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7-7 Book-signing: Stephen Heidenreich’s “Running to Win: Strategies to Triumph in Record Time”

July 7, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

DDR Books is thrilled to host nine authors with South Dakota ties for book signings this summer. Find the Calendar of Events on our website (ddrbooks.com), Twitter (@ddrbooks), Facebook (DDR Books), Instagram (DDR Books), and sign up for our email newsletter at ddrbooks@wat.midco.net.

Order your books in advance by calling us at 605.878.0418, emailing ddrbooks@wat.midco.net, or stopping in the store. Hours are M-F 10-5:30 & Sat 10-4. All events will take place at DDR Books, 7 S. Maple, Watertown.

Our sixth visiting author of the summer is Watertown native Stephen Heidenreich, who used harrowing challenges in his life to learn how not just to meet his own goals, but to help others find their own success. In Running to Win: Strategies to Triumph in Record Time, readers learn how to excel in athletics, academics, or both. This inspirational book teaches step-by-step strategies, tools, and habits for long-term optimal performance in business or in life.

Heidenreich gained local fame as Watertown’s greatest miler in its track-and-field history, breaking the four-minute mark eight times following his tenure at WHS (1967-1971). In 1976, while training for the Olympic Team, he was struck by a hit-and-run driver. Heidenreich was left with the mental faculty of a two-year-old child, and doctors gave him a five-percent chance to live, predicting he would never attend college or run competitively again.

Heidenreich applied effective strategies, successful training techniques, and leadership skills to the physical and mental tests of the accident’s damage. Stephen said to his mom, “Do they know who they are talking to? I’m Stephen Heidenreich. Don’t tell me what I can’t do–I will complete college and compete again.”

Heidenreich was not only able to regain his life but went on to complete his undergraduate degree, an MBA, and train for the 1980 Olympic team; he also later coached several successful high-school cross-country and track athletes around the USA. Currently, he travels the country sharing his inspirational story and presenting Yoga for Runners workshops for traumatic-brain-injury and post-traumatic-stress survivors.


Wed., JULY 7                 7-9p

        STEPHEN HEIDENREICH        Running to Win: Strategies to Triumph in Record Time

Wed., JULY 14              7-9p             

        CHRISTINE STEWART-NUÑEZ        The Poet & The Architect and South Dakota in Poems

Sat., AUGUST 7             1-2:30p

        PEN PEARSON        Bloomsbury’s Late Rose

Sat., AUGUST 21          1-2:30p        

        KRIS AMUNDSON        81 Questions for Parents: Helping Your Kids Succeed in School

Be sure to check back after each signing for the details of the next event. DDR Books kindly asks that unvaccinated patrons wear a face mask for everyone’s safety, and social distancing will be implemented. All CDC recommendations will be followed. Refreshments will be provided.


July 7, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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