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June 27th | DEBS’ Book Club

June 27, 2023 @ 7:15 pm - 8:00 pm

"46 Days: A Story of Frank Giannino's Record-Breaking Run Across America"  by Kevin Gleason


The Debs are very excited to host a zoom session with Frank Giannino who ran across America TWICE in 1979 and 1980! You can read his book or just join in to ask questions and hear about his journeys across the U.S.

"Frank Giannino wasn’t the best runner in high school, not even close. He was too anxious, too uncertain, choking in nearly every big track meet. He sought attention as a chatterbox and showman, waving snakes at his oldest sister’s friends while victimized by self-doubt that started in childhood and formed thick layers through adolescence and into adulthood. He had no idea what he wanted to do with his life. Frank only knew with certainty that he could run. He could run miles and miles without tiring or suffering. In town for the 1978 Boston Marathon, a book jumped off the shelf at him. My Run Across the United States chronicled Don Shepherd’s story of running from Los Angeles to New York in 1964. Suddenly, Frank had a goal. But running across America wasn’t enough for him. He needed to squash his battle with insecurity. He needed to break the world record for fastest transcontinental crossing on foot. When Frank failed to break the record on his first try, he set out for his second crossing sixteen months later. It was an ordeal that would last 46 Days and remain a dominant factor for three ensuing decades that were laced with pain while he chased a greater goal: Happiness."

Frank is a friend of Deb Saat's while attending the University of Oregon back in the '70's and we are very excited to have him speak about his wild adventures running across the U.S. We hope you can join our zoom session - from either the back room at Fred's Restaurant with a group or from wherever you choose. When registering, please note how you plan on participating.

What: DEBS' Book Club

When: Tuesday, June 27th, 2023: 6:30pm for those meeting at Fred's and 7:00pm for Zoom event

Group Zoom will be held at: Fred's

476 Amsterdam Ave (83rd St), New York, NY 10024

Or join via ZOOM at 7:00 PM on your own. 


OR Join Zoom Meeting by copying/pasting this link into your browser:

Meeting ID: 810 1326 6699

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Hosts: Debi Unger & Deb Saat

Open to Members and Non-Members

If you want to read his book before the event, you can order it in paperback (New or Used) HERE

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June 27, 2023
7:15 pm - 8:00 pm
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Debi Unger