This is a very good New York Times article about one of the greatest American distance
runners, Alberto Salazar. Excerpt: He’s made running history, conquered personal demons and cheated death more than once. What trial remains for Alberto Salazar? Creating an athlete in his own image.
One of Salazar's greatest races became known as the Duel in the Sun, Alberto Salazar and Dick Beardsley in the 86th Boston Marathon (1982), that had one of the most exciting finishes in the history of modern racing. Give a listen to this Phedippidations podcast which chronicles the event.