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An absolute must read for anyone who has run or aspires to run the Boston Marathon. “This book captures exactly why Boston is the most prestigious and most cherished race on the planet.” Bart Yasso, Chief Running Officer of Runner’s World

“Finally! By intertwining stories of the legendary runners and greatest moments in Boston’s history with accounts of his personal journey to qualify, Mark Sutcliffe has captured the essence of what makes Boston the world’s greatest marathon and the inspiration for generations of runners.”

Mark Sullivan, coach and 30-time Boston Marathon finisher


Long Road to Boston combines the history of the world’s most coveted marathon with the personal journey of one ordinary runner who seeks to fulfill his ultimate amateur athletic quest. Tracing back to the marathon’s roots in Greek mythology and sharing the stories of the many colourful and inspiring characters who have crossed Boston’s finish line, the book explores why modern runners challenge themselves with such ambitious goals and revels in the reward of a lifelong dream fulfilled. Lead sponsor


iRun founder and columnist Mark Sutcliffe has interviewed hundreds of runners who have chased Boston, and over the course of more than five years and more than a dozen marathons, he too closed in on his qualifying time, failing several times before finally earning a spot in the 2015 race.

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Book on sale October 2016 at Chapters and Indigo. Ebook now available on all platforms.

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