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Long before Cory Reese strapped on his first pair of running shoes, he learned the key to being a successful ultrarunner: He knew how to suffer.

In Nowhere Near First, Cory shares his deeply personal story about experiencing his father’s suicide at a young age, and how this led to a career in endurance running and a desire to live life to the fullest.

Nowhere Near First is a humorous, captivating, and uplifting account of Cory’s memorable ultramarathon experiences. Not only does Cory’s entertaining and powerful writing allows listeners a unique perspective into the challenges and rewards of running, but it also inspires each of us to turn tragedy into triumph.

“Cory Reese writes with humor, humbleness and honesty. His story is both uplifting and real, and his tales of persistence and perseverance are sure to inspire, whether you’re at the front of the pack or nowhere near first. Regardless of the title, this book’s a winner!” (Dean Karnazes, author of Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner)

“Cory Reese’s book, Nowhere Near First, is an immensely entertaining and profoundly educational story about overcoming challenges to forge a meaningful life. Reese’s story is must-read for people looking to find meaning and purpose in modern-day society.” (Karl Hoagland, publisher, UltraRunning Magazine)

“Cory has penned a very personal account of overcoming hardship in his personal and athletic life. Nowhere Near First tells his story of perseverance and survival in a vivid, down and dirty way that peaks with his extraordinarily positive way of looking at life.” (Marshall Ulrich, author of Running On Empty: An Ultramarathoner’s Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America)

©2016 Cory Reese (P)2018 Cory Reese

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holy.cow.

What can I say other than, my entire perspective on running has changed. Thanks, Cory. I'm encouraged in my own journey.

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Hilarious and Relatable

I’m nowhere near fast or first and just enjoy the experience. It’s encouraging to read a book from someone in the back of the pack too. I love that the author doesn’t take himself too seriously and really enjoyed the stories about friends, family and even strangers getting involved in his race experiences.

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An engaging story.

Loved the story.
Corey speaks openly about his personal experience with running ultras. Just wish he spoke a little more quickly . Listen at 1.25 and you will be fine.


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useful if you plan to do an ultra

having done 1 Ultra, Cory is correct. his assessment of what its like is spot on. it takes me back to my 24 hr race and forward to my eventual next race. the pain and mind set are captured well here.

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yes

I will not name it very funny, but it is. it has drama, it has humor, it is entertaining, and it makes you at least walk, if not start to run

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Narrator was TERRIBLE

THE STORY WAS GOOD. The writing is funny but the narrator was emotionless and monotone. It's too bad because it could have been GREAT. the narrator sounds like Stephen Hawkins' computer.

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Entertaining, fun & practical

Corey kept me laughing, while encouraging and inspiring me my own running journey. Well worth a listen whether you're running your first 5k or shooting for an ultra.

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I loved this book even though I don't really think he is always at the back of the pack. had some issues with the actual sound. I played this in my car over a media stream and never had issues prior to this book. However, the beginning sounds of certain words sounded strange.

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This is a fun one!

Loved the story and narration. Nice to hear from the "one of us" crowd. Also love the theme of love and be nice to one another.

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Funny

This is a great book for all of us who are slower than others. I found myself laughing so hard in the car when I was listening. The story comes to life. Loved it.

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Inspiration!!!

This book was pure inspiration on grit and determination. I certainly got more miles from it.