Runners on Running is an arrangement of inspirational stories, humorous accounts, and pivotal moments. It is a best-of collection from the top writers in the sport. The selections are grouped into seven themes that encompass the runner’s experience: spirit, body, mind, mentor, race, bonds, and heart.
Runners on Running is the ultimate anthology of inspirational stories, humorous accounts, and pivotal moments in the sport. This one-of-a-kind collection includes over 30 unforgettable stories from the most acclaimed writers in running:
Marla Runyan and Sally Jenkins
The pieces encompass the full range of the running experience, from motivation to frustration to exhilaration. The stories brilliantly capture the essence of the sport.
For anyone who loves running, Runners on Running is a captivating and essential read.
One Runner’s Beginnings
My Old Buick
White Men Can’t Run
Evolution of Intelligent Running Ape People
I Don’t Like to Run Long Distances
The Outer Limits/Running Into the Abyss
Steve Scott With Marc Bloom
Running for Their Lives
Lornah and Her Camp for Girls
Running With Ghosts
Get the Hell Out of My Race and Give Me Those Numbers!
Me and Julio Down by the School Yard
Marty Liquori and Skip Myslenski
Duel in the Sun
Mary vs. the Soviets
Someone to Run With
Team Hoyt Starts Again
The Battle of a Lifetime
Through the Tunnel
Joan Benoit Samuelson With Sally Baker
But Only on Sunday: Ron Clarke
One One-Hundredth of a Second
Marla Runyan With Sally Jenkins
The American Dreamer
In Pre’s Footsteps
Toughest Miler Ever
Rich Elliott competed at Kansas University from 1968 to 1972, qualifying for the NCAA Division I national meets in both track and cross country. In 1971, he was the Big Eight Conference three-mile champion.
In 1976, Elliott was named Illinois Distance Coach of the Year while working at Willowbrook High School. He moved to Deerfield High School in 1977 and was an assistant coach with the state cross country championship team before becoming the program’s head coach for both cross country and track. Elliott coached at the high-school level for 12 years, producing a pair of All-Americans and several all-state athletes. During this time he also wrote The Competitive Edge: Mental Preparation for Distance Running, a book that Track and Field News magazine called “the best work on the subject” and “a modern classic.”
Elliott then worked for many years in educational publishing as a textbook editor and technology producer. He returned to coaching from 2008 to 2010 to head the men’s and women’s cross country teams at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. He is now a freelance writer and editor.
Elliott lives in Winnetka, Illinois, with his wife and three children.