Two years ago now Steve and I were each struggling with knee
injuries while training for a "Train to End Stroke" marathon. Thanks
to many of you, we managed to raise a total of ten thousand dollars and
although disappointed to not be able to run 26.2 miles because of
complaining knees, we did each run and complete the Kona, Hawaii half
That’s how we met Karl Gruber. He sold us sneakers. Several pairs
as I recall. Karl is an expert when it comes to sneakers, and for good
reason. Having run 52 marathons in 52 weeks to raise funds and awareness to fight Leukemia, he’s probably spent a small fortune on his own sneakers.
We’re pleased to inform you that Karl has written a book about his experience called "Running For Their Lives"
"The text tells the story of Gruber, a marathon runner from Hide-A-Way
Hills, Ohio, who left his home and job to travel across North America
and participated in fifty-two grueling marathons within fifty-two
weeks. Calling the tour a “Super Run for the Cure”, Gruber did it all
to raise money and awareness regarding leukemia research. From TV to
radio and print media interviews, Gruber worked tirelessly and
religiously to inspire as many people as he could in one of the most
amazing displays of heroism by an athlete."
Karl. We’re proud to say we know ya. What? You say your first book
signing is on Sunday, May 13 from Noon to 5 PM at FrontRunner" (1344 W.
Lane Ave., Columbus, OH)? OK. See you then!
Connie and Steve
UPDATE 5/11/2007: Karl has informed us his book signing has been postponed. Hopefully he will keep us informed.
UPDATE 5/24/2007: A new message from Karl:
The book signing of my book "Running For Their Lives" has officially been rescheduled for Sunday, June 3 from noon to 5PM. at FrontRunner on Lane Ave. in Upper Arlington (Ohio). I really look forward to seeing any and all of you who can make it! Let your friends and family know, too! "gotta Run!", – Karl