In the mail this afternoon, I received "Running for my Life" written by Lopez (Loepepe) Lomong. I have a huge stack of books waiting to be read and reviewed, but instantly I was drawn to start reading this book. I have always been completely fascinated with the " Lost Boys" of Sudan. In highschool and in college, I had the privledge of getting to know two different lost boys, who had big dreams of becoming doctors and returning to their home country.
I started reading the first 3 chapters earlier this afternoon and upon going to bed, I couldn't help but wonder what would happen to Loepepe, so I started reading and finished in less than 3 hours.
At a very young age, Lopepe was taken from his family to a rebel prison camp where he endured harsh conditions, diseases, malnutrition and the death of other boys. "Three angels", three friends decided to sneak out of the camp and run for their lives. They ran for three days straight until they reached the Kenyan Border Guards who eventually took them to Kakuma, a refugee camp for displaced people. Upon staying at the refugee camp, Lopepe began to learn Swahili and also began to eat, even though it was 1 meal a day. He played soccer and ran a lot. He was always fast, a natural born athlete. One evening he had the opportunity to go and watch the Olympics at a farmers house 5 mile down the road. That is the first time he saw Michael Johnson, world recorder holder for the 400 meter dash. This sparked a dream in Lopepe that took him to Olympics.
More importantly than the Olympics, Loepepe had the opportunity to go and live in American, be adopted into a new family, become a citizen, attend and graduate college, visit him mother and father in Sudan, create a foundation and is currently going to be competing in London! Lopez is amazing man with an amazing story. He even got to meet former president, George Bush and former first lady, Laura Bush.
This book is full of stories and reminders of how blessed we truly are in America. One of my favorites is when his American mother and father were trying to calculate 30km, which = 18 miles to figure out how far Lopez wanted to run. He planned on doing this w/out shoes too. As a runner, I can appreciate this story and appreciate his God given talent to run as fast as he can. I am excited to see what he does this year at the Olympics and am honored to review his book. It is truly remarkable and inspiring for any runner out there!
Thank you to booksneeze for allowing me to review this book. The opinions expressed are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.