This is the story of the youngest runner in a 100-mile race (remember that a marathon - a demanding long-distance run - is 26.2 miles long). Quinn is thirteen, and some people don't believe he should participate. He and his father had been planning to run in this race together, but Quinn's dad died a year ago. With support from his mother, best friend, and younger brother, he may just have enough endurance to face the obstacles in his way.
This is a great book, even for people who have no interest in long-distance running. It is told as if Quinn is being interviewed after the race, so there are several parts about his relationship with his best friend and his family members, including his grief over losing his father. There are realistic parts about the long-distance running training (I can't speak from experience, but I do have friends who engage in this 100-mile running madness!), and some challenges with regard to weather, motivation, physical hardships, and (less realistically) competitor sabotage. Highly recommended for independent readers who like an underdog story about someone working hard to accomplish a goal.
"The doctor said that a hundred miles is a ridiculous distance, but that I'd probably quit when it started to hurt."
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