Visionary American running coach Bob Larsen assembled a mismatched team of elite California runners . . .
In the dusty hills above San Diego, Bob Larsen became one of America's greatest running coaches. Starting with a ragtag group of high school cross country and track runners, Larsen set out on a decades-long quest to find the secret of running impossibly fast, for longer distances than anyone thought possible. Beginning in the 60s and 70s, when the running craze was in its infancy, Larsen relentlessly sought the 'secret sauce' of speed and endurance that would catapult American running onto the national stage.
Running to the Edge is a riveting account of Larsen's journey, and his quest to discover the unorthodox training secrets that would lead American runners (elite and recreational) to breakthroughs never imagined. The book weaves the dramatic stories of Larsen's runners with a fascinating discourse of the science behind human running, as well as a personal running narrative that follows Futterman's own checkered love-affair with the sport. The result is a narrative that will speak to every runner, a story of setbacks and triumphs, a page-turner that explores the relentless crusade to run faster, farther.