Running While Black: Finding Freedom in a Sport That Wasn't Built For Us – A Book Review By Thomas O'Grady

Review By Thomas O'GradyRunning While Black by Alison Mariella Désir is a searing exposé on the whiteness of running, a supposedly egalitarian sport, and a call to reimagine the industry. As Desir notes, “Runners know that running brings us to ourselves. …
https://www.hmrrc.com/members/pacesetter/2024/february/running-while-black-finding-freedom-sport-wasnt-built-us-book-review-thomas-ogrady

Chuck Terry - HMRRC Hall of Fame Inductee and Athlete of the Month

by Tom O’GradyChuck Terry has been a fixture in the local running community for nearly 20 years. During that time, he has won nearly every HMRRC event on the race calendar. Learn more about this year's Hall of Fame Inductee. For full arti…
https://www.hmrrc.com/members/pacesetter/2024/february/chuck-terry-hmrrc-hall-fame-inductee-and-athlete-month

The Longest Race: Inside the Secret World of Abuse, Doping, and Deception on Nike's Elite Running Team

Reviewed by Tom O'GradyKara Goucher's book is a harrowing tale of exploitation, sexual abuse, and misogyny perpetrated by Alberto Salazar, Nike's running program director and coach. Most would think that being a part of the elite Nike program would be a d…
https://www.hmrrc.com/members/pacesetter/2024/january/longest-race-inside-secret-world-abuse-doping-and-deception-nikes-elite-running-team

Book Review: The Ghost Runner by Bill Jones

Reviewed by Tom O'Grady The Ghost Runner is a biography of a talented distance runner who, had he lived in a different time, would have been universally celebrated. In the 1960s he turned to ultra-marathons, and set world records for 40-mile and 100-mile …
https://www.hmrrc.com/members/pacesetter/2023/december/book-review-ghost-runner-bill-jones

HMRRC Stockade-athon Survey and More

On November 12, at Veteran's Park in Schenectady, the 47th Stockade-athon will be held. We thought it would be fun to interview runners who were veterans. Some have run it several times and some, a lot like Tom O'Grady, who will reach the magic number 15 …
https://www.hmrrc.com/members/pacesetter/2023/october/hmrrc-stockade-athon-survey-and-more

September’s Articles: In Case you Missed Them

September's issue included a lot of exciting race descriptions. The Tawasentha 5K race series newly hosted by Kari and John Deer at times looked like an Army recruiting film, with runners holding onto a rope going through a waist-high rain filled stream. …
https://www.hmrrc.com/members/pacesetter/2023/october/septembers-articles-case-you-missed-them

Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance: A Book Review

by Tom O'GradyEndurance is one of the most important qualities an athlete can possess. What determines this? Why do some have more than others? Is it inbred or can you develop it? These, along with other questions, are explored in this thought-provoking a…
https://www.hmrrc.com/members/pacesetter/2023/october/endure-mind-body-and-curiously-elastic-limits-human-performance-book-review

What Made Maddy Run: A Book Review

by Tom O'GradyWhat Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan is a powerful and poignant exploration of Madison Holleran's life and untimely death. In this compelling book, Fagan takes a deep dive into the life of a young college athlete and exposes the underlying chal…
https://www.hmrrc.com/members/pacesetter/2023/september/what-made-maddy-run-book-review

Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory

Reviewed by Tom O'Grady"Let Your Mind Run” is a must-read for anyone interested in running, mental training, or personal growth. Kastor’s writing is engaging, her stories are inspiring, and her message is one of positivity and hope. On a side note, I had …
https://www.hmrrc.com/members/pacesetter/2023/may/let-your-mind-run-memoir-thinking-my-way-victory

Boston Marathon 2023: Always Phenomenal

by Chris BishopThe Boston Marathon is the Holy Grail of all marathons and as usual it lived up to its reputation. Everyone thought that Eliud Kipchoge, the man who ran a 2:01 marathon in Tokyo was considered a shoe-in, but the hills of Boston and rainy we…
https://www.hmrrc.com/members/pacesetter/2023/may/boston-marathon-2023-always-phenomenal

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