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"Running has taken Yasso to races allover the planet...and repeatedly thrust him into stranger-than-fiction scenarios. For years, people have asked him to recount his experiences in a book-and now he has."-Runner's World"

About the Author

BART YASSO is the chief running officer of Runner’s World magazine. He has completed more than 1,000 races, triathlons, biathlons, and eco-challenges over the past twenty-five years. In 2007 he was inducted into the Running USA Hall of Champions in recognition of his contribution, impact, and dedication to the sport. He lives in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.
KATHLEEN PARRISH is an award-winning writer and special projects reporter at The Morning Call in Pennsylvania and freelance writer for Better Homes and Gardens magazine. She lives in Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605298271
  • ASIN: B003GAMZRW
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #903,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bart Yasso's life story is amazing.
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I just love reading about running so when I saw this on the shelf, I picked it up.
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If you are a runner you should definitely read this book!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Weathers on June 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
All in all, I thought this book was very entertaining. I am an intermediate runner, who loves to hear the experiences of other runners. The stories contained are all well written and entertaining. This will motivate current runners to try and experience new races and novice runners to get off the coach.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Neil Craigan on May 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Whether you are a seasoned runner or an aspiring beginner this book is worth the read. As I read this book I found myself catapulted from deep contemplation to laughter within the course of a few sentences.
Through this collection of stories Yasso takes us through the highs and lows of his life and the great joy of running (and biking). He offers salient advice for those who want to run better without making it sound like a "how to" section.
Whether you run or just read this is a book of inspiration that is too good to pass up on.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marley on July 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book cracked me up. Bart is inspirational, funny, and crazy. All the making's of a runner:)!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia A. Boler on February 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
For a couple of months I have seen this book advertised in Runners World. I thought it looked funny and thought about getting it but never got around to it. Then, I went to the expo for the Phoenix Rock n Roll Marathon. Bart Yasso was there selling his book. I thought- here's my chance. I bought it, he signed it, and I had my picture taken with him. His book was super enjoyable, laugh out loud funny, and really helpful. I am going to add his training methods to my runs. The cool thing is-he is really that nice. Here I am some middle of the packer talking to him and telling him what my favorite marathon was. He listened, said how much he liked that one, too, and wished me well! Made my day!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael DENNISUK VINE VOICE on October 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Mr. Yasso has produced a nice little running book about the places he's run and the people he has met. This is an easy, breezy read. Mr. Yasso does not seem too take himself to seriously and we can all live vicariously through his globe trotting adventures. I skipped past the training programs (You can pick one up in any running magazine, any month) but I did enjoy his list of favorite races.This book is a nice addition to your library of running books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Lisson on September 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am a big fan of Bart Yasso's book, `My life on the run: the wit, wisdom, and insights of a road racing icon.' His stories of running with a burro in Colorado, running in Death Valley in California, and dodging wild animals in India are funny and a testament to the exciting life a long distance runner can lead. Perfect read on the couch for that snowy day when you can't get out and run.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Minnesota Road n Trail on February 19, 2013
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Bart Yasso is a very likeable person. No wonder he landed such an awesome gig with Runner's World. He's also a great writer and has amazing stories to share. Life was not always easy for Bart. In his early twenty's he battled addiction with drugs and booze. He credits running for saving his life. It was his late brother who inspired him to become something more. Who knows how his life would've turned out if his brother hadn't been there for him. Running has taken Bart around the world and introduced him to thousands of people. He shares a few of their stories in his book. You'll also hear about some of his most memorable races including the Badwater ultra, the Bare Buns Fun Run, and a race where participants are partnered with a burro. He even paced several races while dealing with Lyme's Disease. While Bart has finished races with some impressive times he shows readers that running isn't just about setting PR's, it's about living life to the fullest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Forster on May 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book - it's packed full of insight and knowledge about running including training plans, recommended races and much more. It's written in a casual style that's easy to read and full of humorous anecdotes. Bart is an absolutely amazing athelete and person - it's wonderful he took the time to share his wisdom with us!
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