Once a Runner
John L. Parker
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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, the book eventually found its way into the hands of high school, college, and postgraduate athletes all over the country. Reading it became a rite of passage on many teams, and tattered copies were handed down like sacred texts from generation to generation. It ranked as the number one most sought-after out-of-print book in the United States in 2007.
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 book 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.
Once a Runner
Great book, I would highly recommend it. It gets you into the mind of the runner
For runners, non-runners, a glimpse inside the mind and heart of the elite athlete. A look at the dark side of doing things right in an age where so many are doing things wrong.
You can't read it just once.
This book accurately portrays like none other the unique (weird/odd/crazy) mind of a competitive distance runner. The story and writing style may be hard to understand at first for those not in this sport, but I assure those who love running that this is a yearly read. I run collegiately and all of my friends, including myself, have read this book multiple times.