Long before Cory Reese strapped on his first pair of running shoes, he learned the key to being a successful ultrarunner: he knew how to suffer.

In Nowhere Near First, Cory shares his deeply personal story about experiencing his father’s suicide at a young age, and how this experience led to a career in endurance running and a desire to live life to the fullest.

Nowhere Near First is a humorous, captivating, and uplifting account of Cory’s memorable ultramarathon experiences. Not only does Cory’s entertaining and powerful writing allow readers a unique perspective into the challenges and rewards of running, but it also inspires each of us to turn tragedy into triumph. 

"Cory Reese writes with humor, humbleness and honesty. His story is both uplifting and real, and his tales of persistence and perseverance are sure to inspire, whether you’re at the front of the pack or nowhere near first. Regardless of the title, this book’s a winner!"

Dean Karnazes, author of Ultramarathon Man

Mile 109 of Badwater in the scorching heat of Death Valley!! I'm sure this brief appearance of the hideous cat unitard made runners think they were hallucinating.After around 10 hours of running at Badwater the sun began to rise. I happened to be in the perfect spot to watch the sun light up these sand dunes in Death Valley.I finished Badwater, the 135 mile race across Death Valley. I have never, ever been so deep inside the pain cave. Arriving at the finish line was one of the happiest moments of my life.I can't believe it's here. BADWATER STARTS TODAY!!! I'm equal parts terrified and excited for this 135 mile run through Death Valley. Can't wait!This is Badwater Basin in Death Valley. In six days I'll be starting Badwater, a 135 mile run through Death Valley. This race is going to justify a RIDICULOUS amount of Ben & Jerry's!Peeps - my new book is now available for preorder! Check out Nowhere Near First on Kickstarter for more info on the book and to preorder.Such an honor to be on the cover of this month's issue of UltraRunning Magazine. Huge props to Alex Chamberlain for taking this sweet shot!The best sunsets are the ones from the trail.

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