In Search of Al Howie

In Search of Al Howie

by Jared Beasley

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The story of Al Howie is a remarkable and at times unbelievable adventure into the heart of the longest races in the world with one of modern history's most eccentric ultra-marathon runners.

If you ran 7295 kilometres across Canada in 72 days, wearing three-ounce racing flats, then two weeks later took on the longest certified race on Earth and broke the world record (which happened to be your own), what would you be? Likely an alien. If you won 24-hour races and three-, six-, and seven-day races several times a year in your mid-40s, and ran marathons just for training, what would they call you? Crazy for sure. If you were forever broke and shipped your clothes on buses in order to run free of baggage for thousands of kilometres just to get to races, you’d be institutionalized. And if you did all these things and were institutionalized for the last 15 years of your life, you would be Al Howie.

Al Howie was an eccentric among the extreme runners in the ultra-marathon world, and his life was as enigmatic as his runs. Based on interviews with Howie himself during his final two years (he died in 2016), Jared Beasley’s book takes the reader into the amazing and complex world of an astounding figure in modern sports history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771603393
Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books
Publication date: 10/08/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 902,018
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Jared Beasley has spent years as an actor and director, having written numerous feature screenplays and independent shorts. Originally from the American South, he has a degree in literature and theatre from the University of Alabama and is the co-author of The Black Sheep: The Fittest / Unfittest Bar Owner In New York. Jared lives in New York, NY.

Table of Contents

A Note on Multi-days and Mega-distance 11

Introduction: The Pirate 13

Map: Trans-Canada Highway, East to West 18

Part 1 Newfoundland

Chapter 1 Finding Al 23

Chapter 2 Arthur John 29

Chapter 3 On the Run 39

Chapter 4 June, Turkey and Lord Byron 43

Part 2 Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick

Chapter 5 The Big Move 55

Chapter 6 First Run 59

Chapter 7 Niagara 63

Part 3 Quebec

Chapter 8 Hell's Gate 73

Chapter 9 Celebration of Life 87

Part 4 Ontario

Chapter 10 Fight with a Greek God 99

Chapter 11 Claudia 105

Chapter 12 Scotland 113

Chapter 13 A Boy and a Bike 121

Part 5 Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Chapter 14 The Bengali Tiger and Al's First Multi-Day 129

Chapter 15 The Misfits: A Peep into Other Aliens 137

Chapter 16 Impossibility 183

Part 6 Alberta

Chapter 17 Mile "o" 191

Chapter 18 The Meteor 199

Chapter 19 Trans-Am 205

Part 7 British Columbia

Chapter 20 A Slippery Slope 215

Chapter 21 One Last Talk 229

Acknowledgements 237

Appendix I Al Howie Bests 239

Appendix II Selective Running Chronology 241

Appendix III Journal 247

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