Million Dollar Marathon

Phil’s new novella has a little bit of something for everyone. Originally available for kindle, the book is now out in paperback.


Dr. Phil Maffetone is best known for his writings about health and fitness, but his new fiction novella Million Dollar Marathon is a delightful departure from his usual work.

Part adventure story, part geo-political statement, part detective story, part romance, and part sports triumph, the short book has a little bit of something for everyone in a form that should be appealing to those who don’t have time to read a full-length novel.

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Xi, a political refugee from Tibet, literally runs away from home, crossing a high mountain pass carrying with him the secret and sacred Tara tea and bulbs, to his freedom in Nepal, and eventually to India, where he suddenly finds himself immersed in the world of professional running and picks up a manager along the way. He meets Liu, a romantic interest and also an elite runner, and sets out to run a sub-two-hour marathon in the United States.

You’ll have to read the novella yourself to find out what happens.

I nearly laughed out loud at Xi’s aversion to riding in an air-conditioned bus, instead preferring to run to the starting line of the race in order to avoid “unnatural air.” Of course, it’s Phil who is doing the writing here and as one might expect the book is full of casual and sometimes veiled references to his philosophies on health, fitness and lifestyle. Beyond the notion of a 1:59 marathon, which is the subject of his non-fiction book “1:59,” Xi also runs barefoot, and there are references to nutrition, stress and other topics familiar to Phil’s followers.

This cleverly constructed novella is light and fun, and contains just enough stress to make you stronger and more fit. I highly recommend.

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  • Malcolm Ross-Watt says:

    What a cool book. Read it about two weeks ago. Fantastic real characters and anyone with a little love for the noble runner will love it.

    Good stuff Phil

  • Martie Boesenberg says:

    Phil, I have run for more than 40 years now. I have run several (13) Comrades marathons and have 8 medals. This year I didn’t enter for the Comrades. Next year I want to go back and get my medal. For all these years I was just training on my own. I need your advise – which one or morre of your books and programmes will you suggest for me please? Kind regards, Martie Boesenberg

  • Martie Boesenberg says:

    Phil, I have run for more than 40 years now. I have run several (13) Comrades marathons and have 8 medals. This year I didn’t enter for the Comrades. Next year I want to go back and get my medal. For all these years I was just training on my own. I need your advise – which one or morre of your books and programmes will you suggest for me please? Kind regards, Martie Boesenberg

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