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A man takes on the challenge of a lifetime after hitting rock bottom. He finds himself divorced, unemployed, and in a deep depression when a degenerative eye condition renders him blind with limited light perception. 

Feeling a calling to run across America, he dedicated the next two years of his life to prepare for, and ultimately run, more than 3,000 miles from California to New York in less than 60 days, averaging 51.5 miles per day, to log the seventh-fastest transcontinental foot crossing in the history of the world - less than 300 people have crossed America on foot. 

It was, and remains, the only transcontinental foot-crossing by a blind person. 

This is not just an audiobook about running. This is a story of success and failure, healing and hurting, and loss and love. It is an audiobook about struggling with adversity, learning to not give up or give in, to accept one's self for all that one is, and is not. It is every person's story. 

Running into the Dark is a manifesto about how to continue onward. Jason Romero is a highly sought-after keynote speaker for conventions, conferences, and commencements, a US Paralympian who was fourth in the world at the Paralympic World Marathon Championships in 2015, a holder of 13 world records in ultrarunning, the subject of a full-length documentary, and an author. In addition, Jason has been an attorney, an executive at GE, and a CEO of a nonprofit that helps children with autism.

©2017 Jason Romero (P)2018 Jason Romero

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  • Richard
  • FOLSOM, CA, United States
  • 06-05-18

Inspiring

This is an inspiring story that invites the reader into the head and heart of a man courageous enough to answer a “calling” to run across America, while at the same time battling the fear of losing his vision and fighting voices in his head to quit.. Jason Romero’s willingness to share his vulnerability makes this book relevant to anyone striving to overcome adversity. As someone who shares Jason’s degenerative eye condition and an obsessive interest in running, I could identify with the dichotomy of courage and anxiety as Jason moves “onward” in his relentless pursuit to find purpose, love, forgiveness and acceptance. You will fall in love with Jason’s mother as she serves as his only crew support for the majority of the 59 day slog across America! I had tears running down my cheeks when his mother greeted him at the NYC City Hall finish line of his epic adventure.

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Inspired.

If I had to sum this book up in one word it would be: inspirational. This book is great for runners, all athletes, and anyone who wants to be inspired. For me the beginning was a little bit slow, but once I was halfway through and he had started his running journey across the United States of America I couldn’t stop listening! I even had to wait at the mailbox a few times on my way home from work to finish listening to the rest of a chapter. The narration by Gary Galone was excellent. It’s no wonder the author is now a motivational speaker. Nice job Jason Romero! Keep up the good work! PS Your mother is a saint! Now I’m going to go lace up for my own run, and I might even cut the toebox out of my favorite pair of Hokas!

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Onward!

Jason’s journey is inspiring and has made me challenge myself in new ways. It has been an enjoyable summer read filled with hope and encouragement. Gary’s narration was pleasant to listen to as well and makes you feel as if you are genuinely apart of Jason’s run across America.

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I usually love endurance memoirs

The author references the following scripture: “What does it profit a person who gains the world but loses his soul?” It seems like you’re doing exactly that by damaging all the relationships in your life to follow a calling a.k.a. ego. I had to stop listening due to the level of ignorance and arrogance. I gave it a five star on the story. I think it is a great story but his innerperspective is dreadful.

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