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Run Oregon Bookstore: “The Boy Who Runs”

I will admit that I'm less than halfway through "The Boy Who Runs," but I wanted to share this with Run Oregon readers because even though I know what happens, this book has captivated me! A few years ago, I interviewed the subject of this book, Julius Achon (read that interview here). I know that he was kidnapped at a young age and forced to serve as a boy soldier in Uganda. I know how he escaped his captors, something few survived to talk about. And I know the rambling path that he took to achieve athletic success as a teenager, earning a scholarship to a U.S. college and then becoming an Olympian for Uganda. I'm also well-acquainted with the reasons he founded the Achon Uganda Children's Fund and the work this international non-profit has done.

Even knowing the story, this is a book that I’m reading on my lunch break, after the kids go to bed, even as I dry my hair to get ready for work. John Brant, the Portland-based author of “Duel in the Sun,” has illustrated Achon’s story in a way that makes the story even more engaging. By the way, if you haven’t read Duel in the Sun, you should: it’s about the 1982 Boston Marathon and the battle between Dick Beardsley and Alberto Salazar. It’s also only .99 cents on Amazon Kindle.

So – add this book to your reading list or order your copy today! The Washington County Library co-op has five copies of it, plus it’s available as an e-book, or you can get it at in hardcover or electronically.


About Kelly Barten (1146 Articles)
I started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because I felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. I also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support LOCAL race organizers. I'm a Creighton Bluejay (undergrad) and an Oregon Duck (Sports Marketing MBA), and I live in Tigard with my husband and two kids. My "real job" is working for an incredibly awesome math textbook company doing marketing and production.

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