Running with the Legends
Author Michael Sandrock, one of running's most prolific writers, draws upon his own 25-year running career and his extensive interviews and research to provide special insights throughout the book. Sandrock knows what runners want to know, and here he shares a wealth of information that's sure to satisfy with each sentence and sidebar.
The runners selected range from the imposing short distance speedster Alberto Juantorena to the determined long distance marathoner Joan Benoit Samuelson. And because running greatness is not limited by political or geographical borders, runners from 17 countries are represented in the book.
From special tips you can use to incredible feats that will inspire you, Running with the Legendsis full of material to enhance your own running and your appreciation of those who have set the standard for excellence.
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In his introduction to The Lonely Breed (1967. o.p.), a book about 21 great distance runners, Ron Clarke wrote "This is just the type of book I have always wanted to read." The stories behind ... Read full review
Interested in the unpublished story of another American two-times-Olympian running legend (naturalized from Cameroon)?
I am from Cameroon (PhD student, VA), West Africa, and my father (Esau Nji Ade, who naturalized as an American and now lives in Washington DC) ran with Prefontaine in the 1972 Olympic games in Munich. They personnally knew each other as fellow Olympians. I think the story of Pre is well told one, given what I know about him.
Reading his story brings tears to my eyes because, at least, America is recognizing a well-deserved distance runner and Olympian--which was not my father's case in Cameroon. Though having represented Cameroon in two Olympics (LA, in 1968, and Munich, in 1972), he qualified to be on the track and field team of Tokyo, 1964, but was discriminated against, dropped and repalced with a Francophone (from the majority side). He also represented Cameroon in several African games and holds the current Cameroon records for 3000m (steeple chase) and 5000m.
A little about my father's unique story as a forgotten African hero: He grew up in the then-Southern Cameroons (the anglophone minority) and came to discover his talent only due to the mistreatments of an uncle. To avoid the coporal punishment meted on pupils for late-coming in those days, my father would run for a mile or two every morning to school only after the bell went off. Since his uncle would not let him go early (because of excessive morning chores), and he hated being whipped in school, he always ran with excessive speeds just to make it on time--that's how he started practicing!
Though he didn't get any gold medals, he was widely known in Cameroon (and Africa, training with Mohamed Gamoudi form Tunisia several times in France prior to the Olympics) for the plethora of medals and honor he brought Cameroon through his running carreer. He also furthered his studies in Germany (Universities of Berlin and Koln) in the 80's and later served as the country's (or South West) athletic coach and Physiotherapist. Even though he is suffering from a partial stroke, many Africans in the Diaspora are still intrigued and inspired whenever he tells his stories about travelling the world to represent his beloved Cameroon (Africa) in track and field-related events. Until now, if someone is running well among our people, he is referred to as an "Ade".
PS: Email or call me if you want to hear more about his story. I wish that it can be published so his legacy will keep on living. firstname.lastname@example.org/4342587200.