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Into the Furnace

“Into The Furnace is the story of the people who conquered one of the most extreme and audacious endurance challenges on the planet. It is an inspiring and well-written story that is highly entertaining and hard to put down. It may even motivate you to do something epic with your life. This is a must-read for anyone seeking meaning in our digital age.”

Karl Hoaglund, Editor and Publisher of UltraRunning Magazine

“Once again, Cory does a great job of bringing the humility, humor, and ridiculousness of this sport to print. He walks us through the steps of outright dismissal, to showing some morbid interest, and all the way to obsession with Badwater in a way that most endurance athletes can understand and relate to. If you’re comfortable getting out of your comfort zone, you won’t want to put this book down.”

Eric Schranz,

“Likeable, funny, and real, Cory Reese has quickly become a household name in the fast-growing world of ultrarunning. Cory's new book, Into the Furnace, brings to life one of our sport's marquee events, the Badwater Ultramarathon, a 135-mile epic in one of the hottest places in the world. Cory shows through his own actions that normal people can do almost anything, that suffering by choice has a place in making one a better person, and that we can actually have some fun along the way. And he uses this book to teach us how to do just that!”

Travis Macy, coach, athlete, speaker, and author of The Ultra Mindset

“What distinguishes Into the Furnace from other endurance narratives is the author. Cory Reese is a true everyman, a modern-day Don Quixote with more gumption than talent. His story of taking on the world's toughest footrace is scarier, funnier, and more inspiring because he could be you.”

Matt Fitzgerald, author of The Endurance Diet

Nowhere Near First

Cory Reese’s book “Nowhere Near First” is an immensely entertaining and profoundly educational story about overcoming challenges to forge a meaningful life. As it recounts his ultrarunning exploits in funny and insightful ways, his story and experiences are universal and relevant to all readers as they pursue their dreams and face the inevitable suffering and setbacks along the way. Reese’s story is must-read for people looking to find meaning and purpose in modern day society, and as they choose the paths and actions that will define the 21st century. Read this book - you will enjoy it and it will make the world a better place for everyone.

~ Karl Hoagland, Publisher, UltraRunning Magazine

Cory mixes his unmistakable humor and detail into a few dozen short chapters that can be read all at once or spread out over time. From his tear-jerking teenage years with his father to running races dressed as Mexican wrestlers to the fine art of balancing ultra-training and family life, Cory paints a real-life picture of a normal, passionate guy in a crazy sport filled with other fun characters. If you're just starting out on your running path, you'll have a better understanding of what you're getting into, and if you're a grizzled ultra veteran, you'll connect to the details and emotions of this wacky sport.

~ Eric Schranz, Host,

"Nowhere Near First is a book about an ordinary guy doing extraordinary things. The point isn't just Cory. The point is you can actually do this yourself."

Vanessa Runs, Author of The Summit Seeker and Daughters of Distance

Ultramarathons have a way of stripping you bare. All the outside layers are peeled away like an onion and you are left alone with your doubts and fears and a finish line that feels like an eternity away. But step after step, minute after minute, hour after hour that finish line gets closer. And when you find it, all the doubts and fears vanish, replaced by triumph.