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The Complete History of Cross-Country Running:


A compendium intent on tracing the history of the sport from its earliest beginnings, “The Complete History of Cross-Country Running: From the Nineteenth Century to the Present Day” by Andrew Boyd Hutchinson is a historical non-fiction account spanning the years 1800 to 2017. It is the sole, leading authority on the origin of the sport and where it is headed in the future.
Separated by decade, each chapter identifies, describes, and catalogs the rich and vibrant stories that trace the sport’s global expansion. These stories are note-worthy, relevant for today’s audience, historically accurate, and include details that appeal to fans of all ages. From England to North America, Mainland Europe to Australia, East Africa to Russia… The sport’s top athletes, teams and storylines are featured to show how and why the sport is so beloved today.
Set for release by Carrel Books (an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing) in January 2018, “The Complete History of Cross-Country Running” has been in development since the winter of 2012. It is an anthology of cross-country running that any distance runner, or any reader can become lost in…


“[The book includes] stories of long-forgotten athletes and races that illustrate the colorful history of a sport that still defies standardization, and [Hutchinson] covers every part of it that you can think of (plus plenty you won’t until you read it).” – Jesse Squire, CITIUS Magazine, December 2017.

Athletics Weekly

“It is an immense work of around 400 pages that is sure to stand the test of time as a definitive source of history for one of athletics’ most traditional disciplines.” – Jason Henderson, Athletics Weekly, October 2017.

Runners Tribe

“Most of us would fast forward to the cross-country we know today…Hutchinson, instead, takes us on the journey. You may have read some accounts of early cross-country events elsewhere…but not brought together in one place.” – Len Johnson, Runner’s Tribe, July 2017.

Toni Reavis

“[Hutchinson] has fashioned a real winner, for sure, producing a long overdue chronicle of a grand history now fully delivered.” – Toni Reavis, August, 2017.

What’s Inside?

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A five-year project which captures these events from the year 1800 to the present day in one volume, the book includes the following: a forward written by two-time World Cross Country champion Craig Virgin; “Event Spotlights” for every decade that showcase a particular race in detail; three “Cultural Spotlights” that explain cross-country’s involvement in the Olympic Games, women’s inclusion in the sport, and attire, footwear and technology changes; “Did You Know?” boxes which itemize important details found nowhere else; commentary in the conclusion which includes never-before-heard analysis by professionals Ben Rosario, coach of the Northern Arizona Elite Team, and Olympians David Torrence and Shannon Rowbury; photos from the earliest accounts featuring Thames Hare and Hounds, Michigan State University (host site of the initial NCAA Cross Country Championship), and collections from professional photographer George Aitkin, former Nike employee Jeff Johnson, and Andrew Peat of siXthCounter.

Questions This Book Raises and Answers:

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Where did cross-country running come from, and how did the sport reach a global threshold?
How did professionalism in athletics lead to a decline in “Western” performance in the 1980s and 1990s?
What factors led to an American resurgence in distance running in the 2000s?
How did blood doping and EPO become so widespread in distance running? How was cross-country running (globally) an indicator of EPO use? Is the problem solved?
What are the true origins of the U.S. National Cross-Country Championship? Why aren’t the earliest American championships officially recognized?
Does the administration of athletics negatively affect athletes in the sport?
Why did East African nations become so strong at distance running? How was cross-country running affected? How did Kenya and Ethiopia get their start?
Why was cross-country running taken out of the Summer Olympic Program?
What does the future of cross-country running hold? Are there ways the sport can become more popular?

This Book Describes in Detail:

The origin of the sport in a number of different countries (click to expand)


The origin of the sport in:
– England
– Ireland
– Scotland
– Wales
– France
– Belgium
– United States
– Canada
– Australia
– New Zealand
– Sweden
– Finland
– Czech Republic
– Poland
– Germany
– Spain
– Italy
– Portugal
– Kenya
– Ethiopia
(plus more)

The origin, training and accomplishments of... (click to expand)


The origin, training and accomplishments of:
– Walter George
– Alfred Shrubb
– Edward C. Carter
– William D. Day
– Alain Mimoun
– Hannes Kolehmainen
– Jean Bouin
– Paavo Nurmi
– Joseph Guillemot
– Alice Milliat
– Jack Holden
– Don Lash
– Fred Wilt
– Emil Zatopek
– Gordon Pirie
– Vladamir Kuts
– Gladys Lunn
– Roger Bannister
– Doris Brown Heritage
– Jim Ryun
– Kip Keino
– Gaston Roelants
– Mamo Wolde
– Ron Hill
– Gerry Lindgren
– Steve Prefontaine
– Craig Virgin
– John Ngeno
– Nick Rose
– Alberto Salazar
– Rod Dixon
– Henry Rono
– Grete Waitz
– Pat Porter
– Lynn Jennings
– John Ngugi
– Khalid Skah
– Paul Tergat
– Haile Gebrselassie
– Adam Goucher
– Dathan Ritzenhein
– Jordan Hasay
– Ryan Hall
– Alan Webb
– Simon Bairu
– Deena Kastor
– Kenenisa Bekele
– Galen Rupp
– Mo Farah
– Shalane Flanagan
– Chris Derrick
– German Fernandez
– Edward Cheserek
– Mary Cain
– Garrett Heath
(plus more)

In-depth followings for... (click to expand)


In-depth followings for:
– The Thames Hare and Hounds
– The Birchfield Harriers
– The New York Athletic Club
– The International Cross Country Championship
– Cross Country Running in the Summer Olympic Games
– Cornell University
– Michigan State University
– The NCAA Cross Country Championship
– The Cross de L’Humanite
– Kansas University
– Villanova University
– The University of Oregon
– Washington State University
– The University of Texas El Paso / UTEP
– The IAAF World Cross Country Championship
– Athletics West
– The University of Arkansas
– The University of Wisconsin
– The University of Colorado
– Stanford University
– Adams State College
– The Nike Oregon Project
– The Hansons-Brooks Distance Project
– The Footlocker Cross Country Championship
– Nike Cross Nationals
(plus more)

and pure history, including... (click to expand)


The History Of:
– The Amateur Athletic Union
– The English National Cross Country Championship
– The U.S. National Cross Country Championship
– The IC4A / The Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletics of America
– The IAAF / The International Association of Athletics Federations
– The International Cross Country Union
– The NCAA / The National Collegiate Athletic Association
– The Cinque Mulini
– Nike Inc.
– Morris Park
– Van Cortlandt Park
– Franklin Park
– The Crystal Springs Cross Country Course in Belmont
– The LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute
(plus more)



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