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Finally…”Once a Runner” novel going back to printer

Posted by bunchgrasser on October 21, 2008

I just read on Kelly Johnson’s Run Oregon Blog¬†that “Once a Runner” by John L Parker Jr. is finally going back to the printer and will be available this spring.

I heard about this inspiring, fictional novel when I started training for my first marathon last year and wanted to get a copy. However, the book is in such high demand that finding a copy is near impossible, unless you want to pay $60-$90 or more on Ebay for a used copy.

You can pre-order your very own copy of this book from Amazon for April 2009 delivery. I’ve already ordered mine and I can’t wait to read it. Check out some of the reviews below:

Review
“By far the most accurate fictional portrayal of the world of the serious runner. . . a marvelous description of the way it really is.” — Kenny Moore, of Sports Illustrated

“I hate to use a clich, but I couldn’t put it down.” — Joe Henderson, Runner’s World

“I’m jealous. This is very close to the kind of book I’ve wanted to write for years. . . [Parker] has shown an ability to find that vein that runners have within them, and write about it better than anyone ever has.” — Don Kardong, of Runner’s World

“I’ve read `Once a Runner’ six times and still enjoy it immensely. It continues to renew my heart to `go after the fire, not the smoke.” — J.A. Sandoz, Olympia, WA

“My 17-year-old son was transfixed with `Once a Runner’. . .” — Jon Boon, Columbia, MD

“Perhaps the best novel ever written about running. There are parts of Once a Runner that are pure poetry. I have never read descriptions of what it is to run and race as accurate and compelling as Parker’s.” — Tom Jordan, Track & Field News

“The best piece of running fiction around. Beg, borrow, or buy a copy, and you’ll never need another motivator.” — Dave Langlais, Runner’s World

“There is a remarkable parallel between the pacing of this novel and a well-run race.” — Ed Ayres, Running Times –This text refers to the Paperback edition.

(reviews and image compliments of Amazon.com)

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THUSC Sodium – 2008 Fall League Standings

Posted by bunchgrasser on October 21, 2008

THUSC Sodium continues to tear it up in Girls U13 Fall League. After a tough battle for a tie with Oregon Rush 95 Girls last weekend, Sodium is currently ranked second. Standings from OYSA are listed below. Check out the Sodium Team Blog for more details: http://sodiumu13.blogspot.com/.

Club
Info
Group A Total
Points
Games
Played
Wins Losses Ties Goals
For
Goals
Against
Ylw
Card
Red
Card
A1 : Oregon Rush 95 Girls Nike 31 12 10 1 1 32 10 2 0
A4 : THUSC United Sodium 27 13 8 2 3 21 10 0 0
A5 : LOSC – Extreme 25 13 8 4 1 24 12 2 0
A3 : FC Portland Platinum – 95 19 12 6 5 1 16 14 0 0
A7 : Keizer – Hotshots 15 11 5 6 0 13 13 1 0
A6 : ESUFC Arsenal 11 11 3 6 2 8 15 0 0
A8 : EMFC 95 Magic 10 12 3 8 1 5 18 0 0
A2 : WSM Strikers 1 12 0 11 1 2 29 5 0

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