"When I was younger, I thought Albert Einstein was the world's only real genius and his famous equation, E=MC2, was the proof of his genius. Now I am older and wiser, and I realize genius takes many forms.
"The book in your hands is a work of genius, for example.
"I say this with certainty because this is the first book to recognize that we must begin to teach our kids about good health and nutrition at a very early age. When we wait longer, as we have for too long, we end up raising kids who are overweight and out-of-shape, as the daily newspapers now tell us almost every morning. Others will soon wake up and produce more books and videos to encourage kids' fitness, but this will always be the first, and I dare say it will be difficult for anyone else to improve upon it.
"This book couldn't have come into existence without the genius of Carol Goodrow. I have known Carol for a half-dozen years, and I have been continually amazed at her energy, intelligence, and, most important of all, her good heart. She has astounded me with the boundless enthusiasm she has poured into her Web site, (...). It is a fun and info-packed place for youngsters to learn about running and good health.
"This book is all that, and more. Part of Carol's genius is the way she integrates fitness with the traditional school subjects. When your kids use this book, often with you at their side, they won't just get healthier. They'll also practice basic counting skills, and write short stories about food, exercise, and the outside environment.
"A number of research studies have shown that aerobic exercise floods the brain with oxygen, unlocking its creativity. Carol uses this simple, scientific fact to help you raise a healthier and faster-learning child. You could hardly ask for more.
"I hope you'll open this book often with your child. You'll both be glad you did. And you'll continue to see the benefits for many years to come-perhaps even a lifetime."
-- Amby Burfoot
Executive Editor, Runner's World Magazine
Boston Marathon Winner, 1968