Race Like No Other

26.2 Miles Through the Streets of New York

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc

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Language: English | Number of Pages: 256 | Format: Hardcover

Isbn-10: 0061373133 | Isbn-13: 9780061373138 | Publish date: 

Also available as: Paperback

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Book Description
"A Race Like No Other" is a narrative based on the November 4, 2007 race, but it is timeless in its themes. Acclaimed "New York Times" sportswriter Liz Robbins captures the enormity of the New York City Marathon through the prism of five representative athletes and the experiences that brought them to the starting line: one male and one female professional runner from overseas, both of whom have won this race previously; a recovering alcoholic and mother of three who was in jail last Marathon Sunday; a cancer survivor running for charity to follow a growing trend; and, a first-timer who wants to check a marathon off the list of life goals.Woven into the narrative will be supporting characters: fixtures like 65-year-old Tucker Andersen, who has run the five-borough race every year since 1976, and John Codiglia, police chief of the 10th precinct, who entertains runners with his bullhorn as he stands on Central Park South near the finish.
Flashes of history will amplify the present and provide insight into the neighborhoods and the people who have made the race into the phenomenon it is today: the race's charismatic founder, Fred Lebow; Grete Waitz, the Norwegian-born runner who won it a record nine times; Vic Navarra, a retired firefighter who has directed the start in Staten Island for three decades and is dying of cancer; and, Mary Wittenberg, the chief executive of the New York Road Runners Association, who has vaulted the organisation to international prominence.
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    They run to live to they live to run.
    They come to outrun their demons and their diagnoses.
    They run because they cannot stop running.

    The book is a slow starter. It has to introduce lots of character ...continue

    They run to live to they live to run.
    They come to outrun their demons and their diagnoses.
    They run because they cannot stop running.

    The book is a slow starter. It has to introduce lots of characters, both elite runners and amateurs like you and me. Things happen in parallel, sometimes with flashbacks. The narration is interesting with quests of different people. And the last chapter provides a happy ending for most of them.

    There are so many characters that I lost track of who they are in the beginning. I once thought of quitting. Fortunately I hang on :)

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