Through the pages of this book, Dimitris Tzefalis shares twenty one + one examples of the life trajectory of people, examples that have to do with running, and he traces the way our running journey, as well as the journey of our life, can become a little more beautiful, positive and interesting. It’s a book willing to “train” us to have a better and fuller life.
One quote at a time, Dimitris Tzefalis presents a series of athletes and coaches. His perspective shows that running, apart from physical exercise, is also a polyphonic activity, a constant arranging of the self, a life pace. Zatopek’s grimaces, Gebrselassie’s smile, El Guerrouj’s humility, are all an identity game. It matters not if they have achieved their dreams, whispers Dimitris in each one of the twenty-one plus one stories of this book. What matters is what you become by chasing after them.
Yannis Pattakos, Author-Marathoner
Each champion has a backstory. All those you will read about here have accomplished something more. The same goes for many of those that live beside us. Every story reminds us of the reason running gives life. It’s not only the way they have realized their dreams, but the way they have managed themselves in order to accomplish their dreams. Dimitris Tzefalis knows full well what running means and how it can guide everyone’s life. Because each step moves us forward and running teaches us the best way to move forward in life, too.
Lefteris Plakidas, Author-Journalist-Marathoner