- 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 (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Juggernauts: The Making of a Runner & a Team in the First American Running Boom Paperback – November 28, 2008
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful memoir about sports and small town Kentucky in the early '70's.Published 6 months ago by John E. Hancock
Awesome book. If you ran high school cross country you will love it.Published 9 months ago by David S. Brown
An amazingly interesting and funny account of cross country in the 1970s, the best of three good books on the subject I have recently read: 1 Juggernauts, 2 God at the Starting... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
I cannot say that you will love this book if you did not run cross country with a team, but if you did, you will love it. I ran with both on a team in high school and in college. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Nicholas T. Graham
A solid book that takes the time to look at cross country not as just a sport but, in the life of the young men, a way of living. Read morePublished on January 26, 2014 by Paul Duffau
This is a good book for a high school, college, or any age of athlete that loves the sport of running.Published on July 31, 2013 by Tyler
I gave this as a gift to my nephew who is a runner, he has enjoyed it greatley. He carries it in his back pack to share with his team!Published on January 14, 2013 by pitty pat
A Runner's World editor first told me about Juggernauts. Since I am a runner, he thought it'd be right up my alley. Read morePublished on January 7, 2010 by Matthew Mccue