The Cult Classic That All Runners Should Read

This book had to be republished in 2008 because so many runners were dying to read it. Find out why it's so popular and important.


NCAA runner turned high school coach Hillary Kigar has an answer for all things training!

Q: What is your favorite book on running?

once a runnerWithout question, my favorite book on running is the novel Once a Runner by John L. Parker Jr. The book centers on young elite runner Quenton Cassidy and his trials and tribulations while pursuing success at the post-collegiate level. Though the story might not resonate with every reader, Quenton’s relentless spirit and dedication to running are incredibly powerful. What he gives of himself, both physically and emotionally, inspires us to question what more we can give to running and other aspects of our lives as we strive to be a better version of ourselves each day.

Self-published in 1978, this cult classic was passed down through the hands of high school runners for decades. Identified as the most sought-after out-of-print book by Book Finder in 2008, it was republished by Scribner in 2010.

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