Book Review: 26.2 Marathon Stories

Posted by Filed Under: Book Reviews, Inspiration & Motivation

marathon stories book review

26.2 Marathon Stories is a lovingly crafted tribute from two authors who obviously have a deep, personal connection with marathoning. Kathrine Switzer (the first woman to race in the Boston Marathon) and Roger Robinson (who has set age group marathon records around the globe) have assembled a beautiful book. I suspect “beautiful” and “marathon” don’t often appear on your screen together, but I assure you that there is beauty aplenty in 26.2 Marathon Stories.switzer-kathrine.jpg

From history to heroes, from agony to ecstasy, from weekend road warriors to elite gods of running, much of what you’ll find in 26.2 Marathon Stories can be found by spending time (a lot of time!) scouring the web, but this book has it all packaged up in one beautiful place.

Of course, every good book has to have good writing and, rest assured, you won’t be disappointed here. The words in 26.2 Marathon Stories jump off the page to evoke a wide range of emotions. Some of the writing is simply … magical.

The magic doesn’t end with the writing. From the moment you glance at the cover, till the second you turn that last page, you’ll be captivated by tons and tons of beautiful illustrations and photographs – each one woven expertly into the fabric of the book’s message.

The message underpinning all this marathon beauty is a sense of awe, inspiration and wonder. The ink on these pages practically begs you to experience (or re-experience!) the marathon.

It’s a book that belongs on your coffee table. It’s a book even non-runners will enjoy. It’s a book that can inspire an out of shape couch potato to train for his first marathon. It’s a book that can re-ignite the fire in a seasoned athlete.

But don’t take my word for it – check out some other reviews at Coolrunning and Amazon.

26.2 Marathon Stories is available on

About Mark Iocchelli

Also known as the "Running Blogfather", I'm a 40-something marathoner who has beaten stress fractures and terrible shin splints. Now I'm running double the mileage with no pain - and I'm getting faster. I love to talk about running form and Arthur Lydiard. I also enjoy taking photographs, have a beautiful (and very patient!) wife, and am the proud father of two crazy kids. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about the site.

  1. Jeanne on May 13th at 7:58 pm

    great review! i want that book! it sounds TOTALLY inspirational. who knows, i might just go for it again. maybe. one day. next year.

  2. Team Geared Up Blog » Books for Runners - talking about outdoor adventure, gear & expeditions. on May 15th at 7:42 am

    […] “26.2 Marathon Stories”, by Kathrine Switzer and Roger Robinson: a book that combines marathon runner stories with images from renowned photographers all together in a hardcover edition that has recently been published. An early review here […]

  3. Book Review: 26.2 Marathon Stories | on May 23rd at 2:21 pm

    […] edition that has recently been published. Completerunning has already reviewed it. Read more at Written by Mark Iocchelli If you liked this, you may want to subscribe to the RSS feed and get […]