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ISBN13: 9781416597889
ISBN10: 1416597883
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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.

About the Author

John L. Parker, Jr. has written for Outside, Runner’s World, and numerous other publications. A graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Journalism as well as its College of Law, Parker has been a practicing attorney, a newspaper reporter and columnist, a speechwriter for then Governor Bob Graham, and editorial director of Running Times magazine. The author of Once a Runner, Again to Carthage, and Racing the Rain, he lives in Gainesville, Florida, and Bar Harbor, Maine.

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Law Pal, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Law Pal)
Simple and inspiring. This book is simply about competitive running-not the races and not the competitions (though they do happen of course) but about the runner. Every competitive runner should definitely read this book for inspiration and an inside look into daily struggles that fade in relation to serious running. Casual joggers and the like should also read this well paced short novel for inspiration in their early morning or late afternoon runs as well. Non-runners should also read this book for that extra kick of sports inspiration that comes along with this read and overcoming the difficulties of every day minutia by running through it.
Read this book, then give it to your friends to read, then form a running group.
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kennykrotzer, January 9, 2009 (view all comments by kennykrotzer)
If you are a runner, whether a competitive runner, a high school runner, or just an avid jogger, this book will inspire you. I have read it 5 times during the short 2 years I've had it, and it feels like I learn something new and learn to appreciate it more each time. John L. Parker Jr's ability to describe the sensations felt only during the grueling last intervals of practice or the mental toughness of the 2nd and 3rd lap of the mile is amazing. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.
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A Novel
Parker, John L
Parker, John L.
Literature-A to Z
running; run; marathon; 5k; road race; Born to Run; Dean Karnases; Haruki Murakami; New York Times; bestseller; Runner s World; ultramarathon; Olympics; college; college sports; University of Florida; Quentn Cassidy; college sports; Again to Carthage
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8.44 x 5.5 in 13.895 oz

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