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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Cameron Stracher, publisher of the New York Law School Law Review at work on a book about the 1970s and the running boom, talks about the differences between human and animal runners.

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Comments [7]

Beth Grafman from White Plains

In "A Picture Book of Jesse Owens" by David A. Adler, Jesse Owens shares that, while he did not like the show races he had to run against animals and machines after the Olympics, at least it was an honest way to make a living because, after all, he had a family to feed.

Aug. 27 2009 12:02 PM
Gwen from Clinton, Connecticut

I enjoy running 5ks, but have run a couple of half marathons and find myself wondering about an hour into the race "What in the heck am i doing this for?" because it's certainly not for pleasure!

Aug. 27 2009 11:59 AM
seth from Astoria

Malamutes, Alaskan Sled dogs, Love/Live to run. I worked in Alaska for a few summers, and went to a sled dog demo. Wven in the summer over rocks with special runners on the sled, these dogs are just wild wanting to run.

Aug. 27 2009 11:58 AM
Eduard from brooklyn

Isn't running a cultural thing. Did people used to run for fun earlier in history?

Aug. 27 2009 11:58 AM
runner from brooklyn

there's an excellent book called "why we run" by Bernd Heinrich that talks a lot about the differences between animals and humans with regard to their long distance running abilities.

Aug. 27 2009 11:57 AM
Hugh from Brooklyn

Running for humans is also an expression of play. Humans play in ways animals don't but it's still play.

Aug. 27 2009 11:57 AM
Jane from Washington Heights

About the comment that one can't imagine a dog running just for pleasure ... that's exactly what a dog run is about! Anyone who's stood there for just a few minutes watching dogs tearing around while their owners stand and chat can see this.

Aug. 27 2009 11:55 AM

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