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MARATHON & BEYOND announces release of book
commemorating 110th running of Boston Marathon.
Boston Marathon & Beyond features articles and photos from race’s history.
Officially licensed by Boston Athletic Association and presented by adidas.
CHAMPAIGN, IL and BOSTON, MA – April 12, 2006: Marathon & Beyond magazine announced the
release of a special edition, Boston Marathon & Beyond, commemorating next Monday’s 110th running of
the Boston Marathon. The announcement was made by Jan Colarusso Seeley, Marathon & Beyond
publisher, in conjunction with the Boston Athletic Association and adidas, presenting sponsor of the
“We hail the launch of Boston Marathon & Beyond at this year’s Boston Marathon. This collaboration
with Marathon & Beyond has resulted in a truly unique book, which will be valued by runners and fans of
the Boston Marathon alike,” says Guy Morse, executive director of the Boston Athletic Association,
which has officially licensed the book.
The book, edited by noted running author and Marathon & Beyond editor Richard Benyo, contains
articles by Hal Higdon, Roger Robinson, Kathrine Switzer, Tom Derderian, John J. Kelley, and others.
The book also features a painting by acclaimed sports artist Andy Yelenak, reproduced across a unique
double gatefold cover. “The rich, long-running history of the Boston Marathon provides a deep well
from which all runners can draw inspiration. This project allowed us to work at the well and gain a
deeper appreciation of the many runners who contributed to the sport’s continuation through three
different centuries,” says Benyo.
Speaking for the presenting sponsor, adidas brand marketing manager Ashley Williams, says, “We’re
delighted to align with other leaders in this sport like the B.A.A. and Marathon & Beyond magazine. We
feel it’s another way to connect our passion for running with the passionate runners of this sport. Our
product innovations are inseparably linked to a runner’s aspirations, and the inspirational stories in this
book reflect that sense.”
Featured articles in the commemorative book include
“The Lure—and Lore—of Boston” by Richard Benyo (a not-so-short history of Boston and why it
is marathon’s Mecca)
“The Genesis of Boston” by Tom Derderian (the first Boston Marathon—how it came to be and
what transpired in the first race)
“Boston Lite” by Scott Hubbard (each Boston Marathon in 25 words or less)
“The ‘Mayor’ of Boston” by Richard Benyo (Johnny Kelley, the Elder, the grand master of Boston
came up the hard way)
“The Deed is Done” by John J. Kelley (John J. Kelley’s 1957 win at Boston)
“Masters at Boston” by Roger Robinson (the pioneering efforts of masters runners at Boston)
“Fast Women” by Kathrine Switzer (from out of the bushes to the lead pack: a history)
“The Epiphany” by Tito Morales (the spirit of Boston waits to infuse the first-timer)
“The Top 10 Bostons” (a stellar panel of 22 picks the 10 best Bostons)
“‘Duel in the Sun’ Revisited” by Hal Higdon (uncut, long version of Higdon’s feature on Salazar
and Beardsley from his book, Boston: A Century of Running. Half of this epic article appears in the
special issue, the balance to appear in the May/June 2006 issue of Marathon & Beyond.)
Reflecting on her contribution to the book, Switzer remarks, “As I began writing the feature on women
at Boston for the book, it occurred to me that I actually knew personally every woman winner in the
history of the race. As I began telling their stories and our evolving sports history, I also began reliving
a lot of my own life, which of course is so closely linked to the great annual Boston Marathon. It was a
Commenting on his view of the book, Higdon says, “I like to think of Marathon & Beyond as ‘The Little
Magazine That Could.’ It’s nice to still have a running publication that is just a little bit different and a
little bit off the wall. Boston Marathon & Beyond is merely the latest example of the respect that Publisher
Jan Seeley and Editor Rich Benyo have for our sport.”
Another contributor and former Boston masters record holder, Robinson observes, “Masters runners
are some of the greatest heroes in the human drama of Boston–think of both Johnny Kelleys, Miki
Gorman, or John Campbell–but their story has never been told before.”
Boston Marathon & Beyond also features a gallery of current and archival photos from the collections of
Ed Kozloff, Jeff Johnson, Victah/www.PhotoRun.net, and the B.A.A.
Boston Marathon & Beyond is being distributed to all 2006 Boston Marathon race entrants, along with
Marathon & Beyond subscribers. In addition, it will be available for purchase by past Boston Marathon
entrants and through bookstores and retail running stores.
More information is available at www.marathonandbeyond.com/boston2006/
About the B.A.A.
Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a nonprofit organization with a mission of
managing athletic events and promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The
B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other
local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs.
adidas is a global designer, developer, and marketer of athletic footwear, apparel, and accessories with
the mission to be the leading sports brand in the world. Brand adidas is part of the adidas Group,
composed of the brands adidas, Reebok, and TaylorMade.
About Marathon & Beyond
Celebrating its 10th year, Marathon & Beyond is an international, bimonthly magazine dedicated to long-
distance running. Marathon & Beyond subscribers are marathoners and ultrarunners who compete in
several long-distance races a year. Subscribers live in all 50 states, all provinces of Canada, more than a
dozen European countries, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as places like Africa, Malaysia, Hong
Kong, Singapore, and Iceland.