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The Complete History of Cross-Country Running: From the Nineteenth Century to the Present Day Hardcover – January 16, 2018

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"This is a fascinating, well-researched story of cross-country racing through the ages. Hutchinson has given the reader the opportunity to feel the allure of the never-ending challenges and adventures that come with the preparation and competition over hills and barriers, across fields and streams--frequently in harsh weather--at the World Cross-Country Championships. All will find the journey to be rewarding."

- Doris Brown Heritage, five-time International Cross-Country Champion, five-time U.S. National Cross-Country Champion, and first female member of the Cross-Country and Road Running Committee of the IAAF.

"I have only praise for The Complete History of Cross-Country Running. Our most powerful connection with our atavistic nature is running over the land. This wonderful history is absolutely crucial to understanding how we have incorporated our running into society for millennia. Well, well done."

- Kenny Moore, author of Bowerman and the Men of Oregon, U.S. National Cross-Country Champion (1967) and founding member, U.S. Olympic Committee's Athletes Advisory Council.

"Cross-country running has always represented the 'soul' of running, which is supposed to launch human athletes into the natural environment. Andrew Hutchinson's Complete History is just that--a complete and entertaining account of cross-country's long and colorful past. You can't read these pages without reflecting on your own best cross-country days, or maybe plotting for the next one."

- Amby Burfoot, 1968 Boston Marathon Winner, Runner's World editor at-large.

"Andrew Hutchinson's engaging history calls us to take to the trails, brush off the dust of civilization and enjoy the thrill and challenge of cross-country running. From its origins in British schoolboy races to shop girls in France, he dives into a largely unknown corner of history and illuminates the colorful ancestry of a sport I love."

- Mina Samuels, author of Run Like a Girl: How Strong Women Make Happy Lives.

"Cross-country is what made me love running from the very beginning, and it gets far too little attention within the world of racing today. Hutchinson does an excellent job in this detailed description of harrier history. If you are not a cross-country runner or fan, you will be after this book."

- Ryan Vail, five-time All-American, five-time member of Team USA at the World Cross-Country Championships. 2:10 marathoner. Brooks Athlete.

About the Author

Andrew Boyd Hutchinson is a cross-country coach, history enthusiast, credentialed educator, and contributor to Meter Magazine and Track and Field News. A Bay Area native, Andrew has lived abroad in Europe, studied at Stanford University, and holds a degree in philosophy with a minor in English from Lake Forest College. An avid runner, Andrew competed all four years collegiately at the NCAA Division III level and now runs in the Cross-Country Grand Prix for USATF in the Pacific Association. He has a personal best over 8 kilometers in cross-country of 27:06.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 2.93 pounds
  • Hardcover : 328 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1631440764
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1631440762
  • Product Dimensions : 8.5 x 1.2 x 11 inches
  • Publisher : Carrel Books (January 16, 2018)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 22 ratings