Thank You!

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners

Meet Our Contributors

Elena Aitken lives in Alberta, Canada, where she spends her time hanging out with her seven-year-old twins, training for various athletic events and writing. She’s currently looking for a publisher for her first novel. She can be reached at [email protected] or www.inkblotcommunications.ca.

Michelle Barton lives and trains in Orange County, CA. She enjoys running ultramarathons every month and trail races with her dad and daughter. Michelle also enjoys mountain biking, swimming, coaching her daughter’s soccer team and choreographing her daughter’s talent show. She looks forward to running the Badwater 135-mile Ultramarathon and the 211-mile John Muir Trail.

Jill Barville lives, writes and runs in Spokane, WA, home to Bloomsday, one of the world’s largest road races. Her work has appeared in The Spokesman-Review, multiple magazines and she is writing her first novel. Contact her via e-mail at [email protected].

Tina Bausinger has published several poems, some short stories, and writes a humor column for the University of Texas at Tyler Patriot Talon. She is a wife and a mother of three. She is currently working towards her goal of becoming an English teacher, and has finished her first novel. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

R. Mike Bennett is the editorial content manager for the United Church of God. He and his wife have two wonderful daughters, and he shares his thoughts on his blog “Forward to the Kingdom” at http://ucgmikebennett.wordpress.com.

Melissa Blanco is a graduate of Gonzaga University. She lives in Washington with her husband and three children. Please visit her website at www.melissablanco.com.

Charles Boyle worked thirty-five years at NASA. He is the author of Shuttle Rising: Rendezvous with a Rumor, and two kids’ picture books titled Tailey Whaley and The Sandpiper’s Game. He is a scuba diver and sailor.

Julie Bradford Brand received her BS from Susquehanna University and went on to attend NYU toward her MBA. She worked in human resources before deciding to stay home with her children. Julie enjoys running, writing, and spending time with her family. She also loves being a part of her book club!

Michael Brennan’s first race, the Terry Fox half marathon in 1980, was his way of honouring his ailing mother and Terry Fox. It launched a career in running spanning 57 marathons, years of coaching thousands of runners, and now organizing races from 5K to marathon.

Tim Brewster is an outdoor enthusiast in Alberta, Canada. He loves skiing, cycling, hiking, and fishing with his two daughters and wife Cindy. Someday he hopes to turn the tales he made up for his kids into children’s books.

Christine A. Brooks is a writer, ocean activist, environmentalist, and surfer who believes in writing about the wonderful path that has led to meeting many wonderful people and learning their stories. She lives with her family and very opinionated dog, Harley. Christine is currently finishing her second book, A Voice to be Heard. Contact her at [email protected].

John P. Buentello is a writer who has published essays, fiction, and poetry. He is the co-author of the novel Reproduction Rights and the story collection Binary Tales. He is at work on a new novel and a picture book for children. He can be reached via e-mail at [email protected].

Melissa Butler is a self-proclaimed adventurer. She began journaling her life nearly twenty-five years ago and continues today. An avid long distance runner, Melissa enjoys running ultramarathons and looks forward to hiking to Mount Everest base camp. She is an artist, animal lover and lives a minimalistic lifestyle. E-mail her at [email protected].

Cristina Cherry is a resident of Central Illinois. She lives with her husband, two sons, two cats, and a bunny. Cristina enjoys reading, writing, running and hiking. She plans to continue writing inspirational fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. E-mail Cristina at [email protected].

Josh Cox is a writer, speaker, TV personality, and professional marathon runner. Josh, the 50K American Record Holder, is a four-time Olympic Trials Qualifier and three-time US National Team member. His book, Soul Runners, co-written with his training partner, Ryan Hall, is due out in 2011. For inquiries: [email protected], www.joshcox.com.

Luci L. Creery lives and teaches in Arizona where she is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in English and, more importantly, happily raising five children with her husband, Adam. In her spare time (which there is not much of), she runs to stay in shape, to escape, and to stay sane.

Bob Dickson lives with his wife and two daughters in Southern California. He’s written for the Los Angeles Daily News, Santa Clarita’s The Signal, the Los Angeles Times Newspaper Group, and has been published in several books and magazines. He also teaches writing at The Master’s College. Bob can be reached at [email protected].

On September 17, 2000, Tricia Downing was hit by a car while riding her bike. Although paralyzed from the chest down, she returned to sports and has completed over fifty triathlons. She is a motivational speaker and holds degrees in Journalism, Sports Management and Disability Studies. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Marie Duffoo is a full-time writer and animal activist. When she is not writing she spends her time rescuing sick, abandoned and injured animals.

Christina Dymock graduated from the University of Utah. She currently resides in a small town in Central Utah with her husband and four children. Among other things, she enjoys running, cross country skiing, wakeboarding, sewing, reading and baking. Watch for her children’s popcorn cookbook to be released in the spring of 2011.

Melissa Dymock graduated from Utah State with a degree in Journalism. She is a writer and editor and lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. When it’s too snowy to train for triathlons, she hits the ski slopes. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

James S. Fell, MBA, CSCS, is a husband, father, runner, weightlifter and fitness writer. In addition to writing for a variety of respected fitness magazines, he is the author of Body for Wife: The Family Guy’s Guide to Getting in Shape. Visit www.bodyforwife.com or e-mail him at [email protected].

Matt Fitzgerald is a senior editor of Triathlete Magazine and a senior online producer for RunNow.com. He has written numerous books for triathletes and runners, including RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel. He lives and runs in San Diego with his wife, Nataki.

Janine Fleury, a veteran of sixteen marathons, including Boston, was raised by her grandmother in the village of Novogrod in communist Poland. At fifteen, Janine fled to America, penniless and speaking no English. Forty years later, Janine returned to her homeland as a journalist for Running Times magazine and competed in the Warsaw Marathon.

Jennifer Freed teaches high school English and writing classes. She received an MFA in creative writing from Wilkes University in 2008. She lives in Lewistown, Pennsylvania with her three children.

Marian Tascio Friedrichs is a freelance writer from New York, where she earned her Master of Arts degree in Writing from Manhattanville College. Marian writes essays, articles, and reviews for several print and online publications. She loves Catholic churches, good coffeehouses, and the smell of old books. Contact her via e-mail at [email protected].

Jenny R. George lives on a five-acre hobby farm north of Coeur d’Alene, ID with her husband, two children and a menagerie of animals. This is Jenny’s second published story for Chicken Soup for the Soul. Her first story, “Dusting Off Memories”, appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom.

Elizabeth Kathryn Gerold-Miller is a write-at-home mother of four residing on Long Island. She writes a blog, “The Divine Gift of Motherhood” and trains her children to run cross country. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Courtney Gilman completed her Peace Corps service in April 2009. She resides in Norman, OK, and manages the non-profit organization, Touchstone Youth Project, in which disadvantaged youth cultivate life skills through the challenging sport of rock climbing. Courtney received her Masters of Social Work in 2006. Contact her at [email protected] or http://courtinthegambia.blogspot.com.

Shelby Gonzalez is a nature and science writer with over 100 articles to her credit. Formerly a rock climbing instructor, she runs, climbs, and travels often (four continents and counting!). She is working on her first novel and planning her wedding with her surfer fiancé. Her website is www.ShelbyGonzalez.com.

Karen Gray-Keeler appreciates that her family encourages her pipe dreams. She contributed to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Empty Nesters and dreams of completing her first book — but opportunities for new adventures keep beckoning her. Karen and her husband Tom live in the Chicago area and enjoy having their family nearby.

Lee Hammerschmidt is a graphic designer/writer/songwriter/troubadour/Zen master who lives on the fringe of Portland, OR. His work has appeared in multiple publications and websites.

Cindy Hanna is a mother of four who runs races and obstacle courses, is a novelist, freelance writer, and author of her own website, www.cindyhanna.com, where she interacts with her readers. She also publishes and edits her own e-zine, www.InspireME.me, which provides information for a healthy mind, body and soul.

Gil D. Hannon lives in Tinley Park, IL with his amazing wife and three beautiful children. He works as a financial advisor. Gil enjoys triathlon competition along with skiing, sailing, hiking, and outdoor adventures that bring him closer to nature. Feel free to e-mail him at [email protected].

Dena Harris started running with geezers in December 2006. She has since qualified for and run Boston. An award-winning humor writer, Dena lives in North Carolina with her husband and two cats, all of whom glaze over when she talks — frequently — about running. Visit Dena online at www.denaharris.com.

Lori Hein is the author of Ribbons of Highway: A Mother-Child Journey Across America. Her freelance work has appeared in the Boston Globe and several Chicken Soup for the Soul titles. Visit her at www.LoriHein.com or her world travel blog, www.RibbonsofHighway.blogspot.com.

Molly Hensien received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Dayton in 2010. She hopes to be training dolphins or working in the Peace Corps by the time this paragraph is read. Molly hopes to eventually attend veterinary school.

Beth Braccio Hering graduated from Northwestern University in 1990 with honors in Sociology. After years of working on Encyclopædia Britannica products, she now freelances from her Chicago home. Beth’s favorite subjects to write about include parenting, education, celebrities, ice skating, and the Chicago Cubs. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Ginger Herring majored in Creative Writing at Eckerd College. Her poem, “Dad’s Backyard,” was selected for publication on the Online International Poetry Competition website for VoicesNet. Ginger continues to enjoy running marathons, and has completed twenty-two marathons, including seven at Boston. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Claire Howlett is an eighth grade student in Connecticut. She enjoys running, reading, and playing the piano. Claire would like to thank her siblings and parents for constantly supporting her.

Jeff Hoyt received a BFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2004. He performs stand-up with a local comedy troupe and one day hopes to run with every Hash House Harrier kennel in the world. You can e-mail him at [email protected].

Humorist and author Roberta Beach Jacobson’s credits include Chicken Soup for the Beach Lover’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Dieter’s Soul. She makes her home on a far-flung Greek island. Learn more by visiting her website: www.RobertaBeachJacobson.com.

Jennifer Lee Johnson is a writer and editor based in Baltimore, MD. She is currently working on her first novel. You can read more of her work at www.jen-johnson.com.

Rachel Jones is a freelance writer and international development worker. She lives in Djibouti with her family. She has been a contributing writer to Running Times magazine. Rachel has run on four continents and writes about running and daily life in Africa. E-mail her at [email protected].

Ron Kaiser, Jr. lives and teaches English in New Hampshire, and has somehow managed to trick an almost disturbingly beautiful woman to marry him. He is quite satisfied with himself because of this. His other passion is writing fiction, and he is currently seeking representation for a collection of short stories and a novel. Contact him via e-mail at [email protected].

Fallon Kane is sixteen years old and has wanted to be a writer since she was five. She loves reading, acting, fitness, and, of course, writing! Fallon lives with her mother and twin brother, who are pretty much the best mother and brother anybody could ask for.

Christina Kapp is a writer living in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters. She looks forward to her second and third triathlons in 2010 and is working on her first novel. She blogs at http://booksandcrayons.wordpress.com.

Machille Legoullon is a children’s book author, wife, and proud mother of four boys. She is currently working on her first middle grade novel and has completed a picture book manuscript she is hoping to publish soon. Machille is extremely involved with her sons’ school and the family business. E-mail her at [email protected].

Erin Liddell is a pseudonym for a writer living and ministering in south-central Pennsylvania.

Nancy Liedel is an amateur triathlete, mom of four special needs boys, writer and home educator. She also owns her own cosmetics company. Nancy loves to run, bike and deals with the swim section of a Tri. Winning, to Nancy, is just getting through the race.

Bobbie Jensen Lippman is a writer who lives with her husband Burt, their dog Charley and a shelter cat named “Lap Sitter.” Bobbie’s work has been published nationally and internationally. She writes a human interest column called “Bobbie’s Beat” for the Newport (Oregon) News-Times. She is also a motivational speaker. She can be contacted at [email protected]. For the past eleven years, Rita Lussier’s column entitled “For the Moment” has been a popular weekly feature in The Providence Journal. She lives with her husband, two children and their black Lab in Jamestown, RI. She can be reached via e-mail at [email protected].

Dr. Tim Maggs has been a sports medicine chiropractor for thirty-one years and a sports medicine columnist for running magazines throughout the country. He is the developer of The Structural Management® Program, a sports biomechanics program. Dr. Maggs lives in upstate New York with his wife and four sons. E-mail him at [email protected].

Scott Maloney received his BS from Becker College in 2005. This is his second entry in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He enjoys traveling the country as a motivational speaker addressing audiences of all ages. Contact Scott via e-mail at [email protected] or visit www.scottmaloney.com.

Dana Martin is a writer living in Bakersfield, California, with her husband of twenty-one years and their three children. Dana has a bachelor’s degree in English and is the president of Writers of Kern (a branch of the California Writers Club). She enjoys camping, movies, and watching her son play professional baseball. E-mail her at [email protected]

Carolyn Magner Mason is a freelance writer living in Tuscaloosa, AL. She teaches writing at The University of Alabama and writes for fitness, travel, regional and trucking publications. She enjoys running and traveling with her husband and two daughters. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Chuck Matsoff is a freelance writer and is currently working on a number of book projects. He is married to Angie and they have three sons, Austin, T and Blaze. Chuck enjoys running, cycling and riding his Harley as often as possible. Please e-mail him at [email protected].

Bonnie Schey McClurg received her Bachelor of Arts from Moody Bible Institute in 2001. She enjoys speaking and teaching on the Christian life and is a member of Writer’s Bloc in Granbury, TX. She has six grandchildren and continues to swim, bike and run. E-mail her at [email protected].

Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. She is running every day and still likes to think of “Dita” when she needs an extra push. Read more of her writing at www.alsmercer.wordpress.com.

Carrie Monroe lives and writes in Minneapolis, MN. She works at a theater and has had stories published in children’s magazines. She enjoys writing, biking, swimming and running. Check out her blog at www.kiwislife.blogspot.com.

Amy Moritz is a sportswriter and triathlete in Buffalo, NY. A graduate of St. Bonaventure University and the University at Buffalo, she writes about her continued exploration of endurance sports competition on her website www.amymoritz.wordpress.com.

Marianne Mousigian earned her Bachelor of Science with High Distinction from the University of Michigan in 2009. She enjoys running marathons, cycling, swimming, and yoga. Marianne plans to integrate her passion for health and fitness with her kinesiology academic background to pursue a career in sports medicine. E-mail her at [email protected].

Ben Mueller is an avid runner and triathlete who has competed in over 350 races from the 2-mile to the marathon distance. He currently teaches mathematics at Hinckley-Big Rock High School and Waubonsee Community College. He grew up in Sheboygan, WI and attended UW-Whitewater.

Sherrie Page Najarian is a freelance writer who lives in Richmond, VA. She also edits an essay column for the Yale School of Nursing alumni magazine, Yale Nursing Matters. She is a YSN graduate, class of 1994.

Lindsay Nielsen is a psychotherapist and motivational speaker in Minneapolis, MN. She has been published in Good Housekeeping and A Cup of Comfort for the Grieving Heart. She is currently seeking a publisher for her memoir, One Foot in Front of the Other. Please contact her through her website www.lindsaynielsen.com.

Carla O’Brien has not attempted the sport of running. Her days are spent chasing a crawling baby and a toddler with sticky hands. She enjoys meeting new people and working as a hotel guest service agent. You will still find her, with the girls, cheering Dad on from the sidelines.

P.R. O’Leary spends his time writing and film-making in an effort to get out of his corporate cubicle job. In between these spurts of creativity he enjoys running, playing geeky board games, and collecting strange items. He lives in a geodesic dome in New Jersey. Learn more at his website www.proleary.com.

J.M. Penfold lives in Portland, OR. Please e-mail him at [email protected].

Roy Pirrung is a world and American ultramarathon champion and record holder. Formerly a two-pack-a-day smoker and binge drinker, he was transformed through discovering his love of running. He wrote a weekly newspaper column and is currently a public speaker and writing his autobiography. Please e-mail him at [email protected].

Connie K. Pombo is a freelance writer and inspirational speaker. She has published magazine articles and contributed to numerous anthologies, including Chicken Soup for the Soul and A Cup of Comfort books. She is the author of Moms of Sons Devotions to Go and Trading Ashes for Roses. Learn more at www.conniepombo.com. When she isn’t writing or editing, Carol McAdoo Rehme runs errands, runs after grandkids, runs the household — and might even run for office. Anything is possible! Coauthor of five gift books, she has compiled several others, most recently Chicken Soup for the Soul: Empty Nesters. Visit her at: www.rehme.com.

Lisa Levin Reichmann received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1999. A former attorney, she is now raising her three children full-time in the Washington, DC Metro area. She is a certified running coach through the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and a competitive marathon runner and triathlete.

Mark Remy lives, writes, and runs in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, where he is executive editor of RunnersWorld.com. He is the author of The Runner’s Rule Book: Everything a Runner Needs to Know — And Then Some (Rodale, 2009) and the upcoming The Runner’s Field Manual — A Practical Guide to Practically Everything (Rodale, 2010). Mark has run 18 marathons, with a personal best time of 2:46.

Scott Rigsby is the author of UnThinkable: The True Story About the First Double-Amputee to Complete the World-Famous Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon (Tyndale, 2008). He is also a sought-after public speaker who travels the country sharing his message about doing “the unthinkable.” Visit him at www.scottrigsby.com. He thanks author Jenna Glatzer (www.jennaglatzer.com) for helping him share his story.

Tammy Ruggles lives in Kentucky and has written poetry, articles, short stories, and screenplays. Her first book, Peace, was published in 2005, and she has recently turned her attention to filmmaking.

Mike Sackett is a former marathon runner, retired writing teacher and the author of four novels, two children’s books and many short stories, both fiction and non-fiction. His published works include “A Letter to My Sister” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cancer Book. Contact Mike via e-mail at [email protected].

Chris Salstrom is a professional accountant and is currently working on her Master of Divinity. She has been a writer since childhood and has contributed to self-help publications and hopes to publish works of fiction in the future. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Will Sanchez, a lifelong New Yorker, received his Masters in Mathematics from the Courant Institute and is a dedicated Chi Runner, having raised over $10,000 for charity through running and walking. He is a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Community Board #8, Manhattan. Contact him at [email protected].

Kathryn Schneeman has been a runner since age eleven, and is a former teacher and fashion model. She was a coordinator for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in the Office for Marriage, Family and Life. She and husband, Eric, now have nine children — all athletes. The baby twins love the running stroller! E-mail her at [email protected].

Diane Shaw served eleven years as Executive Secretary to a Colorado Springs pastor; she now spends her time writing. Diane has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul books and her church publication. Active in the writers’ guild, Words for the Journey, you can visit her blog at http://needmorewordscs.blogspot.com.

Kathleen Shoop lives in Oakmont where she is a writer, mother, wife, and educator. Kathleen is lucky enough to manage those roles in some capacity each day. She has articles and essays published in local magazines and papers on a regular basis. Please send any correspondence to [email protected].

A believer in the power of adventure and wildness, Eli Shostak has crafted a life based on facilitating educational experiences in far-flung places. He lives in Mancos, CO, perched between the mountains and the deserts, where he has abundant opportunities to find inspiration running and writing. E-mail him at [email protected].

Allen Smith is an award-winning freelance writer living in Vail, CO. He writes about health, fitness and outdoor sports. Smith has a master’s degree in exercise physiology and exercise specialist certification with the American College of Sports Medicine at San Diego State University.

Lisa Smith-Batchen’s athletic achievements have appeared on the covers of The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and Winning Magazine. She has appeared in Runner’s World, Sports Illustrated for Women, ESPN The Magazine, Outside magazine, UltraRunning, Trail Runner, Running Times and numerous other national and international publications. Lisa has raised over 4.5 million dollars for orphans.

Amanda Southall is a freelance writer and graduate of Virginia Tech. She currently lives in Richmond, VA where she enjoys writing, running, hiking, and biking around town.

Mark Spangler is a former radio broadcaster who teaches students at Mankato West High School as a paraprofessional. His work has been published in Lyrical Iowa, Esquire, and other publications. He lives with his wife, son and dogs in Minnesota and is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Diane Stark is a former teacher turned freelance writer. She is the author of Teachers’ Devotions to Go. She writes about the important things in life: her family and her faith. She lives in southern Indiana with her husband Eric and their five children.

Erika Tremper lives in Hillsborough, NJ, with her husband Chris and two twin daughters. She enjoys running, swimming, and reading. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Sharon Van Zandt teaches fourth grade and loves reading and writing. She is currently working on her second middle grade novel. She is still jogging.

Katie Visco founded Pave Your Lane, a campaign designed to empower people to follow their passions. Promoting this message, in 2009, Katie ran solo across America, and became the second youngest and thirteenth woman to do so. Contact Katie at www.paveyourlane.com to learn about her future endeavors!

Bettie Wailes worked as a software engineer for nearly twenty-five years, until she started her own tutoring company. She has been running since 1978, and has completed numerous road races, including sixty-seven marathons. She is currently working on a memoir about her running experiences from the perspective of an older, slower runner.

Samantha Ducloux Waltz, an award-winning freelance writer in Portland, OR, currently has more than forty essays in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, A Cup of Comfort series, and numerous other anthologies. She has also written fiction and nonfiction under the name Samellyn Wood. Learn more at www.pathsofthought.com.

Bonnie West is a Saint Paul, MN writer and yoga teacher who has published essays in Woman’s Day, Redbook and Ladies’ Home Journal. She has also been published in Chicken Soup for the Shopper’s Soul and has a story about her dog Beasley in The Ultimate Dog Lover book. She has just completed a novel. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Marjorie Woodall lives in Nevada City, CA, where she works as a book editor and proofreader. You can reach her via e-mail at [email protected].

Greg Woodburn is a twenty-year-old sophomore and Trustee Scholar at the University of Southern California where he runs on the track and cross country teams. Greg’s nonprofit organization Share Our Soles (www.ShareOurSoles.org) collects, cleans, and then distributes new and used running and athletic shoes to disadvantaged youth. Contact him at [email protected].

Meet Our Authors

Jack Canfield is the co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul and is also the co-author of many other bestselling books.

Jack is the CEO of the Canfield Training Group and founder of the Foundation for Self-Esteem. He has conducted intensive personal and professional development seminars on the principles of success for more than a million people in twenty-three countries, has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people, and has been seen by millions more on national television shows.

Jack has received many awards and honors, including three honorary doctorates and a Guinness World Records Certificate for having seven books from the Chicken Soup for the Soul series appearing on the New York Times bestseller list on May 24, 1998.

You can reach Jack at www.jackcanfield.com.

Mark Victor Hansen is the co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and a prolific writer with many bestselling books in addition to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Mark has had a profound influence in the field of human potential through his library of audios, videos, and articles in the areas of big thinking, sales achievement, wealth building, publishing success, and personal and professional development. He is also the founder of the MEGA Seminar Series.

Mark has received numerous awards that honor his entrepreneurial spirit, philanthropic heart, and business acumen. He is a lifetime member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.

You can reach Mark at www.markvictorhansen.com.

Amy Newmark is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Chicken Soup for the Soul, after a thirty-year career as a writer, speaker, financial analyst, and business executive in the worlds of finance and telecommunications. Amy is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, where she majored in Portuguese, minored in French, and traveled extensively. She and her husband have four grown children, two of whom compete in the occasional triathlon.

After a long career writing books, financial reports, business plans, and corporate press releases, Chicken Soup for the Soul is a breath of fresh air for Amy. She has fallen in love with Chicken Soup for the Soul and its life-changing books, and really enjoys putting these books together for Chicken Soup’s readers. She has co-authored more than two dozen Chicken Soup for the Soul books and has edited another two dozen.

You can reach Amy at [email protected].

TIME magazine named Dean Karnazes one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World,” because he’s expanded the limits of human endurance and, along the way, inspired others to be the best that they can be. His extraordinary endurance is legendary. Wired called him “The perfect human,” and Men’s Fitness says he “might just be the fittest man on the planet.” For example, he’s run 135 miles nonstop across Death Valley in 120-degree temperatures, and he’s run a marathon to the South Pole in negative 40 degrees. He once ran 350 miles without rest.

Topping those feats, in 2006, he ran 50 marathons, in all 50 US states, in 50 consecutive days, finishing with the NY City Marathon, which he completed in three hours flat. In his free time, Dean is the New York Times bestselling author of Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner and 50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days — and How You Too Can Achieve Super Endurance!, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and a devoted husband and father of two.

According to The New York Times, “Running with Karnazes is like setting up one’s easel next to Monet or Picasso.” Outside called him “America’s greatest runner.” The Philadelphia Inquirer said of Dean, “He has not only pushed the envelope but blasted it to bits.”

For more inspiration, visit Dean’s website ultramarathonman.com.

Thank You!

“Dean dismisses boundaries. He makes everything seem possible,” according to The Washington Post. It has been an honor to work with Dean Karnazes on this book, our very first volume ever for runners and triathletes. This superhuman man, who runs more miles in a week than most people run in their lives, is a regular hardworking guy — a husband, father, businessman, philanthropist, author and speaker, who also performs unbelievable feats of human endurance, inspiring hundreds of thousands of new runners along the way.

Dean collected stories from many of his friends, who are also pretty superhuman, and these are scattered throughout the book along with the stories from our regular high-performing contributors. We owe huge thanks to all of our contributors, not just the ones whose stories grace these pages. We can only publish a small percentage of the stories that are submitted, but we read every single one and even the ones that do not appear in the book have an influence on our thinking and on the final manuscript.

I want to thank Chicken Soup for the Soul editor Kristiana Glavin for reading the thousands of stories and poems that were submitted for this book. She helped us narrow down an incredibly high quality group of submissions. You runners are fit and smart, and you sure know how to write! I also want to thank D’ette Corona, our assistant publisher, who worked with all our contributors, and our editor and webmaster Barbara LoMonaco, for her expert proofreading assistance.

We owe a very special thanks to our creative director and book producer, Brian Taylor at Pneuma Books, for his brilliant vision for the high-impact cover and interior of this book. Finally, none of this would be possible without the business and creative leadership of our CEO, Bill Rouhana, and our president, Bob Jacobs.

~Amy Newmark
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

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