Marine Corps Marathon: A Running Tradition

  Marine Corps Marathon: A Running Tradition
Author: George Banker
Paperback: 205 pages
Publisher: Meyer & Meyer (2007)
Language: English
ISBN: 1841262226
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"The Marine Corps Marathon: A Running Tradition" captures the soul of the "Marine Corps Marathon" and explains what "The People's Marathon" represents. The book is written from the heart and by those who have a personal connection to the race, the race directors and runners, and it represents an indispensable piece of literature for runners and spectators. What makes this race so special is that the organization of the marathon is treated like a military maneuver and the race course becomes the battle site. The experience of planning and structuring military tasks helps the Marine Corps to perfectly organize this event. More than 330,000 runners have crossed the finish line since 1976. Their stories are captured within these pages: including their joy and triumph, as well as their mental and physical pain, which they endured while covering 26.2 miles. To support the text is a collection of pictures dating as far back as 1976. There are top athletes who run alongside amateur runners, as well as celebrities, such as Oprah Winfrey. The marathon includes the Ad Hoc Publicity Committee of the "Marine Corps Marathon", the Special Olympics, the Ground Pounders, the Challenge Cup, and the Charity Partners. The appendices are an extensive collection of race statistical facts and top performances. Included are the names of the leadership from the Marine Corps and the marathon office. The heart of the race is in the heart of the runners. The author, Technical Sergeant George Banker, U.S. Air Force Reserves (retired), serves on the Ad Hoc Publicity Committee of the "Marine Corps Marathon" as the historian. He is a journalist and photographer, and have received 14 military decorations, including the Air Force Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/Palm, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was raised in a Marine Corps family. Banker is an avid runner who completed 88 marathons, including 28 "Marine Corps Marathons" and the "JFK 50 Miler" (4 times). He is a senior writer for the "Runner's Gazette", a correspondent and photographer for the "Running Journal" and contributor to the Inductee into the 2006 DC Road Runners Hall of Fame, member of the Track & Field Writers Association, member of Brooks I.D. program, inductee into the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon Hall of Fame.

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