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Once a Runner
by Jr. John L. Parker and Patrick Lawlor


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Once a Runner captures the essence of what it means to be a competitive runner; to devote your entire existence to a single-minded pursuit of excellence. It has become one of the most beloved sports novels ever written. Originally self-published in 1978 and sold at road races out of the trunk of the author s car, reading the book became a rite of passage for many runners, and tattered copies were handed down like sacred texts from generation to generation.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Once a Runner captures the essence of what it means to be a competitive runner; to devote your entire existence to a single-minded pursuit of excellence. It has become one of the most beloved sports novels ever written. Originally self-published in 1978 and sold at road races out of the trunk of the author s car, reading the book became a rite of passage for many runners, and tattered copies were handed down like sacred texts from generation to generation.

Once a Runner is the story of Quenton Cassidy, a collegiate runner at fictional Southeastern University whose lifelong dream is to run a four-minute mile. He is less than a second away when the political and cultural turmoil of the Vietnam War era intrudes into the staid recesses of his school s athletic department. After he becomes involved in an athletes protest, Cassidy is suspended from his track team.

Under the tutelage of his friend and mentor, Bruce Denton, a graduate student and former Olympic gold medalist, Cassidy gives up his scholarship, his girlfriend, and possibly his future to withdraw to a monastic retreat in the countryside and begin training for the race of his life: a head-to-head match with the greatest miler in history.

This audiobook is a rare insider s account of the incredibly intense lives of elite distance runners; an inspiring, funny, and spot-on tale of one man s quest to become a champion.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781501246661
  • ISBN-10: 1501246666
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publish Date: March 2015


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