25 Days of Stocking Stuffers: Running with the Buffaloes

Over the next 25 days, I’m going to have a list of 25 stocking stuffers (five different ideas from five different BH network websites).

Running with the Buffaloes

Not only is this my favorite running book of all-time, I’d be hard pressed to find another book that I prefer. I don’t think I’ve ever bothered to make a “favorite books” list, but I can’t think of anything that would bump this from the top spot.

Running with the Buffaloes is a look behind the scenes at the University of Colorado under coach Mark Wetmore during the 1998 cross country season. Coming into the season, the team is expected to compete for a national title. Much of the story revolves around Adam Goucher who is one of the top runners in the nation and likely expected to compete for the individual NCAA title.

Two-thirds through the book, something completely unexpected happens. I’m going to completely ruin the book if I describe anything more, but I was floored the first time I read it. I still can’t make it through this chapter of the book – which I’ve read 5-10 times – without feeling like I’ve just been shaken to my core.

It’s an awesome book that has made me a fan of many of those involved with the story for life. In fact, when I was working on my movie – For Three – a few years ago, my number one influence in what I was hoping to make was “Running with the Buffaloes.”