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Noel Paine is an avid runner, running dad and author, and he shares here in a Q&A the launch of his first children’s book, Run Daddy Run: For the dads who run and the kids who wait.

Q: What was the process like in writing your first children’s book?

A: Writing the book was a lot of fun as I got to have fun and think about wording that would be fun to read for children – while still explaining from a dad’s perspective.

I really thought about what I would want to say to my daughter about why her daddy runs. I also wrote a little introduction piece at the start speaking directly to dads and the kids.

I had planned to write a more serious book for dads but when this idea popped into my head, I ran with it.

Q: What is the book about and how is your book different from other books?

A: My book is a book about running for dads who run to read to their children. It’s a dad explaining why they run and what they love about it – and why other dads might run.

There are lots of books for kids but I am not sure how many books specifically written for dads who run – they are.

Q: What has the feedback being like?

A: The feedback has been great but it is hard to get the book into book stores and out to let people know it’s available.

There are a lot of dads who run out there but there are so many posts, news feeds, and distractions in the world – well its hard to get people’s attention!

The book is available on Amazon and Running Room has it for sale on their website.

Q: Is there a special section you like in the book?

A: I love the whole book. The illustrations by Evan Raz (a running kid) are amazing and really light up the words.

Q: The book is geared for what ages?

A: The book is simply written with rhythming language so its really aimed at the younger kid who still likes to sit with dad for a story.

Q: What do you want people to get from your book?

A: I want dads to read the introduction and know they are not alone and that being a dad can be both hard and fun.

I want dads to know that by sharing with their kids they can connect, they can share something they love with their children and connect.

I want kids to learn more about their dads and why they lace up and head out the door. I hope people love the writing and the amazing pictures.

Q: What does your daughter Morgane think of your book?

A: My daughter’s first language is French but I think she liked the book. She knows daddy runs as we have spent a lot of time together running with her in the stroller when she was really young.

I think I got her 5-year old approval but sometimes it’s hard to tell.

Q: Where can buy your book and your other books?

A: My book is available on and on Running Room’s website. I am hoping to get in into book stores in 2021.

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