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    Description"Sunday Times Sports Book of the Year" - This is shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. After years of watching Kenyan athletes win the world's biggest races, from the Olympics to big city marathons, Runner's World contributor Adharanand Finn set out to discover just what it was that made them so fast - and to see if he could keep up. Packing up his family (and his running shoes), he moved from Devon to the small town of Iten, in Kenya, home to hundreds of the country's best athletes. Once there he laced up his shoes and ventured out onto the dirt tracks, running side by side with Olympic champions, young hopefuls and barefoot schoolchildren. He ate their food, slept in their training camps, interviewed their coaches, and his children went to their schools. And at the end of it all, there was his dream, to join the best of the Kenyan athletes in his first marathon, an epic race through lion country across the Kenyan plains.


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    Title
    Running with the Kenyans
    Subtitle
    Discovering the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Adharanand Finn
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 333 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780571274055
    ISBN 10: 0571274056
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: SPO
    BIC subject category V2: BM
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.6
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HFGK
    BIC subject category V2: WSKC
    Ingram Subject Code: SR
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/EAFRIC
    BISAC V2.8: SPO035000
    BIC subject category V2: 1HFGK
    BISAC V2.8: TRV002030, TRV026080
    DC22: 796.425092
    DC23: 796.4252092
    Thema V1.0: SC, WTH, DNC, SHBF
    Publisher
    FABER & FABER
    Imprint name
    FABER & FABER
    Publication date
    05 April 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Adharanand Finn is an editor at the Guardian and a freelance journalist, writing regular features for the Guardian, the Independent and Runner's World. He is a former junior county cross-country runner and recently won a 10k in Exeter, Devon, where he and his family usually live. Follow his journey on http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/series/running-with-the-kenyans or @adharanand.
    Review quote
    Advance praise for "Running with the Kenyans"" " "Equal parts cultural examination, cult-of-running treatise, and poignant memoir, "Running with the Kenyans "thrives on a variety of levels. Like the skilled distance runner he is, Finn paces this book marvelously and then saves the best for the final kick. This book packs all the pleasure and satisfaction--and none of the ancillary pain--of a long training run."--L. Jon Wertheim, senior editor, "Sports Illustrated, "and co-author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Scorecasting" "Not everyone gets to heaven in their lifetime. Finn tried to run there, and succeeded. "Running with the Kenyans" is a great read."--Bernd Heinrich, author of "Why We Run"" " "If you want to know the secrets of Kenyan runners, and have a rollicking adventure along the way, join Finn in his fascinating tale of what it is to go stride for stride with the fastest people on Earth."--Neal Bascomb, author of "The Perfect Mile" "An extremely good book . . . If "Born to Run" taught us what to wear (or not to wear) when running, Finn's fascinating "Running with the Kenyans" teaches us how to run. . . . In the tradition of the best sports writing, Finn embedded himself fully in his subject and reveals, for the first time, just how close we are to the holy grail of the sub-two-hour marathon."--Robin Harvie, author of "The Lure of Long Distances" "A beautiful and inspiring must-have for every runner, "Running with the Kenyans "is""far more than an inspirational story, but a guide toward running, humility, and life, from the amazing people of Kenya."--Michael Sandler, author of "Barefoot Running"