Taking Life in Stride

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In a style that might parallel Stuart McLean having a bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup (for the Soul) with Jim Fixx, author Harvey Mitro narrates a collection of short memoirs that explore 40 years from the vantage of a runner.


As a sub-four minute miler, member of Canada’s national track and field team, coach, and personal trainer, running has permeated all aspects of Harvey’s life. He presents thirty themes which explore one’s strongest attachments, greatest fears, and deepest regrets, while sharing moments of warmth, thrill, humour, and horror.

An awkward teen is unexpectedly paired with a talented blind runner, acting as his eyes while he attempts to win the Provincial Championship. With no preparation, their divergent worlds are thrown together with athletic dreams and reputations on the line.

Escaping violent war in the Congo, a young athlete defects to Canada. With the support of a found ‘running family,’ he rises to the heights of Canadian marathon racing, only to die at the peak of his career. His story does not end, as a mysterious spiritual connection seeks to help heal the grief of a loved one left behind.

A thin, sad dog reaches his paw through the bars of a shelter cage to capture the heart of a man. With the spirit of a racer and the mind of a rascal, the mischievous hound leads the man on a series of hilarious and heart-warming adventures.

Although it is ideal for an audience interested in running and sport, written works from this collection have been published by several literary periodicals across multiple genres, showing that Taking Life in Stride will appeal to all who cherish the emotional context provided by both daily and exceptional circumstance.


Over 30 varied personal memoirs presented as a series of short narratives all connected to a life of running.


Harvey Mitro
Harvey Mitro is a proud husband, and father of two sons. As a kinesiologist, personal trainer, and coach, he has guided athletes and clients ranging from age 4 to 101. A runner for forty-five years, he has spent time among Canada’s elite racers, breaking four-minutes for the mile, winning provincial and national titles, and representing Canada internationally. He was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame for the University of Waterloo, and City of Sarnia, Ontario. He orchestrated two separate Guinness Book World Records, with Canadian men’s and women’s teams setting standards that have stood unbroken since 1998. He is a first-time author.


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