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    2018 TAFWA Armory Foundation Book Award Selections
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    TRACK AND FIELD WRITERS OF AMERICA
    2018 ARMORY FOUNDATION BOOK OF THE YEAR SELECTIONS

    FIVE FINALISTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED APRIL 15, 2019
    THE WINNER ANNOUNCED JUNE 7, 2019, IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, DURING THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

    2018 was a vibrant year for Track and Field writing. Our selections range from biography, memoir, history and theory to training and whimsey.

    We follow Joe Dial vaulting onto the pages in a memoir/diary THE SKY'S THE LIMIT. The story of an undersized athlete reaching great heights while having fellow Oklahoma State star Garth Brooks practice his singing on the team bus after throwing the javelin at a meet.

    THE TRACK IN THE FOREST is the story of the high-altitude preparations for the 1968 Olympic team that would compete in Mexico City surrounded by controversy and social revolution.

    THE INSIDE TRACK, by and about Fordham Ram Tom Courtney, a New Jersey kid from an athletic family of baseball players and boxers competing in the race of gladiators--the 800 meters. Finding not only gold, but a place in life, he passes on the knowledge of a lifetime of
    competing, investing and raising a family.

    THE WIZARD OF FOZ is the incredible story of how a high-school sophomore who perfected a new style and technique brought high jumping to a higher level.

    There is more to Deena Kastor than overcoming physical challenges. In her memoir LET YOUR MIND RUN she lets us into her dynamic of thinking her way to victory.

    ELIUD KIPCHOGE: HISTORY’S FASTEST MARATHONER opens the door to the Kenyan lifestyle that has produced so many world-class runners.

    Rod Milburn’s glorious and tragic life is told in A HURDLER’S HURDLER where the hypocrisy of the sport’s bureaucracy kept athletes down.

    Then there is BORN TO RUN, not that one, but the LEON COLEMAN STORY and being the best you can be while surrounded by the best.

    THE INCOMPLETE BOOK OF RUNNING by Peter Sagal is complete in all the elements of great writing about exceptional blue-collar running, and juggling work, family and the daily demands of life. And who knows, by nominating Sagal, the host of NPR’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me” show, he might mention on radio that TAFWA stands for TRACK AND FIELD WRITERS OF AMERICA!

    ENDURE is just that, as Alex Hutchinson escorts us to the peak of performance without destroying our minds or bodies.

    TIGERBELLE: The Wyomia Tyus Story tells about this wonderful Olympian, coached by another legend, Ed Temple, in a time of women riding in the caboose of athletic history.

    THE IRISH-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CLUB OF NEW YORK is the story of the Winged Fist in turn-of-the-century New York. It is astounding how a tribe of Irish athletes came together outside the closed doors of New York society and became the best in the world. Winning Olympic gold and setting National records with a team of New York City cops, and embracing a membership that included Jews, blacks and anyone else who had to use the Servants entrance to the American dream.

    While Kenya has its Rift Valley, why so many runners come from the town of Spokane in Washington State is answered by Peter Hawkins in VARSITY SEVEN.

    WHEN RUNNING MADE HISTORY by Roger Robinson takes us around the world and back to the heart of running America with insight, history and social change.

    In conclusion, this year we make special mention of a book that doesn’t meet the requirements for 2018 TAFWA Best Book since it was published in 2017. RUNNER IN RED by Tom Murphy is a mystery/thriller of a woman reportedly seen running the Boston Marathon before Kathrine Switzer.


    TRACK AND FIELD WRITERS OF AMERICA 2018 BEST BOOK SELECTIONS

    THE SKY’S THE LIMIT--The Joe Dial Story
    By Doug Eaton with Joe Dial
    Gold Medal Publishing-Tulsa, OK 2018

    THE TRACK IN THE FOREST
    The Creation Of A Legendary 1968 US Olympic Team
    By Bob Burns
    Chicago Review Press-Chicago, 2018

    THE INSIDE TRACK, Tom Courtney
    By Tom Courtney
    Page Publishing-New York, 2018

    TIGERBELLE: The Wyomia Tyus Story
    By Wyomia Tyus and Elizabeth Terzakis
    Akashic Books-Kindle 2018


    THE WIZARD OF FOZ
    Dick Fosbury’s One-Man High Jump Revolution
    By Bob Welch with Dick Fosbury
    Skyhorse Publishing-New York, 2018

    A HURDLER’S HURDLER
    The Life Of Rodney Milburn, Olympic Champion
    By Steven MaGill
    McFarland and Co.-N.C., 2018

    THE UNIVERSITY OF NIKE
    How Corporate Cash Bought Higher Education
    By Joshua Hunt
    Melville House-Brooklyn, London 2018

    LET YOUR MIND RUN
    A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory
    By Deena Kastor and Michelle Hamilton
    Crown Publishing; New York, 2018

    ELIUD KIPCHOGE: HISTORY'S FASTEST MARATHONER:
    An Insight Into Kenyan Life That Shapes Legends
    By Tait Hearps, Matt Ingless Fox
    Published Independently 2018

    BORN TO RUN: The Leon Coleman Story
    By Leon Coleman
    Self Published, 2018

    WHEN RUNNING MADE HISTORY
    By Roger Robinson
    Syracuse University Press, 2018

    THE INCOMPLETE BOOK OF RUNNING
    By Peter Sagal
    Simon and Schuster NY, 2018

    ENDURE-Mind, Body and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance
    By Alex Hutchinson
    Harper Collins, 2018

    THE IRISH-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CLUB OF NEW YORK:
    The Rise and Fall of the Winged Fists 1898-1917
    McFarland Publishing, 2018

    VARSITY SEVEN: An American Rift Valley
    By Peter Hawkins
    Starr Press-Spokane, Wash., 2018

    SPECIAL MENTION
    (Not Eligible because of 2017 Publishing)
    RUNNER IN RED
    By Tom Murphy
    Encircle Publications-Farmington, Maine, 2017
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    I bought/read Track In the Forest and Wizard of Foz. A++ to both !
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    Endure by Alex Hutchinson was also excellent but its not directly track related
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