on December 7, 2009
I've been enjoying reading this book. Even as a non-runner it's exciting to hear brief, unpretentious accounts of the world's grandest races. In fact, the non-pretentious tone is one of its most magnetic attributes paired with the ADD-friendly catigorical presentation of the races. This makes for digestible and clear, succinct, and intelligent observations (for all readers), helpful hints (for runners, and curious non-runners alike), points of interest (for all), factoids (all), mild wit and humor that shows a point of view (all), background (for non-runners, aspiring runners and newbies) and of course, etc. Puntillo scratched a particularly provocotive itch by including a relatively extended- in the way that a facebooker-dense culture does extended- six to seven page account of the Everest marathon; not a word wasted. I would have resented any less (and probably any more).
I didn't know what to expect, and I am impressed, but more importantly, not bored and I learned some enriching facts if for no other reason to improve my Jeopardy game. And that is important.
on August 23, 2009
Great Races, Incredible Places is a rich read. Puntillo inspires the reader, both mature and newbie runner, with descriptions and locations that are tangible; the spirit of running is complete on each page. Each story is an experience not only in great running adventures but also life illustrations. This book is a testimony of running's healthy and positive effect on the person as a whole and running as a lifestyle.