From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. What happens when runners tackle a marathon over slush, ice and naked rock on an Antarctic island? Yes, their race times are much slower, but this bizarre exercise has, over the past 10 years, raised concerns far beyond the typical marathoners'. Author and Runner's World contributing editor Hanc (The Essential Marathoner) devotes the sea lion's share of this ice-bound marathon memoir to these concerns, especially in examining the determined, colorful runners competing alongside him (including "bicycle-riding grandmas" and a wheelchair-bound marathoner from Singapore). The 50-year-old writer became interested after speaking with a recently returned friend ("'It feels like I just got back from another planet,' Lipsky said") and soon found himself considering the race in spite of his better sense-improbably, the devoted runner had pushed himself to the point where running 26.2 miles on the streets of New York, Chicago or London was just too cushy. The Antarctic, of course, provides all the challenge he could ever want, and his sharp, fun and funny account captures well the incredible ferocity of life there. Though a special treat for runners, travel readers and non-athletes interested in extreme human experiences will also find this a bracing read.
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"While it may seem as simple as putting one foot in front of the other for 26.2 miles, the world of the marathon is a complex, funny, strange and fascinating one. . . . John Hanc shows us just how far that world extends and reminds us how compelling and admirableand okay, zanyare those who go the distance." Runner's World Magazine
"No pomp. No generalizations. Just a friend with a great little story to tell. Witty, informative and inspiring." Benjamin Cheever, author, Strides: Running Through History With an Unlikely Athlete
"John Hanc takes us along on an adventure you will never forget. A book that will haunt your thoughts and run with your mind." Toby Tanser, author, More Fire: How to Run the Kenyan Way and The Essential Guide to Running the New York City Marathon
"With Hanc as our trusty guide, we emerge from the tale of the trek feeling as if we were therealthough we suffered no bouts of seasickness and have not a speck of mud or penguin dung on our boots." Mark Will-Weber, author, The Quotable Runner and Run for the Diamonds: 100 Years of Footracing in Berwick, Pennsylvania
"A must read for any adventure-minded runner, or for those just looking to get a taste of what it's like to run a marathon on the most desolate continent on earth." Dean Karnazes, marathon runner and author, Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner
"Full of humor, adventure, and inspiring characters." booksextremesports.blogspot.com