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From the editors of Cascade Books and Pickwick Publications at Wipf and Stock Publishers

Marathon Showcase Showdown—Guess Time, Win Book!

On Sunday, October 4th, at 7:00am Pacific, I’ll attempt to complete my seventh marathon. It’s the first marathon I’ve run in seven years, and I’m excited about running around Portland, especially up and over the historic St. John’s bridge (though I might reconsider my enthusiasm for the bridge when I’m climbing it around 17 miles in).


As the date gets nearer, I’ve been thinking more and more about all of the training, the race details, what to eat, what not to eat, etc. My watch reminds me every day how close I am to the event.


When not running, I’ve been very busy lately in my capacity as an editor finalizing work on books for the Evangelical Theological Society, the American Academy of Religion, and the Society of Biblical Literature. One of the books I’ve really enjoyed proofreading is Barry Harvey’s forthcoming Taking Hold of the Real: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Profound Worldliness of Christianity (Cascade Books).


Barry’s book is not only a major contribution to Bonhoeffer studies, but also a significant contribution to the conversation about what it means to live as faithful Christians in a “world come of age.”

Since I’ve had my marathon and Barry’s book on my mind a lot lately, I thought I’d combine them into something fun and promotional with my blog post today.

Wipf and Stock will give a free copy of Barry’s book to the person who comes the closest to guessing my marathon finishing time in hours and minutes. (Barry has given his thumbs up to the idea: “What do they say in Hollywood? There’s no such thing as bad publicity? There is probably is, but your idea sounds good to me. Go for it!”).

Details: Place your entry in a comment on this blog post; one entry per person. Price is Right rules in effect, meaning you have to guess a time faster than or equal to my finishing time in order to win. So if I break the world record and run a 2 hour marathon, tough luck if you guessed 2:01 (though thanks for the vote of confidence!). The only exception will be if I DNF (“did not finish”), in which case whoever picks the slowest time wins! All entries must be submitted before 7am Pacific Sunday morning.

Our marketing director, James Stock, suggested we award a number of prizes, but I will let him determine what they are. Perhaps we’ll give away multiple copies, or perhaps copies of other exciting forthcoming titles, to runners up.


  1. Charlie, I am going to predict a running time of 3:05. Keep in mind I know little about marathons so if I’ve overshot it, no offense intended! Good luck!

  2. My guess is 3 hours 45 minutes. 🙂

  3. Bradley Burroughs

    October 2, 2015 at 10:19 am

    It’s tempting to go for the equivalent of the $1 bid by guessing something like 20 hours. But I’ll go with 3:20.

  4. 4:10

  5. 3 hrs. 25mins. 3 sec.

    have fun running while I put a 0.0 sticker on my car.

  6. 2 hours.

  7. Richard Heyduck

    October 3, 2015 at 4:59 am


  8. 3:38

  9. I’m game. 4hrs 20min, guessing on average a 10min mile… may be one day, I’ll venture for a half marathon but nowadays I struggle with a 5k run

  10. 3:45

  11. 4:03:16 ^~^!

  12. Duncan McDonell

    October 3, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    May the Lord bless you with a time of 2:35:57

  13. Charlie Collier

    October 3, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Thanks to all for their entries. I’m confident that, unless some achilles tendonitis I developed in training comes back with a vengeance, y’all have my finishing time surrounded! I appreciate the participation, and I’ll let you know how it all turns out. Whatever the case may be, I hope you’ll have a look at Barry’s forthcoming book on Bonhoeffer!

  14. 3:52

  15. Charlie Collier

    October 4, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Results are in:

    We’ll review the entries and clarify the winners and the prizes sometime this coming week. Looks like at least Bradley Burroughs is a winner. Well done, Bradley!

    Thanks again to everyone for playing!!

  16. Charlie Collier

    October 4, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    That link didn’t work like I thought it would. My time was 3:24.05.

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