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Product Details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press; 1St Edition edition (November 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432733397
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432733391
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Karen Berling on June 16, 2009
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In his story, Juggernauts, Steve Adkisson, captures the unforgettable feeling of the outright exhaustion and pure glory that come with being a part of a high school cross country team working for a common cause. Anyone who has experienced this will have the memories come flooding back as they read Adkisson's account of his days on the Lloyd High School cross country team from 1972 - 1975. Whether it is Adkisson's literary ability to describe every aspect of being a high school cross country athlete or the instant connection that an interested reader would obviously have to Adkisson's experience, his words make any former or current cross country runner itch to toe the line.
A perfect example of Steve's emotionally packed but fully accurate description of what a high school cross country runner experiences goes like this: "This is what being an endurance athlete is all about. Pushing, testing, expanding the limit of our own bodies. Finding what might have been impossible six months ago is doable today. By gradually pushing back the barriers, which are mostly in our minds, we are able to perform better than we could previously. The human body adapts to the stress put on it, and each time the mind learns that something better is possible. Like the natural competiveness of thoroughbred horses, the entire group pushes each other towards achievements virtually impossible to achieve alone." (pg. 137)
I would recommend this book to any person who has ever loved the sport of cross country and their fellow teammates, and especially to any current high school cross country runner. Juggernauts the story of high school cross country at its finest!
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OK, I'm biased. I love running. I love reading. I coach runners. I love coaching runners. I love reading about running. This book was written for me! Steve Adkisson has written a wonderful book about his journey into manhood as runner in the early '70s on a high school team in Kentucky. He captures the essence of the high school runner with all his passion, doubts, fears, bravado and love of life.

The Juggernauts are a high school cross country team in Northern Kentucky. Steve Adkisson "finds" the sport by accident while he attempting to get in shape for basketball. He takes us on a journey full of heartache and joy through his 4 seasons as a high school runner. It is set against the backdrop of the first "running boom". Their heroes were named Shorter and Prefontaine.

Mr. Adkisson has captured the heart and soul of the runner. His descriptions of the workouts and races are reminiscent of John L. Parker's best work in "Once A Runner" and "Again to Carthage". Cross Country runners LOVE their sport in a way that is indescribable to the non-runner. My runners frequently use the word "family" when describing what cross country means to them. Mr. Adkisson has captured that feeling of family that cross country runners share. This is a GREAT read for both runner and non-runner! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
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A solid book that takes the time to look at cross country not as just a sport but, in the life of the young men, a way of living. The commentary on running is very good and Adkisson does a good job of painting life in the mid-70's. The addition of the articles from the student newspaper provide an air of authenticity and personal memories of the character of the runners bring it alive.

Adkisson did not set himself apart from his team, truthfully recounting both his successes and failures. It would have been nice to see more perspective from the vantage of a now-middle-aged author to his younger self.

In all, an accurate and entertaining account of a cross country champion. The writing dogs down occasionally in extra detail but the story is presented in a very competent fashion. Already purchased a second copy and given it to one of the kids on the team.
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Juggernauts does a great job of depicting what it takes to be successful in any endeavor. The author's day by day approach to doing the small things well is inspiring and is applicable to sports, education, physical health or business. This is an easy read and would be appropriate for teens as well as adults. This should be required reading for high school and college athletes. Great book filled with funny stories. Above all it demonstrates what it takes to be a winner in the race of life.
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I loved what Steve did with this book. If cross country was part of your past and running is your passion, you must read this book. I found many similarities in my life as Steve covers in this book. The friendships made during my cross country years and the positive impressions my coaches had on me at that time was something that I did't realize until many years later. This book brought back those happy memories. I'm not much of a reader but quickly got through this book. Great job Steve.
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I cannot say that you will love this book if you did not run cross country with a team, but if you did, you will love it. I ran with both on a team in high school and in college. This book flooded me with memories of great runs, fast friendships and of giving your life to a sport. Also having a great coach was life changing for me. Thanks Steve for sharing with me memories of high school cross country that I had long forgotten.
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