THE MARATHON MANIACS
The Marathon Maniacs Club was formed in 2003. By 2011 the club had well over 5,000 members. Who
are these maniacs? This book is a compilation of stories from close to 100 different club members. The
stories are thoughtful, entertaining, instructive, endearing, sometimes comical, and, above all,
immensely inspirational. Distance runners bond very quickly with many people. They learn about other
people and themselves, and they visit new places. The Maniacs share a passion for running long
distances and a passion for everything that those experiences provide. Read just a few of these stories
and you’ll want to get up and get moving.
“This book captures the electrifying energy they [the Maniacs] have tapped into. I highly recommend it”
“The capacity of human achievement is astonishing, and the Marathon Maniacs epitomize this. They are ordinary people who show us again and again (and yet again!) that we can do extraordinary things”
“This is one of those rare books in these dire times: a collection of 77 runner stories filled with inspiration and …well…happiness. Proof positive that there is such a thing as a runner’s high”
To most people, running a marathon seems a remarkable and remotely possible achievement, a major lifetime accomplishment. To run 100 or more marathons and ultra-marathons is even harder for people to comprehend, especially when you consider that more people have climbed Mt. Everest than run 100 marathons. The author conducted interviews with over one hundred and twenty of these amazing individuals from around the world, including Canada, United States, South Africa, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and several European countries. Simply, distance running is as much a social movement as it is a movement of the body. And this family – this distance running ‘tribe’ – even with the transformations, adversities and challenges faced, is full of very happy people. The Messengers presents amazing stories of people from all walks of life. These are stories of courage, tenacity, resilience, humor, camaraderie and commitment. Learn about their experiences traveling, their training, the social connectedness of running marathons, and how these individuals make distance running an integral part of their lifestyle.
“I consider this one of the best books I have ever read. The writing is incredible.”
“This is by far the best running book I have ever read!”
“A great read… very inspirational.”
“Fantastic. A great book!”
“A talented writer, very inspiring.”
A MARATHON ODYSSEY
This is the true story of 3 marathons and an odyssey. The Athens marathon is held in November each year. Home of the marathon, home of the legend. It is run on the original marathon course of the 1896 Olympics – from Marathon to Athens, finishing in the Panathinaikon Olympic Stadium in the centre of Athens. Two months later in early January, Walt Disney World hosts the Goofy Challenge – run the half marathon around Disney World on the Saturday and you get a Donald Duck medal. Do the Full marathon on the Sunday and you get a Mickey Mouse medal. Complete both and you get a Goofy medal. To many people it doesn’t get much better than that.
“A book I couldn’t put down”
“The text is beautifully written and would be perfect for anyone who has an interest in marathon running”
“Will surely inspire runners across the world… well-researched history… A must for anyone contemplating the 26.2 miles”
THE CAYMAN ISLANDS MARATHON EXPERIENCE
More and more people are running marathons than ever before. It s possible for almost anyone. This book is a unique collection of the experiences of runners, volunteers and organizers of the 2006 Cayman Islands marathon. Runners describe in their own words the reasons why they run, their training, and what it was like on the day of the race. The collection is complemented with insights and facts and figures on marathons, their history and what they involve. If you’ve never run a marathon (or half-marathon) but are curious to know what it s all about, this book is for you. If you re looking for a vacation and an excuse for travelling, this destination marathon could be the one for you. The pictures and stories will motivate and inspire.