Tales from the Trails: Runners’ Stories that Inspire and Transform
Michael Clinton


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From half-marathons, marathons, to even ultramarathons, the road stretches ahead mile after mile, charting the length to be conquered. But as Michael Clinton, premier globetrotter, runner, and author, knows, running is more than just about the physical distance: it’s about the mental, emotional, and spiritual journey to the finish line.

In Tales from the Trails, Clinton and numerous contributors, including sports medicine and fitness expert Dr. Jordan Metzl and Michael Capiraso, president and CEO of NYRR (New York Road Runners), offer deeply personal and inspiring stories of running and the ways in which it has helped them race past struggles, challenges, and personal limits. Tales from the Trails is a must-read for runners of all types from the casual to the marathoner and is a much-needed reminder to run past the finish line, whether it be toward love, self-realization, or life.

Michael Clinton is a seasoned magazine publishing executive. His most recent role has been president and publishing director for Hearst Magazines. His responsibilities included oversight of over 25 magazine media brands, including Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Men’s Health. He is the author of 9 books and is happiest when he is running with friends and his Vizsla, Hannah, in New York’s Central Park.

Michael Capiraso has run the New York City Marathon twenty-seven consecutive years and counting with the amazing support of his family and friends. He is president and CEO of the New York Road Runners, the organization that produces the TCS New York City Marathon and the Rising NYRR Youth Section. He is based in New York City.

Jordan D. Metzl, MD is a lifelong runner and sports medicine physician at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He has authored five books on the interface between medicine and movement, including Dr. Jordan Metzl’s Running Strong with Runner’s World magazine. He has run thirty-four marathons and fourteen Ironman distance triathlons (and counting). He is based in New York City.