14 Minutes: A Running Legend’s Life and Death and Life

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14 Minutes is the autobiography of marathon sensation Alberto Salazar. Salazar was one the world’s fastest marathon runners in the early 1980’s. His first ever marathon he ran was the New York City Marathon of 1980, which he wonI He also was the best the two following years of the New York City Marathon.But perhaps his most famous win was the win of the Boston City Marathon in 1982. In a thrilling duel with London marathon winner of 1981 Dick Beardsley, Salazar sprinted to the finish line and just beating Beardsley in the last 100 yards. After his win Salazar collapsed and had to be taken to the hospital where he was given several liters of water because he forgot to drink during the race.

One of the focus points of this biography of Alberto Salazar are the 14 minutes in which he was declared clinically dead. In 2007 Salazar was surprised by a serious heart attack, in this biography he tells u how he, a very fit athlete, still managed to put his heart to so much stress it almost took his life. Because of this heart failure Salazar studied the world of cardiovascular health and he shares what he has found out and it what we can expect in the near future from medical science.

But this is not medical book by far, most of this biography is about how a young refuge from Cuba turned out the be one of the worlds greatest long distance runners. This book is filled with beautiful stories that give you a great look from the period running was becoming America’s number one pass time.

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