‘Marathon’ author coming to Niagara

NIAGARA, Wis. — The Niagara Public Library will host author Jim Anderson of Cable, Wis., at 6:30 p.m. March 22 for a talk about his book, “Discovering America One Marathon At a Time.”

This book is a unique tour of America by an athlete who ran a marathon in each of the 50 states. Told that he was too old to run a marathon, Anderson laced up his running shoes and took on the challenge.

Twelve years later, he completed his goal and gained a unique appreciation for our nation and its history. Some stories of America he discovered are that the grandson of our 10th president lives on; a town starts from a boxcar left after a train wreck; an Iowa farm girl saves a passenger train; Andersonville prisoners’ prayers for water are answered; and a skier passes away and yet completes his 20th American Birkebeiner.

Anderson’s quest to run in every state had him running through four cities in two states in one race, finishing in front of 100 Scottish clans on Grandfather Mountain, making his way through the Hatfield and McCoy feud country, running the Chisholm Trail and running the world’s highest paved marathon.

These tales all come together in an inspiring story of a senior marathoner.