Dandelion Growing Wild by Kim Jones
A triumphant journey over astounding odds by American marathon champion Kim Jones

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Dandelion Growing Wild is a remarkable true story of resilience, perseverance and the power of hope. It's a look into a large, loving, dysfunctional and oddly religious family thrust into horrific tragedy. The memoir captures the essence of innocence and the disturbing truth of poverty, mental illness, disappointment and death... a powerful, humorous and uplifting story of a little girl who rose from those challenges to compete in the toughest competitions in the world, becoming a world-class athlete and a marathon champion.

Kim Jones' autobiography will inspire the millions of Americans who put on their running shoes every day. However, you don't have to be a runner to cheer for her. Dandelion Growing Wild chronicles her dual careers as one of the top American marathoners in history and - most important of all - as a mother, trying to chart a smoother course for her daughters.

"Stunning! This is no ordinary running story... it's a record of tremendous family struggle and personal triumph. A beautiful story of resilience and perseverance... a journey through a world class career as a marathoner. A hell of a book!" - Bill Rodgers. 4-time winner of the Boston and New York City Marathons 
"Dandelion Growing Wild by elite marathoner Kim Jones is fascinating, inspiring, uplifting and tragic. A truly remarkable story as fast paced as one of her marathons!" - George Hirsch. Former Worldwide Publisher, Runner's World; Chairman of the New York Road Runners
"Beautifully written, Kim's story has given a new definition to the word perseverance... in both life and sport. Inspirational with every turn of the page." - Joan Benoit Samuelson. 1984 Gold Medal, Olympic Marathon 
"Kim Jones emerged from an impoverished, challenging childhood to become the best marathoner in America. Her story is nothing short of incredible, and it ought to give runners of all abilities a boost in pursuing their own dreams." - Don Kardong. Author; 1976 Olympic Marathoner

About Kim Jones

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Kim Jones began running marathons after watching Joan Benoit Samuelson's victory at the 1984 Los Angels Olympics on television. She quickly rose to become one of the best female marathoners in US history and was ranked 3rd in the World in 1991. Throughout her career, Kim has been one of the most dominant distance runners in the world. She has more high-level placings in world-class marathons than any other US female marathoner in history with 17 performances under 2:33. (Deena Kastor 10; Joan Benoit Samuelson 9; Lisa Weidenbach 7)Kim Jones grew up in the Pacific Northwest before raising her two daughters in Spokane, Washington, and now resides in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband Jon Sinclair. Since retiring from competition in 1998, she has been a coach with Anaerobic Management (www.anaerobic.net), an on-line coaching service for distance runners, as well as a speaker at special events, road races and expos. She is a member of the Road Runners Club of America Hall of Fame and Colorado Running Hall of Fame.
Published April 30, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 463 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships, Sports & Outdoors, Health, Fitness & Dieting.

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