Books on the Boston Marathon

 

We recommend the following books on the Boston Marathon:

 

The Boston Marathon's rich rich history is captured in this book as well are the distinct personalities of each community along the Hopkinton-to-Boston course. A must-read for anyone serious about learning about the event.
 
 Kathrine Switzer, one of the greatest icons in sports, has been an authority on running and women's fitness for over 40 years. She is best known for pioneering the official entrance of women into the marathon, beginning with her epoch-making run in the previously all-male Boston Marathon in 1967. Kathrine then went on to become a world-ranked athlete, winning the New York City Marathon in 1997.
Johnny Kelley started 61 Boston Marathons and became an icon synonymous with the world's oldest 26 miler. He won the race twice and came in 2nd seven times. The law of Boston spectorship ruled that you could not leave the course until Johnny ran by. He was easily identified by his efficient stride and white painter's cap.Ellison “Tarzan” Brown was one of America’s premier marathon runners during the 1930s and 1940s. This volume tells the story of his life from the beginning of his budding career in the early 1930s through his untimely death in 1975. With his unorthodox approach to the sport and his spectacular finishes, Tarzan Brown quickly became something of a legend in racing.