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Young Hearts, Running Free

Nov. 29, 2004
Nov. 29, 2004

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Nov. 29, 2004

SCORECARD
Sports Illustrated Bonus Section: Golf Plus
PRO FOOTBALL
LETTERS
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
SI Players: Life On and Off the Field
SI Players
Pro Basketball
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
MOTOR SPORTS
Tennis
  • In a spectacular flameout after he retired from tennis, Roscoe Tanner deceived his friends and family and ended up penniless and in jail. Now he hopes to heal the wounds he's inflicted and repay all his debts--but it won't be easy

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Young Hearts, Running Free

"Cross-country and rebellion are natural allies," writes Marc Bloom in God on the Starting Line (Breakaway Books, 240 pages, $22), an inspiring account of his season spent coaching the boys' cross-country team at tiny St. Rose High in Belmar on the New Jersey shore. "Running ... through the woods while the rest of America sleeps strikes me as a defiant, liberating act."

This is an article from the Nov. 29, 2004 issue

A longtime track writer, Bloom struggled to liberate his charges from what he terms the "mass, uniform Hollywood culture that captures young people," even as he shepherded them through a roller-coaster season toward a shot at the state championship. His book captures the sweaty satisfaction of summer runs on the boardwalk, the goofy give-and-take of kids on their first road trip, the bracing excitement of big fall meets at Holmdel Park, that muddy crucible for generations of Jersey runners. In the end it also captures the deeper joy of watching young athletes embrace the unfashionable ideals of commitment, sacrifice, courage and faith. --Richard O'Brien

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