The Boy Who Runs: The Odyssey of Julius Achon by Julius Achon, and John Brant is the story of Julius Achon, who was born in Uganda. The story follows Julius Achon who rose from nothing. He grew up in a small village and eventually he become a world class middle distance runner. He was able to compete in the Olympics and now he does humanitarian work to improve life in Uganda and where ever there is a need.
The reader first learns about Achon’s childhood. The good and the bad. Throughout the beginning of the story, the reader learns early on that there is something special about Julius. Achon does not alway do the right thing, but he tries his best to do so. As he grows so does his running. Eventually he makes it to the US to train and become and Olympic running. The reader is able to follow Achon through his life. The reader sees how his choices are not always his.
The authors did his research to get to know Achon and the important people in Achon’s life. In the end, there is a hopefulness and happiness in seeing the kind of man Achon has grown into. Brant also seems to understand what it is to be a runner, based on how he describes Achon’s training regimes and how they affect him along the way. This is a book for any runner, and really anyone wanting to hear a uplifting story of a man growing out of poverty only to turn around and help those still in it.
I received this book from Random House Publishing Group- Ballantine, and Ballantine Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.