Willis McCarthy is a biology teacher and cross country coach with an extensive running background. Additionally, he has worked, toured and run in the Caribbean, Central America, Europe and the Middle East. Many of the topics and much of the dialogue in the novel are based on experiences and conversations he had with the indigenous living in their respective countries.

     In addition, the author successfully finished fourteen, one hundred mile endurance runs during his twenty-five years of competition. The photographs were taken at the Western States Trail Run. The Home Page photo is the author at the finish line after the 1994 run and the photo to the left is the author crossing the American River in 1997.

 

     The Western States Trail Run is a grueling endurance event that starts at the Squaw Valley Ski Lodge and follows mountainous trails and roads to the finish line at Placer High School in Auburn, California. The author has successfully completed this trek four times.
100 Miles to Destiny
                 a Novel on Running
 
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