New York Times sportswriter Robbins captures the world's ultimate marathon, the New York City race. Set during the 2007 marathon, the narrative follows several runners: male and female professional runners with more at stake than prize money (a recovering alcoholic trying to mend her family; a cancer survivor running his first marathon; a 67-year-old grandmother on her 12th New York marathon) as they make their way through the city's five boroughs. Robbins's journalist's eye is thorough as she intersperses stories of wheelchair athletes, volunteers, spectators and even the city workers who paint the course markers. Those who've read Fred Lebow's Inside the World of Big-Time Marathoning or Ron Rubin's book on the New York City marathon, Anything for a T-shirt, will appreciate the varied voices here. Using each mile to structure the 26.2 chapters, Robbins allows readers to experience the event without ever putting on a pair of running shoes. (Oct. 7)
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*Starred Review* Robbins, who covers sports for the New York Times, offers a vivid, winning portrait of the New York City Marathon, now the largest in the world with nearly 40,000 participants. “It’s like a Cecil B. DeMille movie because it’s on such a huge, epic scale,” said one former winner. Taking the 2007 race mile by mile, Robbins profiles each of the principal elite runners, including their training regimens and personal stories; describes each mile’s particular features; limns a large cast of supporting characters, from an aid-station volunteer to a gospel choir that performs inspirational music for the marathoners on the eighth mile; and gives a good overview of how the event is organized. Along the way, Robbins conveys an intimate sense of the physical demands the race places on the body, all the while building suspense—though we know the winners—that’s the equal of a good action movie. A quality piece of journalism from start to finish. --Alan Moores --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
27.08.2015 I'm by preparing to NYC Marathon which I take a part on 1st November 2015. I was looking on internet to find information about this beautiful event which started in 1970... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Krystian Madejski
If I wasn't planning on running the NYC Marathon, this book would be pretty boring. It's Okay, and gives you a tiny glimpse into what each mile will entail. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lauren
An excellent read, (only up to mile 10 so far). Book delivered well inside the allotted timePublished 6 months ago by Colin Watterson
Loved this book! Read it prior to running the 2013 New York City Marathon and it inspired and energized me to finish the race! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Alice M Cuellar
Great writing and story telling. A good guide to the race, it's history and the course. I can't wait till November.Published 16 months ago by Larry Wanger
For those who have run the race, this brings back fond memories. If you are not a runner it may help you understand runner friends.Published 21 months ago by Karl F. Kuhn Sr.