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.


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We started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. We also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support local race organizers.

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