Running with the Buffaloes

A Season Inside with Mark Wetmore, Adam Goucher, and the University of Colorado Men's Cross Country Team
Narrated by: Adam Verner
Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (188 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In Running with the Buffaloes, writer Chris Lear follows the University of Colorado cross-country team through an unforgettable NCAA season. Allowed unparalleled access to team practices, private moments, and the mind of Mark Wetmore - one of the country's most renowned and controversial coaches - Lear provides a riveting look inside the triumphs and heartaches of a perennial national contender and the men who will stop at nothing to achieve excellence.

The Buffaloes' 1998 season held great promise, with Olympic hopeful Adam Goucher poised for his first-ever NCAA cross-country title, and the University of Colorado shooting for its first-ever national team title. But in the rigorous world of top-level collegiate sports, blind misfortune can sabotage the dreams of individuals and teams alike. In a season plagued by injury and the tragic loss of a teammate, the Buffaloes were tested as never before. What these men managed to achieve in the face of such adversity is the stuff of legend and glory.

With passion and suspense, Lear captures the lives of these young men and offers a glimpse of what drives a gifted runner like Adam Goucher and a great coach like Mark Wetmore.

©2003 Chris Lear (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"The book minutely details the training and coaching techniques used to produce a team that is a constant contender for the NCAA championship...this one will appeal to high school athletes and is recommended for both school and public libraries." ( Library Journal)

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So good! Almost makes running seem cool

Really enjoyed it. Felt super nostalgic for 90s XC. Great running philosophy and work out descriptions. The race results/ finishing list are a little awkward with the audio book. Difficult to capture an entire team's journey, but somehow this pulls it off.

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Offers insight

Into how a great program is run. Wetmore's teams were huge on the world stage for years and his legend lives on to this day.

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Amazing

Second time through and loved it even more this time! Inspiring, fun to listen to, and more than just a book about the run

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Inspiring!

For any runner looking for a great story,but also some motivation for their own running journey.

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A Timeless Classic

A runners classing. Tales of the success, trials and tribulations that keep you going in your daily training grind.

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Must read for all distance runners

Great story of the amount of dedication it takes to be a successful collegiate athlete. Good read for anyone who is a parent of a college athlete.

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A great cross country story

Loved how deep and personal the insight was from the writer. You won't regret it.

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Motivating and Inspirational

The story is read an an easy to listen to and understand format that also continues to motivate and inspire you as you listen- I listened on my long runs- and helped propel me forward and keep pushing when things got tough. An emotional but touching story.

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Feeling like being on the side of the track with the coach.

The book captures very well the life of a team, in their successful or doubtful moments. It’s simple, true, captivating.

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Glad to hear this one

Have read a few times, but knocked it out again on a few runs and rides. Nothing like it.

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