Book review: The Day the World Stopped to Run

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On 31 August 2008, I participated in a global event, the Nike Plus Human Race 10K. About 800,000 runners ran in 25 cities, representing 142 countries. The Day the World Stopped to Run (978-1595910516) is a lushly photographed, oversized, 260 page hardcover book, featuring stories of various participants, many ordinary people wanting to do something larger than themselves.

But there were others with heroic accounts of their own. One that particularly moved me (p. 194) was Sarah Reinertsen (triathlete, Los Angeles). Born with a deformity, her left leg was amputated at age 7. Four years later, a fellow amputee introduced her to running. In October 2005, she finished the Ironman Triatholon. In this book, the accompanying photograph of her training for the Human Race is one of the most powerful and inspiring images I have seen.

If you took part in the Nike Plus Human Race 10K, you should get this book for no other reason than prosterity. Not found at Amazon, best go to the official site, where you can customise the cover with an image of your own. Even if you have only an interst in running, or those who put themselves forward for a great cause, the human race, The Day the World Stopped to Run is a rewarding course of optimism.

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