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The Chicago Marathon Paperback – August 24, 2006

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"The urban marathon has been called ‘'a moving spectacle'’ and Andrew Suozzo has captured more of the moving parts than any other writer. Most marathon books dig no deeper than the winners and their great performances. The Chicago Marathon uncovers how the organizers, sponsors, runners, and neighborhoods mesh together to create a magnificent event."
-- Amby Burfoot, executive editor, Runner's World magazine and winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon


"Suozzo goes far beyond the history of a specific race, examining the marathon both as a societal movement and a personal quest for our age. All aspects of the race--from initial planning to the runners themselves--are presented with the thorough-ness of an academic and the understanding of a participant. The Chicago Marathon will appeal to all who are interested in marathoners and the role of marathons in the modern world."
-- Jonathan Beverly, editor in chief, Running Times

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In The Chicago Marathon, Andrew Suozzo reveals this citywide ritual as far more than a simple race. Providing a full-spectrum look at the event's production and participants, Suozzo shows how the elements that comprise the marathon also reflect modern Chicago's politics, its people, and the ways the city engages with the wider world.

The book encompasses all of the forces that come together to make the race the spectacle it has become today. Beginning with a brisk history of the marathon, Suozzo leads readers from its origins in Greek mythology to its modern reality, and also along its rocky road to international prominence. He investigates the roles of sponsorship, small-business support, and the city's intervention on behalf of the marathon, as well as the alliances the event has forged with the media and charity fundraisers. He also discusses race management and the grassroots support that ultimately make it possible, with a special perspective on the aid station directors and volunteers. Finally, The Chicago Marathon features numerous interviews with the runners themselves, ranging from world-renowned professional athletes to amateurs with diverse backgrounds and abilities.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1 edition (August 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252074211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252074219
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,225,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Y. Zhang on November 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
After having finished 2 times Chicago half marathon this and last year, I also ran this year's Chicago Marathon. With my impressive feeling during and after running, I became very interested in the history, status and some background story of Chicago marathon. I borrowed this book from the Chicago Public Library and read it. It is a very nice book covering all aspect of the marathon itself, including the history, the race director, sponsorship, government support, charities and media, and more interesting the runners. I found a lot of information behind the scene. Mr. Suozzo did a lot of interviews and provided many first-hand evidence of why and how the Chicago Marathon are continually becoming popular as one of the major marathon in the world.

This book is particularly informative for people, like myself, who have run Chicago marathon. However, it is not a training book with no technical guidances of how to train and run Chicago Marathon.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Hitchings on January 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
Good book for those who live in Chicago and want to learn the history of the marathon. As a first timer running Chicago, I thought it would give me course insight, running strategies and what to expect running the marathon. it wasn't this type of book. I returned it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher M. Terry on February 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
A facinating look, often behind the scenes, of this world famous race. A must read for anyone that has run Chicago or is contemplating it.
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