Running to Leadville


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Running to Leadville is my first novel, a fictional tale although a story that was inspired and motivated by some events from my life.  “It might be fiction, but there is a lot of me in this book.”

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For more information on the Leadville Trail 100 Mile race, click here.

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Running to Leadville

Running to Leadville is a story about life.

 “Then one day, the other neighbor kids were no longer allowed to play with him. Brian noticed that the older kids and the other parents talked under their breath and pointed his way. Then the “D” word became part of the conversations. His mother explained to him what divorce meant. He really only understood that he would be living in a new home, in another neighborhood, and without his father. “

“Within the course of that first summer, Brian went from being the kid everyone wanted to play with, the kid with the cool friends, to the child no one knew. “

Running to Leadville is a story about love.

“His life had been one of unmatched school boy crushes and rejection. What he knew of male-female relationships he learned watching the teenage dramas on the after-school specials, romantic sitcoms, and re-runs of 1970s family dramas. What he understood of father-son relationships he learned while watching reruns of Brady Bunch, My Three Sons, and The Cosby Show. Compared to those 30-minute snapshots of life, with built-in laugh tracks, everyone loved and supported one another, he found any kind of acceptance hard to come by.

  It was the first day of eleventh grade English. She walked into the classroom catching his eye from the very first instant he saw her. He had seen her before from afar in Junior High, but never really talked to her or got to know her. He tried not to stare. His heart raced as she took up a seat right behind his.”

Running to Leadville is about loss and the ability to overcome.

“Overhead, Brian heard the deep, vibrating and repetitive sounds that he knew to be that of the beating blades of a helicopter. The crisp air was shattered by the droning sounds of the rotary blades ripping thru the atmosphere as they propelled the helicopter towards him. He had no idea who called for help; numerous people had stopped to offer assistance. He was simply relieved that some form of assistance had arrived. “

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Running to Leadville is a tale of a 100-mile ultra-marathon known as the “Race Across the Sky” and the runners who take on this ultimate test of endurance. A foot race that begins in Leadville, Co the nation’s highest incorporated town.  The Leadville Trail takes runners 50 miles out of town through locations known as May Queen, Fish Hatchery, and Twin Lakes to a towering mountain pass known as Hope Pass.  Not only do the runners battle the trail that summits at 12,600 ft to begin a treacherous downhill segment delivering them to the old ghost town of Winfield, Co.  Once in Winfield they must turn around and do it all over again to arrive back in Leadville and the red carpet of the finish line.

“His pulse rate became a concern. He had never felt his heart beat so intently. The action of his heart was magnified tenfold over anything he had experienced before. He knew what it felt like to push his body to its breaking point.”

“On the top of Hope Pass Brian was speechless, partially because of the monstrous climb and partly because of the overwhelming beauty. His lungs burned. His heart pounded to the rhythm of a thousand drum-beats.”

“His feet had taken a beating. Pulling off his shoes after the abuse they had suffered was a painful ordeal. After kicking numerous rocks and roots that laid in the trail, he could tell without seeing them that his toes were bruised and bloodied to the point that two of his toe-nails were barely hanging on. The tops and bottoms of both feet were tender. A few good-sized blisters were present on the soles of his feet.”

As hard as his life had been, from the heights of finally finding love and a complete life. To the lows of nearly losing it all would Brian have the resolve to finish, would he have the strength, would he have the metal to will himself back to life and a return trip to the center of Leadville?

Available on Amazon and Kindle or order a personalized copy direct from me (US sales only) simply use the buy it now feature to pay via credit card or paypal.  (you do not have to have a paypal account)




For more information on the Leadville Trail 100 Mile race, click here.

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