Fear & Running
W E’VE PUBLISHED DOZENS OF DOG STORIES in our pages over the past decade. There was the amazing tale of Taz, a 3-year-old mutt that saved his owner, ultrarunner Danelle Ballengee, after she’d been stranded in the Moab Desert. There was the border collie that ran a 3: 24
marathon (my PR!), and the soup-to-nuts nine-page guide on how to run
with your dog. A range of runners, from Scott Jurek and Deena Kastor to
Susan Orlean, have been photographed
with their pooches for these pages, and
the most popular Editor’s Letter I’ve ever
written was about putting my beloved
black Lab down after a great 14-year run.
Dogs are a fun, feel-good part of our
mix—and of many readers’ running lives.
They’ve been training and racing at a high
level since they were children, which
gave them the strength, courage, and
dedication to each other they desperately
needed that awful afternoon.
This is another recurring storyline in
RW: runners who survived horrible events
because they were runners. There was Matt
Long, the New York City firefighter who
was run over by a bus and, according to
his doctors, survived only because he was
a marathoner and an Ironman. There was
Gilbert Tuhabonye, a track star in Burundi who was nearly burned alive by
warlords and survived only because he
ran, through the night and through searing pain, to safety. These stories are extreme and frightening, but also reassuring. They remind me that even if the
unthinkable happens, the fact that I’m a
runner just might be what saves me.
DAVID WILLEY, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Are You Racing with the Editors?
some news about the Runner’s World half marathon & Festival (october 19–21
in Bethlehem, Pa.): First, we’ve signed on with two sponsors—the innovative
footwear producer altra as presenting sponsor, as well as nissan—with deep ties to
running. Participants can go to rwhalf.com for details on exclusive offers and events
during race weekend (and to sign up for our 5-K, 10-K, and half). second, we’ve
designated the new York Road Runners mighty milers program, which helps get
kids moving at 485 (and counting) schools around the U.s., as our charity partner.
Charity Bets will help us with the fund-raising; for more, visit rwhalf.com/charity.
Buchanan’s self-described “gritty, whimsical, and
retro” artwork accompanies 15 tips on race-day
decorum in “Is This Okay?” (page 92). The
Australian illustrator’s work has appeared in The
New York Times and Time Magazine.