The first biography of legendary Bill Bowerman, a momentous yet unsung pioneer in the history of running, is told by one of his champion athletes, world-class marathoner and two-time Olympian Kenny Moore
No other coach has had as great an impact on the sport of running as Bill Bowerman. During his tenure as track coach at the University of Oregon, he won four national team titles and his athletes set 13 world and 22 American records. He also ignited the jogging boom, invented the waffle-soled running shoe that helped found Nike, and coached the track and field team at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. His many achievements inspired Kenny Moore, with whom Bowerman formed a strong bond. KENNY MOORE
With full cooperation of the Bowerman family and Nike, plus years of taped interviews with friends, relatives, students, and competitors, Moore brilliantly re-creates Bowerman's life, providing ample evidence of why Bowerman's widow, Barbara, said: "If anyone should write Bill's story, it's Kenny Moore."
"There's hardly a more perfect Bowerman biographer than Kenny Moore, who brings both Sports Illustrated writing chops and an intimate knowledge of Bowerman's coaching style to the task." - Seattle Times "An inspiring and touching look at the man who made Eugene, Oregon, the running capital of the U.S." - Publishers Weekly
who trained with Bill Bowerman at the University of Oregon, is a world-class marathon runner, two-time Olympic athlete, and a former senior writer for Sports Illustrated
. He cowrote and coproduced the movie Without Limits
, based on the life and tragic early death of Hall of Fame runner Steve Prefontaine.