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Run for the Diamonds: 100 Years of Footracing in Berwick, Pennsylvania Paperback – November 1, 2008
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Mark Will-Weber's history of the race is a must-have for anyone's who's ever run or been involved in the race. It is an informative and intriguing account of the race, its host city, and the many legendary runners who have participated in the race since it began in 1908.
It's not the most gripping read--sometimes it has almost a stat-book quality as Will-Weber methodically describes every race since 1908 and lists all the top finishers. What's missing is drama and back-story. How has the course--and Berwick--changed over the years? What's the story of those churches on Summer Hill? Who's "Kachinka" of Kachinka Hollow? Why, with a much smaller field, were there over 200 runners who ran under an hour in the early 80's compared to about 100 in recent years? Why not delve more deeply into back-stories of recent top runners? In short, why not more story and less stat-sheet narrative?