Running Books with a Gainesville Connection

Lloyd Clarke Sports

Gainesville inspires runners and writers. If you’re looking for some good training material, poetry, or a fun bit of fiction, all can be found from authors with local connections to Gainesville.

Pain, by Dan Middleman

Dan was my teammate at the University of Florida and made the Olympic team in the 10K. While this book is somewhat dark it has some classic stories about runners, motivation, victory and defeat. Not for young audiences. Probably college or older. Dan also wrote “The Burden” which I have not read but I will be reading soon.

The Coin, Michael Mykytok

Mike was also a teammate of mine at the University of Florida and a heck of a runner. He was USATF National Champion in 1997 over 10,000 meters and has many other trophies on his shelf. The Coin is one of his more recent novels. All of them have running themes, shady…

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