Once A Runner

Once A Runner

A Novel

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
Distance runner Quenton Cassidy is suspended from the track team for his involvement in an athlete protest and risks his future prospects to train on a monastic retreat with an Olympic medalist.

& Taylor

A mainstream republication of a cult-classic tale inspired by the author's experiences as a collegiate champion follows the story of distance runner Quenton Cassidy, who is suspended from the track team for his involvement in an athlete protest and risks his future prospects to train on a monastic retreat with an Olympic medalist.

Simon and Schuster
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.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2009
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416597889
Branch Call Number: Fiction Par
Characteristics: 272 p. ; 23 cm


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Feb 18, 2016

Enjoyed it immensely. Quick read and interesting while doing your own training (as long as you are on a much smaller scale).

Jun 12, 2014

I loved Once a Runner! It was really inspiring! Cassidy was a good runner, and turned into an Olympic medalist! I loved the part at the end when he raced the fastest miler in the world! I'd recommend it for all runners!

Jul 23, 2013

Very amaturish. Couldn't care less about the protaganist.

Jul 26, 2011

Great book!! Explores the life of a top runner and the dedication or life sacrifices made to achieve success. In the end is it worth it...you decide!!


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