Praise for What Mad Pursuit
“What Mad Pursuit offers a story or many that every runner will relate to no matter what their ability or history in our sport. Rich really gets to the soul of why we want to put wear on our soles, run after run, mile after mile, year after year.”
--JOAN BENOIT SAMUELSON,
Olympic Marathon Champion
“Rich Elliott's wildly-imagined running stories are full of characters you've never met at the local July 4 race and race scenes you've never encountered. Yet the runners and races all ring true, and they open a new window into the sport.”
--AMBY BURFOOT, Boston Marathon winner and editor-in-chief of Runner's World
“Mr. Elliott's characters are not so much defined by running as part of the definition of what it means to be a runner. I think of the stories as mosaic. Each is bright glass pieced together to make an entire and coherent book. Some of his characters will always be with me. I don't really know how the author did it. Magic. I guess it is, to take many lives and make them one in a multitude of dimensions.
This may seem reductionist, but it is not.
It is universality.”
--FRANK MURPHY, author of The Silence of Great Distance and other running books