MIKE REILLY

AVAILABLE MARCH 2019

FINDING MY VOICE

FINDING MY VOICE

Tales from IRONMAN, the world's greatest endurance event

Tales from IRONMAN, the world's greatest endurance event

by MIKE REILLY

with LEE GRUENFELD

by MIKE REILLY

with LEE GRUENFELD

from the foreword by bob babbitt

Mike Reilly is one of the most recognizable figures in the endurance sports world. For over thirty years he has been the “Voice of IRONMAN,” having called over 350,000 athletes across the finish lines of more than 140 races around the globe. In all that time it’s always been about the athletes for Reilly, and he’s been careful to make sure that they’re the stars of every race.

Now, in response to entreaties from athletes all over the world, he’s opening up about what the sport has meant to him and why he remains so passionate about it. Over the years he’s met thousands of competitors and their families, listened to their stories, and amassed a treasure trove of tales about the joy of competing, the triumph of succeeding, and the transformative power of pushing yourself past the edge. He has been witness to extraordinary feats of personal redemption, recovery from overwhelming tragedy, and superhuman displays of perseverance in the face of seemingly impossible odds.

In chronicling these stories, Reilly shows us the profound impact IRONMAN can have on the lives of those who make the decision to step up to the start line and find out what they’re truly capable of. Reilly’s passion for the sport and his deep affection for its participants comes through on every page. And, born entertainer and accomplished storyteller that he is, he’ll keep you enthralled from the very first sentence.

Hines Ward, Super Bowl XL MVP

The IRONMAN was by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.The last five miles of the race I actually thought I was gonna die. As I struggled closer to town, I saw the lights and could hear the crowd screaming in the distance. I could hear Mike Reilly faintly, declaring each finisher an IRONMAN.

As I got closer to town and the finish, I could hear Mike’s voice getting louder and louder. The adrenaline was burning thru my body and my veins, my heart was beating out of my chest, and all of the intense pain seemed to go away for a moment as I ran up the ramp crossing the finish line in just over 13 hours. Then I heard the most amazing voice and those unbelievable words, “HINES WARD, YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!”

I felt like Rocky Balboa running up the stairs in Philly with my hands up in the air. Like the touchdown pass I caught from Antwan Randle El in Super Bowl XL to win the world championship. It was one of the greatest moments of my life. Never in my wildest dreams...so surreal. I will never forget that moment or those words spoken by a legend in the sport. The great Mike Reilly declared me an IRONMAN. I was so grateful.

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Available March, 2019 from Steeplechase Books, Inc.
Softcover, eBook and audio editions


Available March 2019 from Steeplechase Books, Inc.

Softcover, eBook and audio editions

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