The Independent Free Papers of America gave me first place “Original Writing Feature Story” for my “Miles to Go” piece in the Advocate — it’s about runner Brandon Cumby. The story basically wrote itself.
In summer 2012 Cumby began training for the Dallas Marathon, but his plans screeched to a halt in August. Cumby cannot cohesively recall anything between July 28 and Aug. 24, he says. But family members and friends help him piece together the events that nearly snuffed out his future … here’s the full story.
This is the second running-related piece that’s won an award. The Society of Features Journalism last year gave me third place overall for my personal essay, published in the Dallas Morning News, about my checkered past and the role running played in my recovery.