We are hugely grateful to the contributors that help us make each edition of the magazine. Without their imagination and generosity LtW wouldn’t exist. Our thanks go out to the writers, but also to the illustrators who create the beautiful images that accompany our stories.

We recently spoke to Madeline Cummings, a Canadian journalist and lifelong distance runner, whose work was featured in issues #7 of the magazine. She told us the story behind her piece and gave us an insight into what fuels her to run.

LTW: What’s special about your work?
MC: I try to write true stories that make you think about people and places in new ways.

LTW: Tell us about your work that we published in Like the Wind.
MC: ‘Like A Buffalo’ is a travel memoir about cross-country running, the city of Boulder, and Chris Lear’s book, ‘Running with the Buffaloes’. In revisiting Lear’s cult classic in Boulder I tried to show how running – and reading – can bring people closer together.

LTW: What would your ultimate adventure be?
MC: Mountain-running in Norway.

LTW: What is your favourite running moment?
MC: I led from the gun recklessly during a city cross-country race in Grade 6 and ran straight past the first turn from the beach to the trail. Luckily my dad was right there on the course and made sure I turned around and caught up to the pack.

LTW: Do you have a favourite running quote?
MC: “Running! If there’s any activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I can’t think of what it might be. In running the mind flees with the body, the mysterious efflorescence of language seems to pulse in the brain, in rhythm with our feet and the swinging of our arms.” Joyce Carol Oates



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