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A Cold Clear Day
A Cold Clear Day is the biography of Buddy Edelen. Mr. Edelen once held the world record for the marathon. Famously, he moved from the United States to England in the early 1960's, at a time when America was producing few international-quality distance runners, and smashed stereotyped beliefs about what an American could accomplish.
His story is widely accepted as an inspi...more
Paperback, 202 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Wind Sprint Press
(first published January 1st 1992)
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In the late 1950's, American runners were not known for running long distances. In fact, they were laughed at by runners from other countries. Buddy Edelen set out to change that. Actually, trainer Fred Wilt set out to change that and Buddy Edelen was his man to make it happen. Buddy moved to Finland in the summer of 1959 to train there in hopes of earning a spot on the American Olympic team for the Rome Olympics in 1960. Unfortunately, the Olympic trials were held at a race in the United States ...more
A timeless account of athletic excellence written in a very readable and enjoyable fashion. The book contains the absolute best insight I have ever encountered of what goes on in the mind of a marathoner step-by-step in a top race with elite competitors. It is worth reading just for this segment though the entire book creates interest in this athletic legend.
If you are a competitive distance runner (vrs. the gym rats who like to "finish" 1/2 marathons so they can put 13.1 magnets on their BMW SUVs and have no historical knowledge of track, CC etc.) this has to be one of the best inspirational biographies ever.