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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners

101 Inspirational Stories of Energy, Endurance, and Endorphins

You’ll be motivated by these 101 inspirational running stories from a wide collection of authors, from elite Olympians to casual joggers, including co-author Dean Karnazes. Dean says Chicken Soup for the Soul helped him reinvigorate his passion for running... and life!

Read ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes’s inspiring story about leaving the business world to follow his dream and becoming one of the most famous runners in the world. And then read about his best race ever... with his 10-year-old daughter. You’ll also read stories from runners at every level, from beginners to stars, about starting out, staying motivated, running with family and friends, even running in exotic locations. Get energized by runners training for 5Ks and runners training for 100-milers, including:

  • Runners World’s Mark Remy on the camaraderie of running
  • U.S. National Team marathoner Josh Cox on running 30 miles without water and the miracle that saved him
  • Triathlete Magazine’s Matt Fitzgerald on persevering during the Boston Marathon in honor of his father
  • Amputee Lindsay Nielsen on running the New York marathon two months after 9/11
  • Ultramarathon champion Roy Pirrung on how running saved him from smoking, drinking, and overeating
  • Scott Maloney, who was declared brain dead after a fall, but ran the Boston Marathon two years later
  • And a whole chapter on triathlons!

Photograph by Derek Smith

Jack Canfield is co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, which includes forty New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a leader in the field of personal transformation and peak performance and is currently CEO of the Canfield Training Group and Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Self-Esteem. An internationally renowned corporate trainer and keynote speaker, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.

 Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Photograph by Susan Morrow