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Marathon Man - Hardcover: Signed by Bill Rodgers

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The legendary long-distance runner details his historic victory in the 1975 Boston Marathon that launched the modern running boom

Within a span of two hours and nine minutes, Bill Rodgers went from obscurity to legend, from Bill Rodgers to "Boston Billy." In doing so, he instantly became the people’s champ and the poster boy for the soulful 1970s distance runner. Having won the Boston Marathon and New York Marathon four times each, he remains the only marathoner to have appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated twice. Winning the Holy Grail of marathons in an unthinkable record time changed Bill’s life forever.

But his dramatic breakthrough in Boston also changed the lives of countless others, instilling in other American runners the belief that they could follow in his footsteps, and inspiring thousands of regular people to lace up their shoes and chase down their own dreams. In the year before Rodger’s victory at the 1975 Boston Marathon, 20,000 people had completed a marathon in the United States. By 2009, participants reached nearly half a million.

Thirty-seven years later Bill Rodgers still possesses the same warm, endearing, and whimsical spirit that turned him into one of America's most beloved athletes. In Marathon Man he details for the first time this historic race and the events that led him there.

Marathoner Rodgers makes clear in this engaging memoir that his rise to running greatness was a meandering path with many pit stops and detours along the way, including a period of time where he stopped running completely and became a smoker. The memoir is told in two parts, alternating between recollections of his life beginning with his college years and a detailed account of Rodgers’ victorious 1975 Boston marathon, in which he set the American record. Rodgers’ story is a remarkable tale of athletic triumph, and the account of how he was able to return to running will be inspiring for new runners and those returning to the sport after a long layoff. Rodgers emphasizes the hours of hard work and sacrifice that led him to the top, but, unfortunately, he sometimes crosses the line from taking pride in his accomplishments to simply boasting about them, which is definitely off-putting to the reader. Still, followers of marathons will be eager to learn the story of one of the sport’s big names. --Eve Gaus


“Bill Rodgers is the most celebrated men's distance runner in history.” 
—National Distance Running Hall of Fame

“If anyone can rally runners to a cause, it is Rodgers, who remains by some measures the most popular road racer of all time” 
Runners World

“Trace the popularity of road running today, and the roots lead back to Rodgers.”
South Bend Tribune


*Limited signed copy by Bill Rodgers.

Authenticity via Bill Rodgers card included

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