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Anything For a T-Shirt: Fred Lebow and the New York City Marathon, the World's Greatest Footrace (Sports and Entertainment) Paperback – November 1, 2004
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If you run, read this book! This is the best book ever written on Fred Lebow and marathon running.
Exactly what Fred's vision was and how he worked to bring it to fruition--the history of the marathoning culture as we know it today--is developed in the first 11 chapters of the book.
> According to KATHRINE SWITZER, who knew Lebow well:
"Lebow's lifetime creation, the New York City Marathon, parallels his life story, and nobody's told it better than Ron Rubin in 'Anything for a T-Shirt...'. Rubin shows us how this modest but complex man, who was himself exhilarated with the transforming effects of fitness, took an obscure footrace and turned it into an extravagant festival that brought joy to the world's most glamorous and competitive city and attracted millions of everyday people to distance running. It is a case study in sports marketing, event management and psychology..."
The remainder of the book is dedicated to the heartwarming story of Lebow's struggle with cancer and his momentous first running of his own marathon in 1992 -- a cancer survivor accompanied by a host of friends led by Grete Waitz.
> SWITZER's review of these final chapters states:
"The book's climax is superb, reeling the reader up very dramatically, day by day, then mile by mile.Read more ›
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The book started out good. My professor is actually the one who wrote this book and urged us to buy it for a book report assignment so...yea hahaPublished on December 21, 2012 by Amanda
I purchased this book for my brother who is an avid runner and junior high social studies teacher, so the history of the New York City Marathon, which he dreams of participating... Read morePublished on January 14, 2011 by Amazon Customer