Interview with Joe Sinclair, author of 'Putting Life on the Finish Line'

3 years ago


Putting Life on the Finishing Line


When author Joe Sinclair turned sixty-two years old, he began his quest to run as many marathons as possible. Less than five years later, he has logged more than four thousand miles, participating in more than 150 marathons. In his memoir, Putting Life on the Finish Line, he tells his life story from his early years through his late sixties and details how he achieved his running goals.

Sinclair shares running’s rewards and challenges—crossing the finish line at the toughest marathon in America run entirely on asphalt; completing three marathons in three days in the hot July weather; fighting off attacks by vicious dogs during a lonely, rural, mountain marathon; and helping a struggling young marathoner achieve his very first marathon finish.

Offering personal secrets for success, tips and tricks, nutritional and fitness plans, pre-race plans, and inspiring stories, Putting Life on the Finish Line provides encouragement for those who believe they are too old to accomplish a dream. It shows that personal health and fitness is attainable at any age.

Can you please tell us a little about Putting Life on the Finish Line?

This book is a guide for those interested in staying physically active, and written by a long distance endurance athlete with a passion or running.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Organizing the different chapters.

Do you have a favorite excerpt from the book? If so, could you please share it with us?

I would love to run forever! Only God knows when that last marathon will come for me, but if the streets of Heaven are paved with gold, maybe one day you'll find me running there!

What was your writing process while writing this book? 

Putting the book into everyday language which combines seriousness and humor to provide help for others.

What do you hope readers will take away after reading the book? 

It is never too late in life to set goals for yourself.

Who or what was the inspiration for the book? 

My running friends from all ages and backgrounds inspired me to write this book.

Have you had a mentor? If so, can you talk about them a little? 

There have been many mentors in my running life.

I have heard it said in order to be a good writer, you have to be a reader as well? Do you find this to be true? And if you are a reader, do you have a favorite genre and/or author? 

I enjoy reading non-fiction books and articles about interesting people and events – especially in the running world.

Is there anything else you would like to share? 

This book combines my life events with recommendations and suggestions for running and fitness.


Joe Sinclair has had an education career that spanned more than forty-five years. He served as superintendent of schools in various North Carolina districts for more than twenty years. In 1992, he was selected as North Carolina’s Superintendent of the Year. He and his wife, Claryce, live in Statesville, North Carolina.

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