Ed Ayres

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Ed Ayres (born circa 1941[1]) is an American writer, editor, environmentalist and ultramarathon runner. He is the founding editor and publisher of Running Times magazine[2][3] and former editor of Worldwatch,[4] a bimonthly global-trends magazine. David M. Shribman states that Ayres has "inspired athletes worldwide and reshaped our ideas about endurance and sustainability.[5]

Ayres grew up in the New Jersey towns of Berkeley Heights and Westfield [1]

He placed third in the first New York Marathon in 1970, and won the 1977 JFK 50 Mile.[6]

In 1999, Ayres wrote God's Last Offer: Negotiating for a Sustainable Future in which he discusses four trends which he says threaten society: global warming caused by carbon dioxide, mass extinctions, a surge of consumption, and a population explosion.[4] Publishers Weekly stated that "Ayres dismantles the perceptual obstructions that block our awareness of a crisis" but that he "comes up short in offering specific solutions"[4] while Goodreads said that the book "presents a blueprint for a radical shift of policies and priorities to avoid a cataclysm".[7]

In 2010, he was co-author of Crossing the Energy Divide: Moving from Fossil-Fuel Dependence to a Clean Energy Future (Prentice Hall).

Goodreads called his book The Longest Race (2012) , an autobiography covering his attempt to run a 50 mile ultramarathon at age 60, an "urgent exploration of the connection between individual endurance and a sustainable society."[8] Kirkus said that his " broad-ranging interests and accumulated wisdom will appeal to a wide readership, not just runners and environmentalists".[3]

Ayres is a paleo- vegetarian[9] Ayres and his wife, Sharon, have a daughter.[1]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • God's Last Offer: Negotiating for a Sustainable Future. New York: Four Walls Eight Windows. 2000. ISBN 978-1-56858-174-3. 
  • The Longest Race: A Lifelong Runner, an Iconic Ultramarathon, and the Case for Human Endurance. New York: The Experiment. 2012. ISBN 978-1-61519-063-8. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ed Ayres. "About Ed". Ed Ayres. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Running Times", January 1977
  3. ^ a b "THE LONGEST RACE by Ed Ayres". Kirkus. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Nonfiction Book Review: God's Last Offer: Negotiating for a Sustainable Future by Ed Ayres". Publishers Weekly. 1999-03-29. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  5. ^ David M. Shribman (Nov 11, 2012). "Jewish Jocks Ask Questions; Football in a Sugar Town". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Phyllis Fong (c. 2012). "Ultramarathon Running Tips by Ed Ayres". Men's Journal. p. 1. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "God's Last Offer: Negotiating for a Sustainable Future by Ed Ayres". Goodreads. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "The Longest Race: A Lifelong Runner, an Iconic Ultramarathon, and the Case for Human Endurance by Ed Ayres". Goodreads. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Rethink Food and Fitness – and the Meaning of Patience: Ed Ayres' Tips on Running Ultramarathons - MensJournal.com". Men's Journal. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 

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