Thursday, April 10, 2014

Vol. 4 No. 25 How Hungarians Launched America's Greatest Track Era- Rich Elliott

In preparing to read something that has been long awaited,  the 1964 USA  USSR dual meet,  sometimes it is good to do a little advance study.   We're giving you the link to a very good article by Rich Elliott, formerly U. of Kansas distance runner and Big 8 three mile champion in 1971.   Rich has two good distance running books out, to be mentioned shortly, but more recently in Running Times he has a story about the history of the Hungarian influence on American distance running in the 1960's.    Rich's article appeared in the January 27, 2014 issue of the magazine and can be seen in its entirety at the following link

http://www.runnersworld.com/elite-runners/how-hungarians-launched-americas-greatest-track-era

I'm sure many of you will enjoy this along with another link within that article to a Sports Illustrated about the Hungarians.  

Late last year we also published an original piece about Leslie Hegedus, an American Hungarian who was also a part of this era and was a very good runner under the influence of another good Hungarian coach  Julius Penzes. 

http://onceuponatimeinthevest.blogspot.ca/search?q=Les+Hegedus


Now on to Rich Elliot's two books.  
I recently purchased Runners on Running, the Best Nonfiction of Distance Running with contributions by Kenny Moore, Don Kardong, Kathrine Switzer, Hal Higdon, Amby Burfoot, Marc Bloom and others.  I can strongly recommend this work.  And Rich has done a great job putting all this work together in a meaningful order.  

Rich's other book which I have not yet seen is The Competitive Edge  about psychological preparation to compete.
http://onceuponatimeinthevest.blogspot.ca/search?q=Runners+on+Running

He  sells The Competitive Edge for $15 and Runners on Running for $20. That includes shipping.
His  contact info:
575 Grandview Ave.
Valparaiso, IN   46383
 
Just send him a check for the above amounts, and he will send the books to you.  Shipping outside the US will necessitate additional postage. 

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