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David Clark with A Story of Ultra Recovery and Kim Vogel Sawyer

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Lessons Learned

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 Twenty-seven thousand athletes ran the last Boston Marathon.  However, one man ran it four times … four times in one day, that is. That man is David Clark, a former 320-pound alcoholic who was also addicted to painkillers.  He's been sober for nearly a decade and credits extreme endurance sports for his path to recovery in his bestselling autobiography, Out There: A Story of Ultra Recovery.   

Clark runs with purpose and his 24 hour, 17 minute Quad Boston (104.8 miles) was no exception. He began his quad marathon in downtown Boston where he ran for people struggling to overcome addiction.  Then he ran to the finish line for people who have conquered addiction.  Then he ran back to the start line for the families of addicts and finally he ran his official race in memory of a Boston girl who died last year of a drug overdose. 

While Clark's life story is about his addiction, his lessons learned easily transfer to others, providing inspiration to never give up despite life's challenges.  

"Healthy mind and body is where I found peace,” says Clark.  "My hope is that people are able to see, through my story, that there are no boundaries to what we can achieve.”  

David Clark is a running coach, sponsored runner, inspirational speaker, and gym owner. Prior to running his Quad Boston, he has competed in some of the most difficult endurance races on the planet. David is considered an elite athlete and is well respected in the national running community.  

For more information, visit: http://thesupermanproject.org 

Also joining us today is author Kim Vogel Sawyer.