Off the Shelf: Running tales at your library

The North Olympic Discovery Marathon is happening this weekend on the Olympic Discovery Trail. Runners will be passing through Sequim on Sunday morning on their way to the finish line in Port Angeles. Cheer them on!

To learn more about inspiring athletes — the sport of running or great fiction that includes running — stop by your local library.

“Running Sideways: The Olympic Champion Who Made Track and Field History” by Pauline Davis

The inspiring story of Pauline Davis, a Bahamian sprinter who fought through poverty, inequality, and racism to compete in five Olympic Games and become the first woman from the Caribbean to win Olympic gold. She would inspire an entire nation and go on to become the first Black woman elected to the international governing body of athletics. — From the publisher

“Cross Country: a 3700-Mile Run to Explore Unseen America” by Rickey Gates

In 2017, professional runner Rickey Gates ran 3,700 miles across the continental United States with just a small backpack and an anthropologist’s curiosity to discover the divided America in which we live. While Gates delivers unparalleled insight into the extreme athletic and mental challenge of this transcontinental run, running is not the core focus of Cross Country — it is a story of the remarkable people across the United States who we would otherwise never meet. — From the publisher

“Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon” by Simran Jeet Singh

The true story of Fauja Singh, who broke world records to become the first 100-year-old to run a marathon, shares valuable lessons on the source of his grit, determination to overcome obstacles, and commitment to positive representation of the Sikh community. — From the publisher

“The End of the World Running Club” by Adrian J. Walker

When the world ends and you find yourself stranded on the wrong side of the country, every second counts. No one knows this more than Edgar Hill. 550 miles away from his family, he must push himself to the very limit to get back to them, or risk losing them forever. His best option is to run. — From the publisher

“Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero” by Christopher McDougall

From the bestselling author of Born to Run, a heartwarming story about training a rescue donkey to run one of the most challenging races in America, and, in the process, discovering the life-changing power of the human-animal connection. — From the publisher

For more …

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Emily Sly is manager at the Sequim Library.