The Most Interesting Books for Runners

Reading books about running can be both entertaining and motivational. Did you know that the Native American tribesmen of Tarahumara can run hundreds of miles without stopping? Read the account of a race between the Tarahumara and white super-athletes in Born to Run. Have you heard the story of one of America's greatest distance runners, Steve Prefontaine, and the abrupt end to his career? Read his captivating, inspirational story in Pre. Also, find other Six Minute Mile staff favorites.

Born to Run
By Christopher McDougall

Tarahumara Indians' way of life revolves around running hundreds of miles without stopping. This is the captivating story a race between white superathletes and tribesmen.

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Pre: The Story of America's Greatest Running Legend, Steve Prefontaine
By Tom Jordan

Steve Prefontaine was America's unbeaten distance runner, really in any discipline over a mile. At age 24, his running career came to an abrupt, tragic end in a fatal car accident. 

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Running With Buffaloes
By Chris Lean

Chris Lean spends a summer inside U Colorado Cross Country and writes an insider account of controversial coach Mark Wetmore and his legendary team.

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Once a Runner
By John Parker

Amidst the turmoil of Vietnam-Era America, Quinton Cassidy is kicked off college track. Parker's humorous, inspirational account provides insight into the life of elite runners.

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Running Through the Wall
By Neal Jamison

Jamison wrote this book as a series of interviews with 35 Ultramarathoners. It explores the motivation for those who push the limits of human athletic capability.

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Running The Rift
By Naomi Benaron

This book tells of a Rwandan runner with dreams of becoming and Olympian. He uses running as an escape from the horrors and violence of the Rwandan Genocide.

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