The Marathon Maniacs: The World’s Most Insane Running Club
The Marathon Maniacs Club was formed in 2003. The Club now has over 5,000 members. Who are these Maniacs? This book is a compilation of stories from close to 100 different club members. The stories are thoughtful, entertaining, instructive, endearing, sometimes comical, and above all, immensely inspirational. Distance runners bond very quickly with many people. They learn about other people and themselves, and they visit new places. The Maniacs share a passion for running long distances and a passion for everything that those experiences provide. Read just a few of these stories and you’ll want to get up and get moving!!
Acclaim for the Marathon Maniacs
“When Thomas Edison invented the first incandescent light bulb, his ground-breaking achievements illuminated the world as we know it. The same sentiment holds true with the creators of Marathon Maniacs. Their light bulb moment will no doubt burn brightly long after any finish line. This book captures the electrifying energy they have tapped into. I highly recommend it!”—Gary Allen, race director Mount Desert Island Marathon, MM #59
“Since the 1930s the Hash House Harriers have pretty much been the preeminent maniacs of the long-distance running world. But now there is a new—and worthy—challenger: the Marathon Maniacs, a club where gross number of marathons run is an end in itself and where its members seem never to have met a marathon they didn’t like. This is one of those rare books in these dire times: a collection of 77 runner stories filled with inspiration and…well…happiness. Proof positive that there is such a thing as a runner’s high.”—Richard Benyo, author and Marathon & Beyond editor
“The Marathon Maniacs are the craziest bunch of runners I’ve ever met, but there is not a group that enjoys running more than the Maniacs! I guess that’s why I’m one of them and very proud of it!”—Dick Beardsley, 2:08:53, Boston 1982, MM #133
“The capacity of human achievement is astonishing, and the Marathon Maniacs epitomize this. They are ordinary people who show us again and again (and yet again!) that we can do extraordinary things.”—Kathrine Switzer, author of Marathon Woman and first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon
“The Marathon Maniacs are all about friendships, camaraderie, living the endurance lifestyle, and embracing the journey.”—Bart Yasso, Runner’s World Chief Running Officer