By Glenn Stout
“Excellent . . . A no-brainer pickup for the activities collection.” — Booklist
“An confirmation of the robust country of yank sportswriting.” — Kirkus Reviews
From greater than 350 nationwide, nearby, and uniqueness guides and, more and more, the pinnacle activities blogs, Christopher McDougall, best-selling writer of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the best Race the realm hasn't ever Seen, hand-selected some of the best activities journalism of the previous year.
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