"The great advantage of this book lies in the format. You do not have to read it in chapter order nor all within a sitting or two. You can read a chapter put the book down and read another a week later. But don’t count on it. After you start you will find it hard to put down. Would I recommend this book. Yes without question. Whether you are a runner or a spouse/partner of a runner or just interested in reading a well written book then you definitely need to buy this book." - Peter Larivière
"The book helped me come to terms with my own journey and made me understand a lot of what has gone through my mind over the last few years. I read through the book in record time, and was happy to finish it on the eve of my latest event, Disney's Goofy Challenge. All in all it was a very enjoyable book, and I'd like to thank Mark for writing it" - Guy Charron, Cantley, QC
"...entertaining, thought provoking and captured all the reasons to run..." - Hec Clouthier, Petawawa, Ont.
"I sincerely loved the book. I tore through it in just a couple of days." - Dave Murray
"I wanted to say thank you for writing your book. I have thoroughly enjoyed it and found many chapters touching and inspirational." - Anna Marie Young, Ottawa
"Mark Sutcliffe writes so convincingly in Why I Run that he made this reviewer set aside a long-held belief that marathon running is an incomprehensible form of voluntary self-abasement.
The book is subtitled, "The remarkable journey of the ordinary runner," but don't be fooled. There's nothing ordinary about Sutcliffe, a Citizen columnist, radio and TV show host, and founder of iRun magazine.
There's no smugness in Sutcliffe's writing, and that's remarkable in itself. Marathoners are in great shape, but the ones I've encountered tend to be a tad self-satisfied.
Still, I admire what they accomplish. Marathoners work through blisters and bloody nipples as easily as some of us work through a big bag of Miss Vickie's potato chips.
Running eases the uptight urban mind, Sutcliffe says, and confers a host of health benefits. All true, no doubt.
But it's the stories of the people Sutcliffe has encountered through running that make the book so inspirational."
- Bruce Ward, Ottawa Citizen
"I hope you agree, as you read through this marvellous collection of essays, there is much to be said, and much to be learned, from the deceptively simple act of putting on a pair of training shoes and venturing out onto the roads." - from the foreword by Malcolm Gladwell
"A hard book to put down, loaded with inspirational stories for the runner and non-runner alike. It's about running, but also about life. Highly recommended." - Bob Plamondon, Ottawa
"This is an incredibly fun and inspiring read - it honestly made me want to put on my running shoes and hit the road, but then I would have to put the book down! Highly recommend this to all runners and athletes! You will not be disappointed!" - Lauren Jawno, Toronto
"This book inspired me to challenge myself to complete my first marathon." - Antonio Tersigni, Toronto
“A great read. Mark writes in a way that runners can relate to, and with subtle underlying humour in his descriptions.” - Duff McLaren, Toronto
“Inspirational. I found it hard to put down.” - Neale Chisnall, Ottawa
“I found myself either getting choked up or laughing out loud. Never failed to inspire and motivate. I keep it close at hand on my coffee table because whenever I feel the need for some motivation I can be sure to find it in the pages of this book.” - Sonja Adcock, Ottawa
“I found it really, really inspirational. It really keeps me out there, wanting to run more.” - Jennifer Bergeron, Toronto
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