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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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Why was writing the book so important to you?

I believe that I have a message to share with those who need some form of motivation.

What was the writing/creative process like?

The writing process was very rewarding, although it took several months to fully develop the contents in the book.

How did you come up with the title?

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

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I have been writing articles for various magazines and journals for many years.

What books do you believe influenced you in your life?

Many books about running and education have influenced me.

Can you describe a typical day for you?

A typical day for me involves performing my job as Executive Director of a teacher staff development center followed by a late afternoon run of six to eight miles.


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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