BOOK REVIEW – RUNNING WITH THE LEGENDS, By Brad Zanetti

“RUNNING with the LEGENDS”, by, Michael Sandrock, Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois. 1996, pp 568

While trying to finish the Dr George Sheehan trilogy (see last  months Newsletter) I finally finished a book that I have been reading May15ZanettiHeadshotfor over a year. “Running with the Legends” is definitely not an easy read. At over 550 pages it is a solid commitment. At 21 chapters in length, basically 21 different short stories (one for each ‘legend’) don’t necessarily lend themselves to a cover to cover read. The legends include Zatopek, Keino, Rodgers, Waitz, Coe and Benoit among many others.  I find reading a chapter or 2 at a time and most likely in a random order the most satisfying. Sometimes not getting back to the book for weeks at time has been the norm. The short story format lends itself to a great experience. Each story has been very well written and very complete. You will get a nice understanding of the running careers of each ‘Legend’ with the welcome addition of their insights and training trips. Each chapter begins with a historical picture of the runner, a birthdate, a nickname and many of their most important running records/awards. At an average of 25 pages per story you will be drawn into the life of each legend. “Running with the Legends”, if in a slightly larger and thinner format. would make an excellent coffee table book for any proud Empire Runner (see Cosmo Kramers idea for a coffee table book about coffee tables :}. Well even if this book doesn’t end up on your coffee table it would be a welcome addition to any runners bookshelf and his or her essential running library list. I would rate “Running with the Legends” a 5/5 and a must have. In addition, the reading of the short stories of each legend may pique your interest to find and read the full length versions where available. Happy reading.

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