James H Riehl

Chasing Down A Dream

The running boom of the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Practically overnight, an entire sub-culture was born.

The names of the swiftest were on everyone’s lips… Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers, Alberto Salazar and Dick Beardsley. Champions all.

But what about the runner a few steps behind them, sharing the vision but not necessarily the talent?

What becomes of him when his aspirations collide with reality? When his limitations cloud his dreams? Or when injuries and life’s demands curb his ability to achieve?

That’s what this story is all about.

In this highly entertaining and inspirational coming-of-age memoir, a sportsaholic and frustrated jock who fails to win a varsity letter in prep school turns to marathoning. What ensues is a colorful range of diverse adventures as, despite some setbacks, he leverages his sense of humor, hard work, the support of others and just a bit of luck as he chases down his dream.


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