Book Review: 50 Races to Run Before You Die
Author: Tobias Mews
List Price: £16.99
From iconic road runs and obstacle races, to prestigious mountain marathons and brutal mountain ultras, 50 Races to Run Before You Die presents these epic challenges in all their mud, sweat and glory.
Including a range of events from easy to expert, and travelling from London's famous parks to the unforgiving Sahara desert, this stunningly illustrated book is an essential guide for anyone who wants to test themselves by taking on some of the world's most celebrated and rewarding physical challenges.
If you are looking for inspiration, then this is quite simply a great book that will help you gain a first hand view of a multitude of races. The book is simply and logically laid out, with 3 sections of races that are graded by challenge, and for each individual challenge the initial header shows location, dates, terrain, ascent, distance and other key information.
For each race, the author gives a background to the race itself, the context for his entry and then details how the race itself unfolded. You get a consistent insiders view of each one and certainly for me I could relate to the thinking for entering on a number of occasions through the book.
The passion of the writer comes through and for each race you get a sense of the unique character of the location and race itself - be it the support, the scenery, the history as well as giving a good indicator of the physical and mental challenge being taken on.
The author is an adventure athlete and journalist and a pretty high level athlete, but for "normal" people I think he has got the scaling of the challenges pretty much spot on. Some of the "Good for Beginners" can be classed as big challenges in themselves that will require time, training and dedication to take on. There are 3 marathons in this section, but they certainly are achievable even for newcomers to this type of activity.
As the challenges scale up, you go further into territory that only more experienced athletes and racers would want to take on. The book has opened my eyes to a number of new potential choices, and made me realise there are some monster challenges out there.
The photography is excellent throughout and brings some of the venues and races to life and the enthusiastic style make the book easy to read.
I'm still trying to choose what I want my challenge for 2018 to be.. so I will be keeping this to hand as I assess my options.
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Overall Score: 8 out of 10
Would You recommend this to a friend: Yes