An Amazon pick for best nonfiction books of July!
It’s been a big week for Becky Wade. Yesterday she competed in the Track & Field Olympic Trials, and today her book RUN THE WORLD: My 3,500-Mile Journey Through Running Cultures Around the Globe publishes from William Morrow/HarperCollins! We could not be more excited to celebrate the book birthday for this wonderful memoir about Becky’s year-long exploration of diverse running communities around the world.
Becky Wade had long been curious about her running counterparts around the world. Fresh off a successful collegiate running career—with multiple NCAA All-American honors and two Olympic Trials qualifying marks to her name—Becky was no stranger to international competition. But after years spent safely sticking to the training methods she knew and trusted, she was determined to learn how runners from other countries approached the sport to which she’d dedicated over half of her life. And so in 2012, she packed four pairs of running shoes, cleared her schedule for the year, and took off on a journey to infiltrate diverse running communities around the world.
Over the next twelve months—visiting 22 countries with unique and storied running histories, and logging over 3,500 miles run over trails, tracks, sidewalks, and dirt roads—Becky explored the widely varied approaches that runners across the globe take to get faster. What she learned along the way shattered her long-held assumptions about the formula for athletic success and the heartbeat of distance running around the world.
RUN THE WORLD is the story of one athlete’s fascinating journey as she discovers new and untried approaches to running. It offers readers a surprising treatise on a global approach to both running and living, the power of running to unite us across cultures, and the flexibility, individuality, and beauty of the sport.
Here’s what others have to say:
Every so often a book comes along that becomes a cult classic for competitive runners but also has appeal to a broader audience. Once a Runner, Born to Run, and Running with the Buffaloes were all such books, and this terrific debut is sure to join their ranks.”—Booklist
I started reading Becky Wade’s story and I simply could not stop—her journey around the globe pulls you along like a great running trail with each turn promising something new and wonderful.”—Tom Foreman, author of My Year of Running Dangerously
Becky Wade is one of America’s best distance runners, yet more so an ultimate adventurer. In Run the World, Becky takes the reader along on her brave journey, providing an intimate glimpse into running cultures around the world.”—Deena Kastor, Olympic medalist & American record holder in the marathon
In her incredible running journey, Becky Wade captures the beauty of the sport—chasing your goals, forming lifelong bonds, learning resilience, and of course, eating delicious food.”—Shalane Flanagan, Olympic champion in long-distance track running and author of Run Fast Eat Slow
Wade’s endearing and inspiring story will appeal to readers looking for an insider’s view of the determination and spirit shared by Olympians (and casual runners) throughout the world.”—Library Journal
And don’t miss Becky’s upcoming book events in Oregon and Texas:
Friday, July 8: University of Oregon Bookstore (Eugene, OR)
Monday, July 11: Blue Willow Bookshop (Houston, TX)
Wednesday, July 13: Bookpeople (Austin, TX)
Tuesday, July 26: Half Price Books (Dallas, TX)