Bill Rodgers, the American running legend recollects various aspects of his life in a new book, “Marathon Man.”
To many, he is remembered as “Boston Billy.” After all, legendary American distance runner Bill Rodgers won a whopping four Boston Marathon titles in the 1970s and 80s. And not to be overlooked is his equal number of wins at the New York City Marathon.
According to a recent review, Rodgers has written a new memoir about his running career.
It’s titled “Marathon Man: My 26.2-Mile Journey from Unknown Grad Student to the Top of the World.”
Rodgers writes about his days running around Boston’s Jamaica Pond back in 1972.
“I needed to move,” Rodgers writes in the book. “I was meant to move. Even at my lowest point as an athlete, the magnetic pull was still there.”
Rodgers’ memoir shifts from conscientious objector in Vietnam to his far-fletched running exploits, where he ran a half marathon wearing his grandfather’s wool sweater.
“Running wasn’t an escape from life,” Rodgers points out, “rather, it was an embrace of it.”