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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