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Volume VII Number 11 . . . . February 2, 2001
Noah's plan to fight the dust seemed simple. He would start the race as close to the front as possible, and stay near the front for the first 600 meters on the track. Then, when the dust settled behind them, he would slow his pace and jog the rest of the course. He thought it sounded great. When the starting signal sounded, Noah stood in the third row back, beside Diane. Immediately, they moved forward. For the first strides, the runners were packed so closely together that one mistake would trip a dozen. Noah focused on his footing. He had little time to think of his pace. There was no chance to think of falling back. The tide of runners carried him.Fast Finish is a book about courage. By becoming a runner, Noah fights to find his place in life and work through the death of his father. He gains self-confidence and begins to see what it means to be a winner. He has a choice: to give himself a chance to be a runner, or to be satisfied with knowing that he could be a great runner.
A crisis in the life of someone for whom he cares greatly causes Noah to quit running, the one thing that he feels he is good at. Who is he trying to punish? His coach or himself? He must overcome the past in order to succeed and win the provincial finals, an event for which he has worked so hard to qualify.
Stephanie Yamniuk works at the University of Manitoba and is a freelance writer.
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