New Book Profiles Stories Of Serial Marathoners

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 7, 2012
  • Updated Feb. 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM UTC
THE MESSENGERS catalogs the stories of serial marathoners. Photo: Run Places


Running just one marathon is a feat worthy of recognition, but how about taking on over 100? A new book called THE MESSENGERS profiles those who have covered the 26.2-mile distance more than 100 times.

The book is written by Malcolm Anderson, who interviewed over 120 runners for it.

“I was struck by just how happy everyone was,” he said. “This was what they were so passionate about doing.”

Anderson found that most runners of the runners interviewed took up the sport with the goal of just trying to improve their overall health, even though initially the runners didn’t like running.

Three traits typify the group: resiliency, patience, and social.

“They have a strong comfort level for taking on adversity,” Anderson said. “But it’s primarily about doing something with other people, seeing new places and sharing.”

One runner in the book is research scientist Leslie Miller, who has completed 160 lifetime marathons. She is only 32 years old.

“It’s my hobby,” Miller noted. “I just get out and run almost every day.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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