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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 twenty ton bus making an illegal turn. The injuries he sustained pushed him within inches of his life. Miraculously, more than forty 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 eighteen months before the accident, he had competed in more than twenty 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Armed with heart, wisdom, grit, and wit, Matt Long kicked death right in the ass and came roaring back to life. If you want a lesson in believing in yourself, in fighting back against all odds, buy this book—before they make the movie.”

    Denis Leary

  • “Like Long himself, his memoir is full of the heartfelt can-do attitude sure to appeal to the Iron Man in everyone.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The book is open and honest—at times, almost painfully so—and readers will be horrified by Long’s ordeal and inspired by his determination to get back as much of himself as he could.”


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