The candid style that Moore uses to recount his own experiences is refreshing, as is his commitment to sharing the history behind marathoning. He chronicles the background of running as an “elitist” sport, covering notables who broke through the barriers-like Marilyn Bevans, the first Black woman to win a United States marathon… – BookLife by Publishers Weekly
A world-class marathoner who completed all six of the Abbott World Marathon Majors! Based on Charles Moore’s experience running 20+ marathons between 2016- 2023, Apropos of Running is at once a celebration of his journey to becoming an ultramarathoner as it is a candid, deeply personal interrogation of how race and culture are intertwined.
The author explores the lack of diversity in marathoning from international races in major cities across Asia, Europe, and the United States, including his native Detroit. He shares with readers his intense path to completing over 20 marathons in a handful of years, including the prestigious Abbott World Marathon Majors-six marathons in Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, New York, and Tokyo.
As he digs into the behind-the-scenes training that went into each race, he takes us into a whole new dimension with his timely and unforgettable memoir of long-distance running. Moore is among the few to address the Venn diagram of Blackness and long-distance running. Apropos of Running is an essential testament to the persistence and power of Black marathon runners and how one man transformed his life and the sport of running by showing up time after time and competing at the highest level.
After competing in his first marathon at age 40, an award-motivated New York City transplant goes on to finish all six of the World Marathon Majors in this memoir. -Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Charles Moore is an art historian, writer, and curator based in New York and the author of The Black Market: A Guide to Art Collecting and The Brilliance of the Color Black Through the Eyes of Art Collectors. Moore received his master’s degree from Harvard University and currently is a third-year doctoral student at Columbia University Teachers College, researching the life and career of abstract painter Ed Clark.