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Throughout most of human history, running was necessary for survival. In present times, it has become an ever-popular way to promote physical fitness. This work takes a close look at the history of running from the era when running was a survival skill to the contemporary age, when people run for enjoyment. Questions such as why the Greeks considered swiftness of foot the most highly prized quality and why we run counterclockwise around a track are answered in this in-depth history that also includes anecdotes and legends about the history and lore of running. The author pays special attention to great runners, both for their performances and for what contemporary sports writers and fellow athletes thought of them.
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A retired aerospace engineer, Edward S. Sears is an avid runner. He lives in Shawsville, Virginia.Review:
"a valuable historic contribution." -- Syracuse Post Standard
"compelling...valuable historical and biographical information, revealing illustrations and photographs." -- The Roanoke Times Books
"definitive history...detail[ed]...[an] epic work...[a] fine book." -- Road Race Management
"informative, enjoyable...definitive history...crammed with wonderful short stories...magnificent photographs...thorough...great quotes, fascinating stories, superb illustrations...wonderful." -- Athletics Weekly
"remarkable...a marvelous collection of rare illustrations...an excellent index and bibliography...a book to treasure...fascinating." -- Track Stats
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Book Description McFarland Publishing, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0786409711