Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Interview with Joe Sinclair, author of 'Putting Life on the Finish Line

When author Joe Sinclair turned sixty-two years old, he began his quest to run as many marathons as possible. Less than five years later, he has logged more than four thousand miles, participating in more than 150 marathons. In his memoir, Putting Life on the Finish Line, he tells his life story from his early years through his late sixties and details how he achieved his running goals. Sinclair shares running’s rewards and challenges—crossing the finish line at the toughest marathon in America run entirely on asphalt; completing three marathons in three days in the hot July weather; fighting off attacks by vicious dogs during a lonely, rural, mountain marathon; and helping a struggling young marathoner achieve his very first marathon finish. Offering personal secrets for success, tips and tricks, nutritional and fitness plans, pre-race plans, and inspiring stories, Putting Life on the Finish Line provides encouragement for those who believe they are too old to accomplish a dream. It shows that personal health and fitness is attainable at any age.

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What is your favorite quality about yourself? 

I try to be a “people Person” and an “everyday Joe”.

What is your least favorite quality about yourself? 

Sometimes I am short on patience!

How long have you been writing? 

I have been writing guest columns for running magazines for about five years.

When did you first know you could be a writer? 

Since my days in graduate school.

Who or what influenced your writing once you began? 

I believed that I had something to contribute to individuals who wanted to improve their health and to those who were into fitness and running.

Who or what influenced your writing over the years? 

At an early age, friends and teachers encouraged me to begin writing.

What made you want to be a writer?

I wanted to share my experiences in hopes that they would help to motivate others.

How did you come up with the title of the book? 

The unique title was a thought about living a healthy life as a result of motivating myself to finish the tasks before me.

Are there any current books that have grasped your interest? 

I am currently completing my second book, “The Marathon Called Educational Leadership” which is taking much of my time.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? 

Organizing the content in an orderly manner.

Did you learn anything while writing your book? If so, what was it? 

I learned to be more patient and understanding of the complex process of publishing.

Give us three “Good to Know” facts about you. Be creative, you can talk about your first job, something that inspires you, anything fun that might grab the readers attention. 

I have completed over 160 marathons since my 62nd birthday I was a school superintendent at age 32. I met with President Ronald Reagan in the Oval Office.

Tell us a little bit about the cover art. Who designed it? What made you choose that particular image/artwork?

The cover of my book is an actual photograph of two of my friends running the Ellerbe Springs Marathon with me.


Joe Sinclair has had an education career that spanned more than forty-five years. He served as superintendent of schools in various North Carolina districts for more than twenty years. In 1992, he was selected as North Carolina’s Superintendent of the Year. He and his wife, Claryce, live in Statesville, North Carolina.

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  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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