Summer officially kicks off tomorrow and for me that means doing a little summer reading. When I get time in between work, family time, and longer training runs to prepare for my fall marathons, I love to read books about running legends and the history of our sport.

To help my readers kick their summer off right and as a thank you to all of you who have been reading and sharing your stories with me through your comments, I am giving away a copy of one of my favorite books of all time. If you have yet to start reading, feel free to Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

I’ve taken the liberty of giving a brief synopsis of the book below…

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This is by far my favorite running book. Overnight, this book made Bill Bowerman one of my heroes. So much of what we as runners have today is because of Bowerman. Any runner who has ever run on a rubber asphalt track is doing so because Bill Bowerman developed the rubber asphalt surface in his spare time. Even more impressive than the fact that he invented the rubber asphalt track is that he never took a penny for creating it. Every pair of modern running shoes we wear, we owe to Bill Bowerman. While he was a coach, he taught himself how to cobble shoes. He created racing spikes for his runners so they could carry less weight on their feet during their races and he made rubber soled shoes for his runners long runs by placing rubber in his wife’s waffle iron. The Nike brand was created in Bowerman’s garage on that waffle iron. He brought running or jogging to the masses. Not only did he create the shoes for the public to use, he wrote the book on how and why to run/jog. Despite all of these accomplishments he was a humble man. When the state of Oregon tried to induct him into their coaching hall of fame, he denied the honor unless the state induct his former coach Bill Hayward. To this day, Bowerman is still not in the state of Oregon’s coaching hall of fame.

I hope whoever wins this book enjoys it as much as I did and that they gain an appreciation for Bill Bowerman and everything he gave our sport.

If you would like some other summer reading recommendations, check out a post I did on March 13th where I listed a few of my favorite running books.

Follow the instructions in the box below to enter to win your own copy “Bowerman And The Men Of Oregon.”

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Becca Jane · May 26, 2014 at 3:33 am

I think my favorite running book is Ultramarathon Man. Followed closely by Meb’s book. Such inspiring stories!

Justin Robins · May 26, 2014 at 3:40 am

I like John Grisham books

Joshua Snow Hansen · May 26, 2014 at 4:03 am

My favorite running book is HANDSDOWN … Unbroken! You haven’t read it yet you MUST!

Ben · May 26, 2014 at 4:04 am

Looks like a great book, would love to add to my summer reading list.

London Riding · May 26, 2014 at 4:14 am

My favorite book has been Unbroken also but I really enjoyed My Life On the Run also. Happy Reading.

Julie Loveridge · May 26, 2014 at 5:09 am

Not a running book, but a great one to read during the summer is The Rent Collector. One of my all time favorite books ever.

Megan Brown · May 26, 2014 at 5:15 am

My current favorite running book is Unbroken. Even though the section of the book that focuses on Louise Zamperini isn’t very extensive, I love how his strong will and determination he developed by running was used to survive his time in Japan. It goes to show that running is not just a physical sport, but also a mental one too. Although most all of us will not become prisoners of war, the strong mentality of knowing you are capable of anything is important to have in life.

Jo · May 26, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Once a Runner…

Shira · May 27, 2014 at 3:57 am

I love your blog! And great Boston marathon pic 🙂

    nickbernard110 · May 27, 2014 at 3:58 am

    Thanks Shira! I’m so glad you are enjoying the blog!

Anonymous · May 27, 2014 at 6:14 pm

I don’t have an all-time favorite, but The Lost Art of Healing was a great recent read. I’m always looking for a great book and I’ll definitely be reading some of those suggested here!

Susan · May 27, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Loved Born to Run. I have a few others on my ‘want to read’ list that hopefully I’ll get around to someday. I think my hubby would enjoy the Bowerman book big time!

John Jackson · May 28, 2014 at 5:59 pm

I would recommend “Eat & Run” by Scott Jurek (also featured in Born to Run).

Karen · May 29, 2014 at 2:10 am

The Perfect Mile is my favorite running book.

    nickbernard110 · May 29, 2014 at 3:33 am

    I loved the Perfect Mile as well. Judging by the comments, I need to read Unbroken as well.

Jack D. Welch · June 3, 2014 at 4:04 pm

I would like to recommend my own recently-released book, When Running Was Young And So Were We. Check it out on Amazon. Thanks. – JDW

    nickbernard110 · June 3, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Thanks Jack! I’ll check it out.

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