Acclaimed novelist Ben Cheever-author of The Plagiarist, The Partisan, and Famous After Death-brings his buoyant literary style to this impassioned history of the sport that changed his life
From Pheidippides, who ran the first marathon in 490 BC (bringing news to Athens of the Greek victory on the plains of Marathon), to our own soldiers in Iraq today, running is an integral part of human culture and legend. In Strides, heralded author Ben Cheever explores the role of running in human history and intersperses this account with revelations of his own decades-long devotion to the sport.
Cheever has traveled the world writing features for Runner's World magazine, and he draws from this rich experience on every page. His adventures have taken him to Kenya in search of the secrets of the world's fastest runners and to a 10K with American soldiers in Baghdad. Strides celebrates the personal satisfaction from that of a morning run to the Medoc Marathon in Bordeaux where fine wines are served at water stops and the first prize is the winner's weight in grand crus. But what truly distinguishes Strides as a memorable read is the unique lens through which this sparkling writer explores our deep bond to running, driven by an impulse the author describes as "the desire, the need, to escape into ecstasy."