The Long Run by Matt Long
A New York City Firefighter's Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete

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A New York City firefighter's emotional and inspiring memoir of learning to run again after a debilitating accident.

On the morning of December 22, 2005, Matt Long was cycling to work in the early morning when he was struck by and sucked under a 20-ton bus making an illegal turn. The injuries he sustained pushed him within inches of his life. Miraculously, more than 40 operations and months later, Matt was able to start his recovery. In spite of the severity of his injuries, Matt found the psychological consequences of the accident nearly as hard to process. He would no longer be able to compete at the highest level. In the 18 months before the accident, he had competed in more than 20 events including several triathlons and marathons and had qualified for running's most prestigious race, the Boston Marathon. After the accident, his doctor told him he'd be lucky if he could even walk without a cane.

The Long Run is an emotional and incredibly honest story about Matt's determination to fight through fear, despair, loneliness, and intense physical and psychological pain to regain the life he once had. The book chronicles Matt's road to recovery as he teaches himself to walk again and, a mere three years later, to run in the 2008 New York City Marathon--a gimpy seven-and-a-half hour journey through the five boroughs. "Running saved my life," Matt says, and his embrace of the running community and insistence on competing in the marathon has inspired many, turning him into a symbol of hope and recovery for untold numbers of others.


About Matt Long

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MATT LONG is a 17-year veteran of the FDNY and a New York City bar and restaurant owner. A finisher of multiple marathons and two Ironmans, he gives motivational talks to athletes and corporate executives. Since 2008, Long has been a spokesperson for the New York Blood Center. His foundation, I Will, provides training and funding to athletes recovering from traumatic injuries.CHARLES BUTLER is an editor at Runner's World whose writing has appeared in the New York Times, SmartMoney, and Fortune, among other publications. Butler teaches journalism at Lehigh University.
Published October 12, 2010 by Rodale. 266 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Sports & Outdoors, Professional & Technical, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Rae Francoeur on Nov 24 2010 an admirably honest account of his battle with mind-boggling devastation.

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Reviewed by Josh Martell on Aug 26 2011

You don’t need to be a runner to be moved by Matt’s story and to be inspired by it.

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