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Award-Winning Memoir Chronicles Author's Seemingly-Impossible 212-Mile Run of John Muir Trail; Daring Readers to "Step Into Their Own Greatness"

While exploring the limits of the world, Josh Mathe was forced to both face and conquer the demons that marked the limits of his own existence. ‘In the Footsteps of Greatness’ tells the story of Mathe’s bold decision to run the entire 212-mile length of the John Muir Trail, a life-changing test against all odds that helped him redefine every strand of his soul and smash through his self-imposed limitations. Through an adventure that is both gripping and uplifting, Mathe hopes to inspire one million readers to “step into their own greatness”; a mission already gathering pace through multiple coveted book awards and Amazon’s prestigious ‘bestseller’ seal. It’s time to toss that comfort zone to the side…as Mathe becomes the guide to one life-changing read.


Sacramento, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/14/2015 -- Like thousands of others, Josh Mathe had twice tried to hike the John Muir Trail, and spectacularly failed. But as a renowned fitness expert, nutritionist and endurance athlete, Mathe was determined to quash his self-imposed limitations and try the 212-mile epic feat one more time……by running it.

While the run took Mathe from the shady depths of Yosemite Valley to the top of the 14,505" Mount Whitney, the demons and harsh truths about himself that he conquered along the way defined the adventure's boldest achievement. With an empowering story to tell, Mathe has compiled his story into a fascinating memoir and potentially life-changing challenge for his readers.

'In the Footsteps of Greatness' depicts the author's unbelievable adventure of mind, body and soul; a showcase of the human condition's responses to fear, wisdom and ultimately hope. But the volume transcends a thoroughbred memoir to leave readers with their own call to action – to step into their own greatness and dare to say "I will".


In the Footsteps of Greatness is now a two-time award-winner and Amazon Best Seller ... Having attempted and failed to traverse the entire 212-mile John Muir Trail twice before, Josh Mathe decided to brave the Sierra Nevada wilderness one last time. And to up the ante, this time he would try to run! In the Footsteps of Greatness is an inspirational and refreshingly authentic account of what Josh found while exploring his limits on the edge of the world. From the shady depths of Yosemite Valley to the top of 14,505 Mount Whitney through some of the most treacherous and starkly beautiful terrain on the planet, this memoir is both a thrilling adventure (complete with bear encounters and snowstorms) as well as a poignant look into the mind and spirit of an athlete who is nothing if not human.

"Like millions of others, my life had been torn up and stagnated by the wreckage of self-imposed roadblocks. I decided enough was enough, and that it was time for me to step into the light that had been shining up ahead for so long," explains Mathe. "This trip almost designed itself to compel me to change."

Continuing, "But to complete the trip, I had to face the toughest challenge of my life, which was conquering the demons that had previously been holding me back. My story proves that it can be done, and I am now on a mission to push one million people into stepping out of their own comfort zones and daring change that they never thought possible."

To date the book has won numerous awards, including First place in the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards, Best Inspirational Book, Best New Author, and placed as a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards. Mathe was also named "One of the 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading" by the Author's Show.

Readers have left a string of rave reviews, including some by prestigious adventurers. Dean Karnazes, best-sellling author and one of Time magazines 100 Most Influential People states, "I quite enjoyed reading about your adventure – and living vicariously through your footsteps! Very nicely done!"

Rob Lilwall, National Geographic explorer and author of 'Cycling Home From Sibera' says, "Josh set out on an epic run along the John Muir Trail, and his written a vivid, thoughtful, and moving account of what he went through. Good days, bad days, beauty, and pain, Josh bring the experience of a long-distance athlete to life with a personal touch that made me want to pull out my old maps and hiking boots and head for the hills."

Danny Zweier comments, ""In the Footsteps of Greatness" was an incredibly entertaining and informative read. Mathe does a succinct job of bringing you into the psyche of an ultra-endurance athlete in terms of training and nutrition. I felt the awe and inspiring nature of the backcountry through his words."

Mary E. Greene adds, "Such a great adventure, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Well written, funny, engaging."

Gary Yeatts writes, "This is an inspiring, must read book. Once started it is hard to put down."

'In the Footsteps of Greatness', from 3L Publishing, is available now: http://bit.ly/ITFOGPOC

About Josh Mathe
Josh Mathe is passionate about squeezing every last drop from life, and helping others do the same. He is a speaker, author, fitness expert, nutritionist, ultra-endurance athlete, and life adventurer. When he is not speaking at events or running through the wilderness, Josh works with individual clients as the owner of One10 Performance & Nutrition and the Executive Director for the Sustainable Health Institute. Josh holds a Master's of Science in Human Nutrition, and is a certified sports nutritionist (CISSN), Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), and run coach.

Living by a mantra his wife actually coined - In order to know your limits you must be willing to test them - Josh is always engaged in one adventure or another. He has completed the John Muir Trail in under 7 days, qualified for multiple Olympic distance triathlon National Championships, finished an Ironman, won trail running races, and engaged in countless other excuses to make "work" play. Up next he plans to complete a multi-continent running documentary.