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running with a
police escort

In the fall of 2012, quirky and cat-loving Cleveland librarian Jill Grunenwald got an alarming email from her younger sister: her sister was very concerned with Jill’s overall mental and physical health. Having always struggled with her weight, Jill looked in the mirror and decided that she needed to make a lifestyle change, pronto. She enrolled in Weight Watchers and did something else that she—the girl who avoided gym class like the plague in high school—never thought she’d do; Jill started running. And believe it or not, it wasn’t that bad. Actually, it was kind of fun.

Three months later, Jill did the previously unthinkable and ran her very first 5k at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Battling the infamous hills of the course, Jill conquered her fears and finished—but in dead last. Yep, the police were reopening the streets behind her. But Jill didn’t let that get her down—because when you run for your health and happiness, your only real competition is yourself.

Six years later, Jill is a proud member of the back of the pack in every race that she has entered. In Running with a Police Escort, Jill chronicles her racing adventures, proving that being a slow runner takes just as much guts and heart as being an Olympic champion. At turns heartbreaking and hilarious, Running with a Police Escort is for every runner who has never won a race but still loves the sport.

praise for running with a police escort

"A stylish and sparkly writer."

—The New York Times

"Running With a Police Escort made me feel better about my own slow runs."

—Jennifer Weiner

"Positive and sassy, a fun voice to read with an inspiring tale to tell." 

—Women's Running Magazine

"Grunenwald’s chatty, confessional style will entertain readers." 


"For everyone who's ever said they're too heavy to run, Jill's memoir is here to prove you wrong."

—Family Circle​​

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