Chris McCubbins: Running the Distance


Joe Mackintosh

About the book

From biographer Joe Mackintosh comes a second work of non-fiction, an inspirational and heart-rending story of an icon in the world of running.

As an elite All-America runner from Oklahoma, Chris McCubbins won the gold medal in the 3000-metre steeplechase at Winnipeg’s 1967 Pan American Games attaining a time that placed him among the world’s best. After serving as a member of the U.S. Army’s Modern Pentathlon Team, Chris moved to Winnipeg in 1970 bringing his passion for running, his enthusiasm for coaching and his rigorous training regimes. In 1975, Chris set a Manitoban record in the 10,000-metre race that still stands today.

Chris’s story is much more than running. He was a caring teacher and a tireless advocate for the less-privileged youth. He also fought a final battle with leukemia, in itself a hope-inspiring story for people with the disease and their loved ones.

About the author

Joe Mackintosh is a writer and musician. He strives for a cadence and a voice in his writing that mirrors the rhythm of his music. His first biography, Andy De Jarlis The Life and Music of an Old-Time Fiddler was short-listed for the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Non-Fiction Award. He met Chris McCubbins on a July 1967 evening after Chris had won the Pan Am gold medal in the 3000-metre steeplechase. Joe was ever after impressed by Chris’ athletic talents and by his honest, humorous, and humble approach to life. Joe and his wife Carole live in Gimli, Manitoba, next to the sights and sounds of Lake Winnipeg.

200 pp, 5.5″x8.5″