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The Dragon Run

Two Canadians, Ten Bhutanese, One Stray Dog

by Tony Robinson-Smith

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published: Sep 2017
ISBN:9781772123494
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Tony Robinson-Smith, his wife Nadya, and ten Bhutanese college students set out to run 578 kilometres (360 miles) across the Kingdom of Bhutan in the Himalayas. Joined by a stray dog, they slogged over five mountain passes, bathed in ice-clogged streams, ate over log fires, and stopped at every store, restaurant, guesthouse, and dzong to raise money for the Tarayana Foundation. The “Tara-thon” was the first endeavour of its kind and gave 350 village children the chance to go to school. En route, the Long Distance Dozen met a Buddhist lama, a royal prince, a Tibetan renegade, and a matriarch who told them the secret to long life. On arrival in Thimphu, they were decorated by Her Majesty the Queen. In this contemplative memoir, Tony describes Bhutan in rich detail at a transformative period in its history and reflects on tradition, belief, modernization, and happiness.

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About the Author

Tony Robinson-Smith

The peripathetic Tony Robinson-Smith was born in England and has lived and studied in Canada. He has visited 55 countries in his travels and has taught in Canada, Japan, the United States, Bhutan and Morocco.
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Awards
  • Short-listed, WFNB Nonfiction Prize
  • Short-listed, INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards (Adventure & Recreation)
Editorial Review

A worthy addition to the canon of running memoirs. An unprecedented journey across a singular spiritual landscape, enlivened by Robinson-Smith’s keen eye for detail, beautiful prose, and remarkable endurance. A travelogue that takes seriously its responsibility to its hosts. Thoughtful, mindful, compelling.

— Nonfiction Prize, New Brunswick Book Awards

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