After the success of the award-winning Running with the Kenyans, author Adharanand Finn has made his next foray into the literary world with The Way of the The Runner. Finn’s new text covers his six month sojourn to Japan, where he studied the country’s complex running culture and approach to training.
Internationally recognised, Running with the Kenyans saw Finn travel to Iten, Kenya, to investigate why the region had produced so many successful long-distance athletes. The publicity of the text was such that Finn successfully crowd funded a project to allow Japhet Koech, a prominent character in Running with the Kenyans, to travel to the Edinburgh Marathon for the last two years. Koech took second place at the event in 2014.
As with his Kenyan memoir, Finn’s research brings him to the area he wished to investigate, this time immersing himself in Japanese running culture. Finn’s work uncovers a thriving and lucrative running league and that one of the key events in the country’s sporting calendar is an intensely fought marathon race, an ‘ediken.’
A description from the text reads: “From the marathon monks who run a thousand marathons in a thousand days in search of spiritual enlightenment, to the car and electronics companies who see their ekiden teams as a badge of corporate honour, Finn takes us on a tour of this complex, contradictory and unique running culture.”
'The Way of the Runner: A journey into Japan's fabled running culture', is due to be released in April.