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For fans of The Perfect Mile and Born to Run, a riveting, three-pronged narrative about the golden era of running in America—the 1970s—as seen through running greats, Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers, and Alberto Salazar It was 1978. Jimmy Carter was President; gas prices were soaring; and Americans were hunkering down to weather the economic crisis. But in bookstores Jim Fixx’s The Complete Book of Running was a bestseller. Frank Shorter’s gold medal in the 1972 Olympic marathon had put distance running in the mind of a public enamored of baseball and football. Suddenly, the odd activity of "jogging" became "running," and America was in love. That summer, a junior from the University of Oregon named Alberto Salazar went head to head with Olympic champion Frank Shorter and Boston Marathon champion Bill Rodgers at the Falmouth Road Race, losing in the last mile to Rodgers's record-setting 32:21, nearly dying in the process, and setting the stage for a great rivalry.

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Cameron Stracher

In addition to his writing, Cameron is Of Counsel to Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, and General Counsel - Media at American Media, where he supervises all pre-publication review for the National Enquirer, Star and OK! magazines and all litigation for American Media publications. He also maintains his own solo practice where he represents newspapers, magazines, websites, producers, performers, writers, and filmmakers. His website is located at www.stracherlaw.com.

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