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During my interviews with the coaches and captain of both teams, the differences were obvious. The track team was cliquish and hierarchical. I felt like I was being interrogated and examined. The cross-country team, on the other hand, seemed to be about working together. They ran for the good of the team rather than for personal gain. One runner might cover for another's weakness, so both would hang together through the low points of a run rather than trying to "drop" each other.-Dean Karnazes
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A Tale of Triumph by Arthur Brown Ruhl, 112 Years in the Making.
Arthur Brown Ruhl, born in 1876 in Rockford Illinois, attended Harvard where he ran the half-mile and fostered a passion for sports journalism. Described as not only “an athlete, but also a literary artist of unusual distinction” Ruhl’s unique voice brought public attention to stories in a wide swath of genres — as a war correspondent, foreign correspondent, sports reporter, theatre critic, and travel writer — who entertained the Wright Brothers just as easily as he penned the volume Rowing and Track Athletics.
This story here, first printed in the November 1904 issue of Outing Magazine, celebrates the sport of cross-country in one of the most visceral and romantic ways possible. A historically meaningful and vivid first-person account, it has just as much meaning and relevance today as it did 112 years ago…
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As preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games intensify it’s easy to forget that soon, nearly a million runners around the world will be lacing up for cross-country season. Today, July 26th 2016, corresponds with an unfortunate anniversary: four years since the passing of Pat Porter. The legacy of this great American Champion is surprisingly subdued, and yet, now more than ever, his achievements are relevant to the climate within American distance running.
Read the full story here: https://meter.tracksmith.com/cross-countrys-forgotten-hero-9973b0a9a750#.3k0sy5s5u
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Our purpose: weave a smooth and seamless integration of the sport of cross-country running; from its earliest origins in England, to the widely popular and highly successful worldwide event that it is today.