Tucson’s own Abdi Abdirahman will be signing copies of his new book from 5–7 p.m., Friday, December 3, at the Tucson Marathon Race Expo at the El Conquistador Resort.
Fresh off his unprecedented fifth Olympic appearance and a master’s win at the Boston Marathon, Abdi also released his autobiography this fall, Abdi’s World: The Black Cactus on Life, Running, and Fun. It’s the perfect gift for any runner on your holiday shopping list.
Everyone is invited to the signing, whether or not you’re registered for the marathon’s 50th anniversary events this weekend. Copies of Abdi’s World will be available for sale on site.
Abdi’s World is not just a recounting of Abdi’s racing accomplishments, which includes being the only five-time American Olympic male distance runner and the American master’s record holder in the marathon. Abdi also shares his experience escaping civil war in Somalia with his family when he was a teenager, discovering his love of running very much by accident while at Pima Community College, and becoming an All-American at the University of Arizona under his long-time coach David Murray.
Above all, the book spreads Abdi’s infectious joy of life and running and a message of unity that will inspire runners and non-runners alike.
“Abdi has a ‘go-big’ approach to life and running, and now readers will get to experience his positive mindset firsthand.”
–Meb Keflezighi, 2009 New York City Marathon winner, 2014 Boston Marathon winner