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In search of Al Howie

Author: Jared Beasley
Publisher: [Victoria, British Columbia] : Rocky Mountain Books Ltd., [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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The story of Al Howie is a remarkable and at times unbelievable adventure into the heart of the longest races in the world with one of modern historys most eccentric ultra-marathon runners. If you ran 2225 kilometres from Winnipeg to Ottawa, youd be crazy. If the day after you arrived in Ottawa you showed up to a 24-hour race and started knocking back beers, you would be stupid. If you then ran the 195 kilometre,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Beasley, Jared.
In Search of Al Howie.
Toronto : RMB Rocky Mountain Books, ©2019
Named Person: Al Howie; Al Howie
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jared Beasley
ISBN: 1771603399 9781771603393
OCLC Number: 1112421868
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations (some colour), map, portraits (some colour)
Responsibility: by Jared Beasley.

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The story of Al Howie is a remarkable and at times unbelievable adventure into the heart of the longest races in the world with one of modern historys most eccentric ultra-marathon runners. If you ran 2225 kilometres from Winnipeg to Ottawa, youd be crazy. If the day after you arrived in Ottawa you showed up to a 24-hour race and started knocking back beers, you would be stupid. If you then ran the 195 kilometre, 24-hour race, won it, and ran all the way back to Winnipeg, youd be a true freak of nature. If later, at 46 years old, you ran 7200 kilometres across Canada in the world-record time of 72 days, 10 hours, and then followed it up two weeks later by breaking another world record (which happened to be your own) in the longest certified race on Earth, youd be a mega-distance alien. In all of this, if you were forever broke, using fake names and aliases, teetering on the edge of sanity, and doing it all in three-ounce racing flats, youd be Al Howie. Based on interviews with Howie himself during his final two years (he died in 2016), Jared Beasleys book takes the reader into the incomprehensible distances of a legendary runner and the amazing and complex world of an astounding figure in modern sports history.

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