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The Transformative Power of Physical Activity


Bowerman Track Club runner Shelby Houlihan cried after crossing the finish line in the women's 10,000-meters. She finished second, earning a trip to Rio.

Bowerman Track Club runner Shelby Houlihan cried after crossing the finish line in the women’s 10,000-meters. She finished second, earning a trip to Rio.

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Geoff Norcross talks to three different authors about how athletic obsession can help us and hurt us.  Lisa Congdon discusses “The Joy of Swimming,” an illustrated celebration of our love for getting in the water; Karen Karbo on the experience of co-writing “Hound of the Sea,” with big wave surfer Garret McNamara; and Jason Reynolds on the first book in his new middle-grade series titled “Track.”

This conversation was recorded live at Wordstock, Portland’s literary festival.

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