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Running Wild: An Extraordinary Adventure from the Spiritual World of Running Paperback – December 18, 1997
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"He nearly drowned. He battled heat, cold, thirst and exhaustion. When he was nearly done, a snake rattled inches away from his ankles."
--The Los Angeles Times
"Canyon Pioneers. John Annerino . . . has made a series of audacious wilderness runs, including the first below-the-rim run of the length of the Grand Canyon."
"Annerino excels . . . and he writes tellingly of loneliness, fear, cold, and heat. . . well written and even inspirational."
The Grand Canyon Explored. "Wherever you go in the Grand Canyon, you're likely to be treading in the footsteps of John Annerino. There's no one better to tap for insights on Grand Canyon lore, history and geography . . . Here, canyon master John Annerino unveils the greatest tales of Grand Canyon history."
--National Geographic Adventure
"Cheers to John Annerino, who . . . showed armchair America there are still some Richard Haliburton-style adventures to be found."
--The Arizona Republic
"Some mysteries can't be solved. How did ancient runners cover stupendous distances nonstop through mountains and deserts? John Annerino has combined thrilling true-to-life action with metaphysical speculation. The triumph of overcoming mighty obstacles through sheer determination comes through in this tale of pain and grit. Reading this book may increase one's respect for the mountain man of the past and the Native dwellers he encountered in the lone places of the West."
"Running Wild by John Annerino is the most exciting book that I have ever read. It has brought me inside the burning lungs and beating heart of a runner, following the always treacherous trails that the Hohokam, Anasazi, and other more ancient Indians ran along, all day, and all day the next day. Annerino's account of running along these same ancient trails has shown us another side of running than we are used to in modern track and even marathons -- the side that is about getting there alive. His runs traverse some of the most rugged terrain of earth . . ."
--Mindfulness, John Bilby
"A different, good read, this book is a winner. Iron-man wilderness running and historical research, seemingly strange bedfellows, come together in this book in an effective way that is truly unique.
--Neil Carmony, Author
"His journey of discovery becomes . . . a fervent quest to share in the way of an ancient culture. This work is an unconventional blend of earth science and mystical revelation, offering a view of the Grand Canyon the way few have experienced it."
-- Library Journal
From the Author
Researched throughout the Grand Canyon, Colorado River, Painted Desert, Hopi mesas, Havasupai canyons, Southwest deserts, and Mexico's Sierra Tarahumara, the essays feature long-distance wilderness runs in the Bradshaw Mountains, on El Camino del Diablo, across the Galiuro Wilderness, along the Mojave Trail; the first ascent of the Southwest Face of Zoroaster Temple, Grand Canyon; and the first multi-day, end-to-end journey runs through the Grand Canyon tracing ancient and historic trails along cliffs, canyons, and hanging terraces: 170-mile run below the South Rim, 210-mile run along the ancient Hopi / Havasupai trade from Oraibi to Havasupai, 250-mile run below the seldom-explored North Rim. Also included are the long distance running traditions of the Tarahumara (Rarámuri, "foot runners") of Mexico's Sierra Madre and Barranca del Cobre, and the running prowess of the Grand Canyon's Hopi and Havasupai. 24 black-and-white photos, Grand Canyon line drawing map, Appendix of the author's training, Cartography, Bibliography.
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