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A thrilling book that gives readers a peek into running 135 miles across Death Valley during Badwater - the world's toughest race.
A thrilling book that gives readers a peek into running 135 miles across Death Valley during Badwater - the world's toughest race.
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Into The Furnace is a book about Badwater, the 135 mile race across Death Valley. It is a book about taking chances. It’s a book about suffering. It’s a book about bravery and hope and courage. It’s a book about a one-eyed mule, and heartbreak, and a sweating nun in the middle of the desert. It’s about an unlikely selfie that changed the history of running. It’s about passion, and dreams, and how to keep fighting even when those passions and dreams leave you throwing up on the side of the road with an utterly demolished mind, body, and spirit. And, yeah, it’s also about running.

Simply stated, it’s a book about how to survive when life turns up the heat and throws you into the furnace.

Into The Furnace shares my experience running Badwater, as well as other captivating experiences people have had during this epic adventure. I also had the honor of spending time with ultrarunning pioneer Al Arnold, the first person to run across Death Valley. Those experiences, and my time with him are in the book too.

Dean Karnazes wrote the forward for the book. And I brought on acclaimed writer Luke Thoreson who helped take this book to a whole new level. 

I'm so excited about this book that I'll offer a double-your-money-back guarantee that you'll love Into The Furnace. I'm hoping Into The Furnace will make you laugh. Parts of it might make you cry. When all is said and done, I hope you finish the book feeling inspired to go tackle something crazy and amazing.

Why Kickstarter? 
Your funding will help cover the cost of graphic design, editing, formatting, and printing. Kickstarter gives you the option to get the book earlier than its release on Amazon and Kindle. Plus it gives you the option to get a signed book or other unique rewards such as this SWEET Boco technical trucker hat!

Thank you so, so much for your support of this adventure! Are you wanting to back this project? Well, then, consider this a gigantic virtual hug. If you were standing here right now, I’d give you a high five and a homemade cinnamon roll. I hope the universe rewards you with good karma in the form of a pot of gold in your backyard, toenails that never turn black after long runs, and a baby pet unicorn.

Here's what people are saying about Into The Furnace

“Hard isn’t hard enough for those who compete in the Badwater Ultramarathon. With Cory Reese as your guide, peer inside the heads and hearts of these tough-minded athletes. Into the Furnace is a stirring and gratifying read. I highly recommend it!”  
~ Jim Afremow, author of The Champion’s Mind

“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 Hoagland, Publisher and Editor 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, UltrarunnerPodcast.com 

“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 and How Bad Do You Want It

Risks and challenges

The book is written and has been submitted to the printer. It has also been formatted for e-book. The audio book will be recorded by the time pre-orders end unless I get strep throat that lasts a month. (If that happens, I'll be drinking my weight in pina colada Slurpees.)

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    The Box Set!

    A signed copy of Into The Furnace. Plus an e-book. Plus the audio book. A hat too. And how about a signed copy of Nowhere Near First. Plus I’ll send you one of my signed piano albums. (Music has been streamed nearly 2 million times on Spotify alone.)

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    A signed copy of Into The Furnace plus an e-book. You’ll also receive a unique flash drive with lots of surprises. Maybe some of my favorite landscape pictures I’ve taken over the years. Maybe a video clip of new piano music I’m working on. Maybe my list of Books To Read Before You Die. Maybe our favorite family recipes. It’s a surprise. And every flash drive will be different.

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