Catch the spirit of St. Louis' Marathon
Kara Goucher's running for women : from first steps to marathons
Kara Goucher With Adam Bean.
New York : Simon & Schuster, c2011.
Get Fit, Get Fast, and Go Farther with Olympic Runner Kara GoucherÆs Comprehensive Guide to Running for Women
Second wind : one woman's midlife quest to run seven marathons on seven continents
Cami Ostman.
Berkeley, Calif. : Seal Press, c2010.
Second Wind is the story of an unlikely athlete and an unlikely heroine: Cami Ostman, a woman edging toward midlife who decides to take on a challenge that stretches her way outside of her comfort zone. That challenge presents itself when an old friend suggests she go for a run to distract her from the grief of her recent divorce. Excited by the clarity of mind and breathing space running offers her, she keeps it up - albeit slowly - and she decides to run seven marathons on seven continents; this becomes Ostman's vision quest, the thing she turns to during the ups and downs of a new romance and during the hard months and years of redefining herself in the aftermath of the very restrictive, religious-based marriage and life she led up until her divorce. Insightful and uplifting, Second Wind carries the reader along for the ride as Ostman runs her way out of compliance with the patriarchal rules about "being a woman" that long held her captive and into authenticity and self-love. Her adventures - and the personal revelations that accompany them - inspire readers to take chances, find truth in their lives, and learn to listen to the voice inside them that's been there all along.
Mastering the marathon : time-efficient training secrets for the 40-plus athlete
Don Fink.
Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, c2010.
More than half a million Americans, and millions more worldwide, attempt a marathon every year. Around half are forty years old or older-athletes whose passion increasingly turns to frustration as they mature, with slower finishing times and more injuries. And yet, until now, there has been no book written specifically for them. In Mastering the Marathon, champion forty-plus endurance athlete and trainer Don Fink sets forth programs for anyone over forty-including those who enter the sport after turning forty-to prove that the challenge of a marathon is not too difficult, that the dream is not impossible.
Be your best at marathon running
Tim Rogers.
Blacklick, OH : McGraw-Hill, 2010.
Your 26.2 miles starts hereBe Your Best at Marathon Runningdoesn't just give you a complete set of training plans, fitness advice and nutritional guidance--it also shows you where and how to apply, which marathon to enter, and how to raise money for charity. It is written by the founder of the United Kingdom's leading running website,, and also features a foreword from the founder of the London Marathon, Dave Bedford. One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author’s many years of experience. Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. Extra online articles at to give you a richer understanding of how to run a marathon. Contains practical training plans, guides and information on how to enter and which marathon to choose. Uses authoritative training programs which have already helped thousands to complete a marathon.Topics include: The ultimate running goal; It's all in the mind;Are you up to it?; Choosing your first marathon and getting a place; You're in--now what?; The right gear; A new lifestyle; The training; Fundraising; Keeping it going; The week before the race; The big day itself;What next?
Boston Marathon : how to qualify!
Jeff Galloway.
Maidenhead ; Indianapolis : Meyer & Meyer Sport, 2010.
This book lays out all the training necessary to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Due to significant rest days each week, and Galloway's highly successful run-walk-run method, most runners run injury free and can enjoy family and social activities while improving performance to the highest level.
Guan yu pao bu, wo shuo de qi shi shi ...
Cunshang Chunshu ; Lai Mingzhu yi.
Taibei Shi : Shi bao wen hua chu ban qi ye gu fen you xian gong si, 2008.
Chinese edition of What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Murakami Haruki. Murakmi began running in 1982 as a antidote to smoking. He has since been hooked on long distance running. The book collected his essays, journals on running, and shares his philosophy and his view on writing. The English edition is translated by Philip Gabriel and released in July 08.
A race like no other : 26.2 miles through the streets of New York
Liz Robbins.
New York : Harper ; 2008.
"When 39,195 competitors thunder over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to begin the thirty-eighth running of the famed New York City Marathon, they experience one of the most exhilarating moments in sports. But as they cross five towering bridges and five distinct boroughs, carried 26.2 miles by the cheers of two million fans and by their own indomitable wills, grueling challenges await them." "New York Times sportswriter Liz Robbins brings race day to life in this gripping saga of the 2007 Marathon, weaving the unforgettable stories of runners into a vibrant mile-by-mile portrait of the world's largest marathon." "The professionals pound out the suspense in two thrilling races. Paula Radcliffe, the women's world record holder from Great Britain, returns with new resolve after having given birth nine months earlier; Gete Wami, her longtime rival from Ethiopia, tries to win her second marathon in just five weeks; and Latvia's Jelena Prokopcuka desperately hopes for her third straight New York title." "If the women's race plays out like a mesmerizing chess game, then the men's race quickly turns into a high-speed car chase. South Africa's Hendrick Ramaala, eager to recapture glory at age 35, surges to lead the pack as Kenya's Martin Lel and Morocco's Abderrahim Goumri stay within striking range." "While the professionals offer insight into the intense, often painful experience of being an elite athlete, the amateurs provide timeless stories of courage and obsession that typify today's marathoner: Harrie Bakst, a cancer survivor at 22, who is a first-timer; Pam Rickard, a 45-year-old mother of three from Virginia, who is a recovering alcoholic; and 65-year-old Tucker Andersen, who has run the race every year since 1976." "Enlivening the history of the New York City Marathon with stories of such legends as the late Fred Lebow, the race's charismatic founder, and nine-time champion Grete Waitz, A Race Like No Other provides a curbside seat to the drama of the first Sunday in November. Feel the anxiety at the start in Staten Island. Listen to gospel choirs in Brooklyn and the accordion in Queens. Bask in the delirious sound tunnel of Manhattan's Upper East Side. Hit The Wall in the Bronx. And overcome agony in the last hilly miles before arriving in Central Park - exhausted yet exhilarated - at the finish line."--BOOK JACKET.
My life on the run : the wit, wisdom, and insights of a road racing icon
Bart Yasso, with Kathleen Parrish ; foreword by Amby Burfoot.
[Emmaus, Penn.] : Rodale, c2008.
Bart Yasso Has Competed in Road Races on all seven continents. In doing so, he's been attacked by angry birds in Antarctica; in Colorado, he was paired with a burro named Taco Bell, the fastest, meanest racer on four legs; he's competed in an ultra-marathon in Death Valley in July, where daytime temperatures can soar to 128 degrees; he's been chased by a rhino in Nepal; and he's run in the buff, having participated in the Bare Buns Fun Run in Washington State. And these are just a few of the highlights of Yasso's Life on the Run. Book jacket.

Catch the spirit of St. Louis as the city and its cheering crowds permeate your senses.  With the rising sun sparkling off the Gateway Arch, feel the palpable energy of thousands of runners and walkers gathered near the Soldiers' Memorial, in anticipation of the signal to begin.  Excitement peaks as each participant starts their wrist chronometer at the precise moment they cross the start line, which in turn activates the electronic chip securely laced to their shoes.

Since 1999, April means the challenge of winter training for the 26.2-mile Spirit of St. Louis Marathon is about to provide a reward that is difficult to compare.  Every athlete brings to the event their personal story of "why," from raising funds for medical research in honor of a loved one lost, to the satisfaction of accomplishing a goal set, prepared for and fulfilled by the individual alone.  Regardless, the spark of interest to compete and the number of finishers who complete continues to grow.

North American marathons

Midnight Sun (Canada)
New York City
St. George (Utah)
Big Sur (California)

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Certified by the USATF (USA Track & Field, Inc.), and serving as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon, the Spirit of St. Louis Marathon course covers rolling hills that wind past the Clydesdales of Anheuser-Busch Brewery, up through the campus of St. Louis University, into the greenery of Forest Park, around Clayton to University City, and appropriately downhill to finish in downtown St. Louis.

Supporters line the route, offering music, art, and unequivocal encouragement.  With each footfall, become familiar with St. Louis again.  Absorb the architecture, the gardens, the communities and the people, because this day, marathoners own the city.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff