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The perfect gift for any runner!

“I love this story and wish it for everybody.”
BILL RODGERS, American Marathon Legend

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Coming of Age

“Just when you think it can't get more hilarious, it does.”

2023 READERS' FAVORITE 5-Star Review ★★★★★

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The reviews speak for themselves

“Recker showcases his story telling talent by crafting a humorous tribute to the angst of growing up that is both entertaining and heartwarming while capturing the spirit of running through generations.”
JEAN KNAACK, CEO – Road Runners Club of America 

The Humiliation Tour is a Trials of Job story of a young runner suffering through an almost unending tragic-comic events on his path to adulthood. Even non-runners will find it a page turner.”

BENJI DURDEN, 1980 USA Olympic Marathoner, 1983 USA World Championship Marathoner

“Heartwarming and inspiring. It’s a laugh out loud, what’s going to happen next, page turner. My favorite read of the year.”

KIRK APT, Former course record holder of Hardrock 100 Mile Endurance Run


“Hugely entertaining coming-of-age story of an endearing young man you will find yourself cheering out loud for.  Billy's epic journey is equal parts hilarious, poignant, insightful and captivating. You don't need to be a runner to enjoy!”
MAUREEN CUSTY-ROBEN, Former #1 ranked US marathoner

“A fantastical coming of age running novel which will make you laugh, cringe, and cry.”
JESSICA GRIFFITHS, Colorado Runner Magazine

“Writing comedy is an ultra-rare skill. Recker has it in spades.”

GEOFFREY SIMPSON, Author of The Slummer: Quarters Till Death


Jeffrey Recker

Author of

The Humiliation Tour

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Book  :  The Humiliation Tour

Author  :  Jeffrey Recker

Publisher ‏ : ‎ BarkingBoxer Press
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-3-9822801-6-5 



The Tall Tale of Billy Ball


In this humorously poignant coming-of-age story, a star high school cross-country runner finds himself the subject of a humiliating life. Billy, entangled in a web of bureaucratic idiocy and in trouble with the law, enters into a quirky and tumultuous relationship with his attorney, and later with a saucy pink-haired co-worker, only to discover his empty pursuits mask his real struggles and the angst of growing up.


Percolating within him, he comes to realize the one true love of his life—his childhood best friend. He uncovers his athletic potential with her support, and the haunts of an ancestor who had a similar gift. Through his great grandfather’s story—one of unfinished business played out during the Great Depression—Billy is led back to race on the world’s grandest stage…Boston.

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