John Hanc is the author of ten books, including two award-winning memoirs, The Coolest Race on Earth (Chicago Review Press, 2009) about his experience running the Antarctica Marathon and Not Dead Yet (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press) written with bike racer Phil Southerland, founder of Team Type 1.
A long-time contributor to Newsday in New York, and a contributing editor to Runner’s World magazine, John Hanc’s work also appears in The New York Times, Family Circle, Smithsonian and Yoga Journal.
Previous books include Jones Beach: An Illustrated History (Globe Pequot Press, 2007) with a cover blurb from Donald Trump, who called it a book that “any New Yorker would be proud to have in their collection”; Racing For Recovery: From Addict to Ironman co-authored with Todd Crandell (Breakaway Books, 2006), Running for Dummies (co-authored with the late Florence Griffith Joyner, IDG Books, 1999) and the best-selling running primer, The Essential Runner, (Lyons & Burford, 1994).
Hanc has lectured extensively on his books about Jones Beach-the iconic Long Island, New York oceanfront park-and his experience in the Antarctica Marathon. He has appeared in both large chain and independent bookstores, where his talks have drawn up to 100 people. He has also been interviewed on NPR and ABC radio networks.
Hanc is an associate professor at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, where he teaches classes in journalism, writing and communications.
A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, he received his master’s degree at the journalism school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.