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Sam's Book

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I have hit the finish line!

My marathon journey to research and write a book about marathon running (and other races) has been completed.  In my own mind, I have earned a PR.  I don’t need a finisher’s medal.  I have the actual book in hand.  It’s a great feeling.

Now, I want to give you some of that great feeling.

The book is available in multiple formats.

Limited edition copy signed by the author – Order form here

Order form content:  Please send us your name, mailing address, and how many books you want.  The cost of one book is $15 for the book (with free shipping).  The book(s) will be mailed to you from Ennis, Montana. There are two methods to pay. 

  1. Send a check for the total amount due to:  Sam Korsmoe  PO Box 1110  Ennis, MT 59729

  2. Pay by credit/debit card below. 

A World Gone Mad for Marathons is about the incredible growth of organized marathons around the world as well as the growth of many other sporting events (i.e. ultras, trail races, triathlons, IRONMANs, duathlons, cycling races, 10Ks, and 5Ks).  This growth is occurring irrespective of gender, age, body shape or size, ethnicity, culture, or country.  For numerous reasons, millions of people around the world are signing up for sporting events and saying ‘Go.’

In the past 10 years, the number of marathons worldwide has tripled (from around 2,000 in 2009 to an anticipated 6,000 by the end of 2019).  The world’s most famous marathons (e.g. New York, London, Berlin, Tokyo, Chicago, etc…) have long ago resorted to lotteries to allow runners in.  One of the newest countries on the high speed marathon train is China.   In just the past few years, cities with absolutely no history or experience in hosting marathons are doing so and tens of thousands of runners sign up within the first few hours.  The ‘why is this happening’ question is one of the themes of this book. 

Through its 10 chapters, the book looks at the primary drivers of this trend such as community, overcoming adversity, responding to stress and depression, and other causes.  Each chapter profiles an athlete who shares his or her story on why they are so driven to just keep running and competing.   I also shares my own humorous efforts to complete a marathon. In fact, it was one of our own – the Madison Marathon – at an average elevation of 9,000 feet above the oceans.

I’ve been a Montana race director for more than 12 years and have built an eight-race series in the Yellowstone region of Montana. The keystone race of the series is the Madison Marathon which is a road marathon with an average elevation of over 9,000 feet.  The starting line is higher than the highest mountain peaks in all but 13 states of the USA.  I’m planning to export part of the Yellowstone series abroad. 

In what I hope is a witty and personal voice, I shed light on ‘the why’ of this trend and offer readers a race director’s insight and point of view of the athletes who do these events.  This is not a book on ‘how to run’ a marathon, but more of a ‘why I should also do one.’  My goal is to inspire couch potatoes and aging athletes that they too can be part of this global phenomenon.  All you gotta do is say Go.

I hope you will consider buying this book.  At least some people think it’s a good read (see reviews below)

Stay Happy, Healthy, and Always Keep Running Forward.

Sam