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Celebrate NAU cross country book release this week . . . twice!

One week after the Northern Arizona University men and women’s cross country teams swept the prestigious Nuttycombe Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin, it’s fitting that Soulstice Publishing will officially launch its latest book with two author events this weekend in Flagstaff.

Join authors Matt Baxter and Ron Mann as they celebrate the release of Running Up the Mountain: Northern Arizona Altitude, Lumberjack Attitude, and the Building of a Distance Dynasty, a book about the rise of the NAU program and its relationship to this amazing community.

The authors will be at the Student-Athlete High Performance Center at NAU from 2-4 p.m., Friday, October 20, for a Q&A on “Running Up the Mountain for Half a Century: From Humble Beginnings to National Champions,” which will be moderated by Mitch Strohman, the Voice of the Lumberjacks.

NAU President José Luis Cruz Rivera will be in attendance and deliver remarks inside this state-of-the-art facility.

Alumni and other guests will be invited to take a lap around Cardinal Field after the discussion and signing.

On Saturday, October 21, the authors will take part in a Q&A moderated by HOKA NAZ Elite director Ben Rosario at the HOKA NAZ Elite Performance Center, 1000 North Humphreys Street Ste. 200. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the program starts at 5.

Get your book signed, mingle with HOKA athletes and other members of the local running community, and learn about how Matt and Ron worked together to tell the story.

If you’re a Kickstarter backer who gave at a level where you will receive a book(s), you can pick up your signed copy or copies at either of these events.

The HOKA event is free, but please get your “ticket” here because space is limited.

Also, check out Sunday’s High Country Running column here, in which Matt remembers how he and Ron got started on the project that eventually became Running Up the Mountain.
In the words of “Red” Haberlack, who started the NAU cross country program in 1966, both Friday and Saturday will be a “great day to be a Lumberjack.”



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