- Publisher: Bantam Books (September 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553012754
- ISBN-13: 978-0553012750
- Package Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,873,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ultramarathon Paperback – September, 1980
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An awe inspiring and thought provoking book of endurance and persistence!
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Sadly enough, in my zeal to collect every single book written by ultra runners, hikers, cyclers, walkers and a few crawlers, I can tell you that most people who wrote a book were unable to convey their experiences in a compelling way. Most are utter failures.
Luckily, a real writer shows up now and again. James E. Shapiro author of Ultramarathon beautifully describes the experience and motivation of the Long Distance runner with a prose rarely experienced in the ultra writing. He describes the history of the sport from the wobblers of the CC Pyle Races Across America, the history of Comrades, and great description of his own attempt at an American record in the 24 hour during an event at Crystal Palace in London.
Why We Run the Ultras
Why do we do it?
The idea always comes first. It begins as it must, as a perverse whim that offends the ordinary commonsense. Bit it is a bit of inspiration, a diamond grain in the shoe that demands an itch.
Shapiro goes onto interview Peter Gavuzzi who ran in CC Pyles 1928/29 races across america who describes the joy of running 45-50 miles a day for 70 straight days in the Bunion Derbies. More than a simple history of Ultrarunning, Shapiro digs deep into the mind and motivation of those driven to the Ultra sport coming closer than anybody I have read in making sense out of those who need to push beyond the normal limits of physical effort.
The book is long out of print and quite expensive, but you can get a copy. You will not find a better book on Ultrarunning.
He's reviewed it here: [...]