Monday, August 1, 2011

Endurance Planet Book

The story of Mr. Parry's Endurance Challenge has been published in a new book, now available in both e-version and paperback. Endurance Planet's Big Book of Bravado "Tales of Extreme Endurance" can be ordered through

Check it out if you are looking for some inspiring stories about running and other endurance events.  The chapter I wrote - Sharing the Passion for Running - begins on page 91 and tells about my motivation for doing Mr. Parry's Endurance Challenge.

From the Endurance Planet site:

Are You Ready To Be Inspired?

Get ready for amazing tales of extreme endurance from athletes around the globe. These aren’t pros or elites – these are people just like you who have decided to step outside their comfort zone and attempt to achieve the extraordinary. You’ll get to read stories that include:

-An amateur athlete’s emotional journey through his first 50 mile race

-An amazing weight loss journey that resulted in crossing the Ironman finish line with just 34 seconds to spare

-A heart that begins to fail during the heat of competition in an ultra-endurance event

-The 7 million steps of a Pacific Crest Trail adventure

-An HIV+ triathlete who defies the odds and keeps on competing

-The story of an epic 155 mile bicycle climb

-An office manager who runs the Inca Trail to Macchu Pichu

-And much more!

Brought to you by, the web’s top source of endurance sports fanaticism, this book is guaranteed to thrill, amaze, entertain and inspire.

Pacing 2:05 at River City Rambler 1/2 Marathon, Red Wing, MN

I had the opportunity to pace the 2:05 group at the River City Rambler 1/2 Marathon in Red Wing, MN on July 30th.  It was quite warm and very, very humid for the race.  I didn't see the final numbers, but race organizers were confident that they would end up with about 1000 people running their races that morning.  I love being able to help others achieve their running goals!

I got to the race about an hour early, checked in, and got my MN PACERS shirt and 2:05/9:33 per mile sign, visited with the other pacers, and met some of the runners I would be running with.  It was nice to run with Laura, whose husband is also a pacer.  Laura and I worked several years together at Summer of Service.

The last time I ran this race, I placed 1st or 2nd with a 1:10, but that was long ago.  Our pace was easy and relaxed, but the heat and humidity got the better of some.  I had a great time visiting with those around me the entire way, many of them running in their first 1/2 marathon.  I am proud of all of them!

Here is a picture, from near the finish in Bay Point Park.
I ran this race in the Brooks Launch.