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…
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.”