The Long Run by Matt Long & Charles Butler

The Long Run

By Matt Long & Charles Butler

  • Release Date: 2010-10-12
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors
Score: 4.5
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A New York City firefighter’s emotional and inspiring memoir of learning to run again after a debilitating accident

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 20-ton bus making an illegal turn. The injuries he sustained pushed him within inches of his life. Miraculously, more than 40 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 18 months before the accident, he had competed in more than 20 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.


  • Inspirational

    By GarrettJeffrey
    Fantastic story! Matt's life will inspire yours.
  • Amazing!

    By Clairesmamacita
    This man's life and the way he dealt with his tragedy, along with the pain, humiliation and disappointment, is truly amazing. He has inspired me to go for my dreams. It's never too late!
  • Simply Beautiful

    By NourEngage
    Straightforward inspiration,drained with laughs and endearing courage.Simply beautiful.
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  • You don't need to be a runner...

    By shiraflowersnewman love this book. The Long Run is one of the most stunning testimonies of the strength of the human spirit that I have ever encountered. Matt is so witty, so funny, and so wise in this memoir. I could not put it down. I am training for a marathon right now. My second. Since reading Matt's book, my motivation has skyrocketed. Thank you, Matt Long, for helping me to see every step as a blessing, every mile as great gift from God.
  • Unbelievable

    By Johhny M
    This is possibly one of the best books I have ever read. It is inspiring, courageous and one man's testament of the human spirit and it's ability to overcome adversity. From the horrors of having been at ground zero to his heroic efforts to rebuild his life in the wake of his tragic accident, no one can deny that Matt Long inspires us to become better human beings, companions, friends and countrymen. As a fellow runner and cyclist, I cannot imagine having to endure the events that Matt did. This is a must read for everyone whether you are an athlete or not.
  • Pure Inspiration

    By dctalk007
    If you need any inspiration to go run, this boom will do it. It is amazing story that is well worth reading a second time.
  • What a story!!!!

    By Cpostrom
    I am a police officer that was injured in a work related motor vehicle crash in August 2010. The extent of my injuries are nowhere close to what Matt's are. Thanks to this book though, I will keep my chin up each day in hopes that I will someday run again. Thank you Matt for sharing your story and being an inspiration!!!! P.S. My allergies acted up a couple of times while reading this book!!!!
  • Awesome

    By A. Sherman
    Great read. Matt Long is the real deal, be prepared to be inspired and impressed. -Ironmama