By Michael Connelly
117 years Strong…and Counting!
This all-new variation, which follows the Boston Marathon into the twenty first century and during the tragedy of the 2013 race, is a colourful and relocating portrait of what it seems like to run the world’s oldest annual marathon, escorting the reader throughout the prior, current, and vivid way forward for the race.
26.2 Miles to Boston is a wealthy, vivid, and encouraging heritage of the Boston Marathon and of the boys and ladies of various skills whose struggles and triumphs have coloured this historical occasion for over a century.
From suburban Hopkinton, Massachusetts, to the guts of metropolitan Boston, the writer takes readers throughout the mile-by-mile attractions, sounds, and traditions that make the race what it's.
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As women’s boxing flows into and from men’s boxing, the fight network may yet find itself reinvigorated as a result. Old hands who hang around gyms looking for fighters to train have found that female novices are seeking them out. Many of these old hands dismiss women’s boxing as a freak show or a steep comedown from men’s boxing, but others are happy to have eager fighters to train. Often the same guy will have both reactions. Some mangled codgers in a Boston gym introduced two of their number to me as “Hansel and Gretel, the guys who handle the girls,” and they all laughed, including the two who train the women, but half an hour later “Gretel” was all business, hang- 01B-C2234 6/11/02 3:26 PM Page 34 34 THE CULTURE OF THE HANDS ing over the ropes to urge one of his female charges to hook to the body of the man she was sparring with.
Erie’s demography also bears the imprint of migrations that supplied the growing city with factory workers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: people of German descent form the largest ethnic group, followed by Poles, blacks, Italians, the Irish, Yankees who drifted west, and Hispanics who found their way north. That mix is typical of the inland Rust Belt, so typical that test marketers often use Erie as a guinea pig for commercial and political campaign strategies. The industrial-era infrastructure and demography are not just of historical interest: Erie is still a manufacturing city.
3 The city’s industrial sector and the cultural and social traditions that grew up with it may no longer be dominant, but they enjoy the special cachet of tradition because they trail long roots in local senses of past and place. The history of boxing in Erie intertwines with the city’s industrial history. Erie was never a particularly important fight town and certainly is not one today, but like almost all Rust Belt cities, it was a thriving outpost of the fight world between the late nineteenth century and World War II.
26.2 Miles to Boston: A Journey into the Heart of the Boston Marathon by Michael Connelly