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When Running Made History
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Robinson takes readers on a globe-trotting tour that combines a historian’s in­sight with vivid personal memories going back to just after World War II. From experiencing the 1948 "Austerity Olympics" in London as a young spectator to working as a journalist in the Boston Marathon media center at the moment of the 2013 bombings, Robinson offers a fascinating first-person account of the tragic and triumphant moments that impacted the world and shaped the modern sport. He chronicles the beginnings of the American running boom, the emergence of women's running, the end of the old amateur rules, and the redefinition of aging for athletes and amateurs.

With an intimate perspective and insightful reporting, Robinson captures major historical events through the lens of running. He recounts running in Berlin at the time of German reunification in 1990, organizing a replacement track meet in New Zealand after the disastrous 2011 earthquake, and the tri­umph of Ethiopian athlete Abebe Bikila in the 1960 Olympics in Rome. As an avid runner, journalist, and fan, Robinson brings these global events to life and reveals the intimate and powerful ways in which running has intersected with recent history.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xv-xx
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  1. 1 July 30, 1948, Olympic Games, London Postwar
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 2 October 13, 1954, White City, London Cold War
  2. pp. 11-19
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  1. 3 September 2, 1960, Olympic Stadium, Rome New Zealand’s Finest Hour
  2. pp. 20-31
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  1. 4 September 10, 1960, Appian Way, Rome Africa Arrives
  2. pp. 32-39
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  1. 5 June 15, 1963, Chiswick Stadium, London Pioneer American
  2. pp. 40-50
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  1. 6 July 10, 1965, White City, London The Day the Mountain Grew Higher
  2. pp. 51-61
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  1. 7 January 24–February 2, 1974, Christchurch, New Zealand A City’s Identity Remade
  2. pp. 62-79
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  1. 8 June 1–September 19, 1980, Fountain Valley, Kansas City, Lynchburg The Boom!
  2. pp. 80-107
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  1. 9 August 3, 1980, London; October 25, 1981, New York City Women Rejoice and Conquer
  2. pp. 108-127
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  1. 10 March 26, 1988, Auckland The East Africa Phenomenon, and How Running Responded
  2. pp. 128-141
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  1. 11 September 24, 1988, Seoul Dirty Running
  2. pp. 142-150
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  1. 12 September 30, 1990, Berlin Running through the Berlin Wall
  2. pp. 151-168
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  1. 13 April 15, 1996, Boston A New Way to Celebrate
  2. pp. 169-179
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  1. 14 September 11, 2001, New York Affirming Our Freedoms
  2. pp. 180-192
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  1. 15 April 14, 2002, London The Best of Times, the Worst of Times
  2. pp. 193-200
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  1. 16 February 26, 2011, and February 3, 2012, Wellington and Christchurch, New Zealand Running Lifts a Fallen City
  2. pp. 201-211
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  1. 17 August 17, 2012, Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz, New York Running for the Earth
  2. pp. 212-230
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  1. 18 November 4, 2012, New York City Season of Storm and Stress
  2. pp. 231-237
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  1. 19 April 15, 2013, Boston; April 21, 2013, London The Boston Marathon Bombings
  2. pp. 238-247
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  1. 20 April 21, 2014, Boston Running Makes History: The Race of Redemption
  2. pp. 248-253
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  1. 21 July 27, 29, 1989, Eugene, Oregon; October 2, 2016, Syracuse, New York The Fire of Youth under the Creases of Age
  2. pp. 254-270
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  1. Appendix A
  2. pp. 271-276
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  1. Appendix B
  2. pp. 277-284
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  1. Appendix C
  2. pp. 285-288
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 289-292
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 293-306
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 307
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  1. Back Cover
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