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Now you can take THE SLUMMER on the road (or trail)!

“This is the first running book I've read that I think,  wow  this is like peeking into my brain and my way of thinking.

I will be reading it again and again.”


Former US Record Holder - 10km (26:59.60)

Amazon #1 Best Seller: Track & Field
United States, United Kingdom, Canada, & Australia


The Slummer: Quarters Till Death

An impoverished runner, from an era of prolific genetic engineering, chases his dream of the 5000-meter national title.

In 2083, Benjamin Brandt is among the millions of “slummers” who are relegated to poverty and struggle on the outskirts of society. As a minority growing up in the gritty underbelly of Cleveland’s Industrial Valley, Ben sees the way genetically designed “elites” live only from a distance: from the shadows of public spaces people like him are forbidden to use, and on TV, where he watches the enhanced athletes compete at an extraordinary level. For years, a national track championship has inspired Ben to ferociously cultivate his own talent as a runner.

As Ben logs miles through the potholed, darkened streets of his community, an idea takes hold of him that could turn his highly stratified society upside down. He isn’t prepared to lead a revolution; however, he is prepared to run like a slummer with nothing to lose.

5-Star Review ★★★★★ Brilliantly Written

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“Lace up for a powerful story of commitment, loss, aspiration and an unlikely challenger of systematic oppression.”


3x US Olympic Coach - Triathlon

“I couldn't help but lace up my shoes and go for a run.”


“The Slummer's inspiring story pits the indomitable spirit of a runner against economic disparity and genetic engineering in a believable, dystopian tomorrow.”


Geoffrey Simpson - author of The Slummer - a running novel

Dear Reader,

As an author and former competitive runner, The Slummer comes from deep within. A runner’s passion matched with an author’s craft. I feel that it is my calling to give back to the community which has provided for me throughout my lifetime… to give back in the form of fiction. 

Join the thousands of other readers and runners who have found a piece of themselves within these pages… Inspired… Motivated.   

Forever Running,


- What People Are Saying? -

“Not ashamed to say I cried through the last 3 chapters. Incredible!”

“This is a great running book. George Orwell meets John L. Parker Jr.”

“The best running fiction I’ve read since the infamous Once a Runner.”

“Hold on tight as it is quite the rollercoaster at the end.”

“As I neared the end I had to slow it down cause I didn't want the story to end.”

“I have placed it on my bookshelf next to Once A Runner. The highest praise for a running book.”

“I must say that I had a hard time keeping my eyes dry during many chapters of this book.”

“Great read. It inspires me to keep running & enjoy it to the max.”

Coming Soon:

The Slummer Sequel

(Fall 2022)

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