This book is divided into two sections. The first section is dedicated to the history of the 6 day pedestrian races held during the 1800's - 1900's, with lots of interesting stories and facts. The second section is Tom's personal account of his rise through High School athletics, to his ultramarathon undertakings in later years. Again - there are lots of interesting and inspirational stories, along with common sense training tips and advice for the novice through to the experienced. It is a well written, easy to read book that doesn't get bogged down in 'techno talk'. Highly recommended.