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The book jacket of The Coolest Race on Earth.

Noted author John Hanc will be the featured speaker at the Tuesday evening, Feb. 17 Open Meeting of the Greater Long Island Running Club. John will be discussing his recently published book The Coolest Race on Earth: Mud, Madmen, Glaciers and Grannies at the Antarctica Marathon.

The meeting will be held in the auditorium of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road in Plainview, starting promptly at 8 pm.

The book is a humorous and exhilarating account of Hanc's 7,000 mile journey to run on what is commonly referred to as the highest, driest, coldest and windiest place in the world, Antarctica. In February 2005, at age 50, Hanc completed his 20th marathon in Antarctica, braving conditions unlike any he'd ever encountered and returning home with a story few people in the world can tell. In The Coolest Race on Earth, Hanc recreates his Antarctic expedition in amusing and colorful detail. It's a story that will fascinate all distance runners, travel buffs and adventure-loving folks of all kinds, and nobody can tell it as well as John Hanc.

John Hanc, a member of the Greater Long Island Running Club, is a contributing editor to Runner's World Magazine and a contributing writer to Newsday. His previous books include The Essential Runner, The Essential Marathoner, Running for Dummies (co-authored with the late Florence Griffith -Joyner), and Racing for Recovery: From Addict to Ironman (coauthored with Tod Crandell). John, whose work has also appeared in The New York Times, Smithsonian, Family Circle, AARP, the magazine and The Boston Globe magazine, teaches writing and communications at New York Institute of Technology. He completed his 23rd career marathon in November of 2007.

The meeting is free of charge, and the general public is cordially invited to attend. For more information, call Mike or Linda at the Greater Long Island Running Club at 349-7646.


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