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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matt Long, Charles Butler Narrator: Matthew Del Negro Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9780307877499
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On the morning of December 22, 2005, New York City firefighter Matt Long was cycling to work when he was struck by and sucked under a 20-ton bus making an illegal turn. The injuries he sustained pushed him within inches of death. Miraculously, after five months in the hospital and more than 40 operations, Matt was able to start his recovery. In addition to his physical injuries, Matt found the psychological consequences of the accident nearly as hard to process. In the 18 months before the accident, he had competed in more than 20 premier athletic events and had qualified for running’s most prestigious race, the Boston Marathon. After the accident, one doctor told him he’d be lucky if he could even walk without a cane.

The Long Run
is the emotional and incredibly honest story of Matt’s determination to fight through fear, despair, loneliness, and intense physical and psychological pain to regain the life he once had. It 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.


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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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About the Author

Matt Long is the founder of the I Will Foundation, which helps people of all ages to pursue goals they previously thought were beyond their reach. He lives in New York City.