No Finish Line: My Life as I See It

Version: Abridged
Author: Sally Jenkins , Marla Runyan
Narrator: Emily Schirner
Genres: Sports & Recreation, Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: October 2001
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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Overview

"Blind? I think there's no doubt that Marla Runyan can see things much clearer than most of us with 20/20 vision." - Lance Armstrong Marla Runyan was nine years old when she was diagnosed with Stargardt's disease, an irreversible form of macular degeneration. With the uneasy but unwavering support of her parents, she refused to let her diagnosis limit her dreams. Despite her severely impaired, ever-worsening vision, Marla rode horseback and learned to play the violin. And she found her true calling in sports. A gifted and natural athlete, Marla began to compete in the unlikeliest event of all: the heptathlon, the grueling women's equivalent of the decathlon, consisting of seven events: the 200-meter dash, high jump, shot put, 100-meter hurdles, long jump, javelin throw, and 800-meter run. In 1996, she astonished the sports world by qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials and, along the way, set the American record for heptathlon 800. It was then that she decided to concentrate on her running. Four years of intense effort paid off. In 2000, she qualified for the U.S. Olympic team by finishing third in the 1,500 meters. In Sydney, she placed eighth in the finals, the top American finisher - the highest women's placing for the United States in the event's history. With self-deprecation and surprising wit, Marla reveals what it's like to see the world through her eyes, how it feels to grow up "disabled" in a society where expectations are often based on perceived abilities, and what it means to compete at the world-class level despite the fact that - quite literally, for her - there is no finish line.

Reviews (2)

No Finish Line

Written by Anonymous from Harvard, MA on January 27th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

While the story is inspiring, the narration is somewhat boring, and Marla Runyan comes across as very self-focussed.

No Finish Line

Written by T.R. on January 26th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is a wonderful story of courage and determination. Marla Runyan's never give up attitude is an inspiration. It's a 5 star story but I gave it a 4 because I thought the narration was on the dull side. I would compare this to the Lance Armstrong story, It's Not About The Bike. If you like one you will like the other.

Author Details

Author Details

Jenkins, Sally

Sally Jenkins is a columnist for the Washington Post. In 2002 she won the Associated Press Columnist of the Year Award. She has co-written many bestselling sports books, including "It's Not About the Bike" and "Reach For the Summit" with Pat Summitt.

Runyan, Marla

Marla Runyan became an Olympic athlete despite a progressive eye disease that has made her legally blind, and received international recognition during the competitions in Sydney.