My Marathon: Reflections on a Gold Medal Life
- 01 Aug 2016
- 288 pages - 228 x 6 x 25mm
FRANK SHORTER IS CONSIDERED BY MANY TO BE the father of the American running boom. After winning the 1969 NCAA title in the 10,000 meters during his senior year at Yale, he won a staggering 24 national titles on various courses. But it was in the marathon that Shorter achieved his greatest fame.
Shorter won the Olympic marathon more than 2 minutes ahead of the second place finisher at the 1972 Munich Games. Four years later he finished a controversial second in the Olympic marathon in Montreal (the controversy revolved around the East German “winner” being a possible drug cheat).
He founded the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), where later he would involve himself in the investigation of Lance Armstrong. But what many don’t know about Frank Shorter including some of his biggest fans is that he and his siblings suffered horrific physical and emotional abuse at the hands of their father. Timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Montreal Games and the 2016 Games in Rio, and written with noted sportswriter John Brant, this revealing and inspiring memoir is a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit and the transformative power of sport.
A revealing and inspiring memoir by the father of American distance running.