggernauts does a great job of depicting what it takes to be successful in any endeavor. The author's day by day approach to doing the small things well is inspiring and is applicable to sports, education, physical health or business. This is an easy read and would be appropriate for teens as well as adults. This should be required reading for high school and college athletes. Great book filled with funny stories. Above all it demonstrates what it takes to be a winner in the race of life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Philip C. Lagesse on December 12, 2008
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This is a wonderful book. Of course it has lots of interesting and worthwhile information about cross country running and competition but it has much more. It helps us look back at the 70's. It gives us a glimpse about what goes on in those testosterone filled brains of teen boys. It takes us through victory, defeat, and triumph. This is all done in a very entertaining way that makes you never want to stop turning the pages. This book would be a great read for teen boys, parents, coaches, runners and just about anybody.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Philbin on October 12, 2011
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I loved what Steve did with this book. If cross country was part of your past and running is your passion, you must read this book. I found many similarities in my life as Steve covers in this book. The friendships made during my cross country years and the positive impressions my coaches had on me at that time was something that I did't realize until many years later. This book brought back those happy memories. I'm not much of a reader but quickly got through this book. Great job Steve.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donna Whitley on June 30, 2009
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I am not a runner - have never been a runner. This book made me want to go out and challenge myself. Mr. Adkisson captured the heart and soul of extending yourself. He made me want to challenge myself. Truly, an inspirational book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George T. Donovan on November 5, 2009
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Rarely does one read a book that completely captures ones interest in the development of the story while simultaneously engaging viscerally your emotions and gut feelings through vivid descriptions of how it feels to race and train while on a high school cross country team. Moreover, the description of friendships formed and their value, the development of winning traditions, the intense, overriding focus on personal improvement, youthful antics, team dynamics, value of friendships, the development of traditions and relationships that push youthful loves/opportunities to a whole new level - Juggernauts does all of that and more. This book captures the spirit, emotions, joys, and pains of running better than any "how to run" book or article. From pre-race jitters to mid-race lack of consciousness and suddenly becoming aware that you are approaching the finish line physically spent, wobbly, but focused, the book offers the reader accurate glimpses into the range of sensations felt while racing.
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