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New Book about the Comrades Marathon, KOPTOE: Transcending Boundaries by Ellen Palestrant
Writer/Artist, Ellen Palestrant's latest book, KOPTOE, is about two runners and one of the most grueling running marathons in the world - the 56 mile Comrades Marathon, its historical-political backdrop & the running-creativity connection.
The first race took place in 1921 with only thirty-four participants. Vic Clapham's dream was eventually realized: today, 2016, it is a major annual, international event with thousands of participants from all over the world.
Ellen Palestrant, who writes extensively about creativity, is fascinated by people who transcend boundaries and the tremendous focus and sense of purpose required to do so. Her story, KOPTOE, takes place in 1983 when there was still apartheid in South Africa. Simon, a black man, and Nick, a white man, are friends, united by their passion for running and their commitment to reaching their goals - transcending boundaries, both political and physical.
Ellen Palestrant explores in her book, KOPTOE, the characterisitcs of those who transcend boundaries - not only runners but writers and creators as well. "In fact," she says, "there are parallels between running marathons and the intense endeavors in many professional disciplines and life itself. Life is after all, an ultramegamarathon."
KOPTOE, Transcending Boundaries: The Comrades Marathon is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle. Very well-reviewed, it gives much food for thought. https://www.amazon.com/