The undisputed classic of running novels and one of the most beloved sports books ever published, Once a Runner tells the story of an athlete’s dreams amid the turmoil of the 60s and the Vietnam war.
Inspired by the author’s experience as a collegiate champion, the novel follows Quenton Cassidy, a competitive runner at fictional Southeastern University whose lifelong dream is to run a four-minute mile. He is less than a second away when the 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 against the greatest miler in history.
A rare insider’s account of the incredibly intense lives of elite distance runners, Once a Runner is an inspiring, funny, and spot-on tale of one individual’s quest to become a champion.
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.
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.
Once a Runner
Great book, I would highly recommend it. It gets you into the mind of the runner