The kids and I had the chance to see and meet Scott Jurek at his New York City book launch of North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail. The book launch took place at the New York Society for Ethical Culture on NYC’s Upper West Side next to Central Park (prior to the talk, Scott went on a community run with local runners).
Scott, the ultrarunning legend, presented his new book along with his wife Jenny Jurek. Swaddling their baby in a front pack on stage, Scott and Jenny took turns reading dialogue from North and answering ‘surprise, unscripted’ questions asked by the other. Scott also presented a short film that documented his incredible Appalachian Trail run.
North seems like not only the ideal read for any runner interested in ultra running, but also perfect for anyone questioning his or her way–or asking ‘what’s next?’ If you’re trying to figure out a gift for a runner, I don’t think you could go wrong gifting Scott’s book; not only is a New York Times best selling author of Eat and Run, but his short talk about his adventure was fascinating.
When the floor opened for questions, my teen was the first to ask Scott a question. She wanted to know how old he was when he started running. My almost 10 year old was psyched to catch a popsocket for her phone that Scott threw into the audience, which happens to feature a compass rose logo designed by his wife, Jenny.
After the presentation, together my teen, 12 year old and 10 year old waited in line to meet Scott and have their books signed. My teen was especially happy to hear Scott’s parting advice: keep running fun and chase those dreams.
You can grab a copy of North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail on Amazon.