Running With Sherman: Becoming a Pack Leader of Dogs and Donkeys

Then one afternoon I got a call from Luis Escobar, who was facing a similar problem, but with shelter dogs. Luis is a highly accomplished ultrarunner in his own right, with victories in several 100-mile races to his credit. I first met him 10 years ago, when he was a member of the “Dream Team” that journeyed into the Copper Canyon in Mexico for the adventure I wrote about in “Born to Run.”

But many people know Luis from a video he posted of teenagers running with shelter dogs, which went viral. Luis is the cross-country coach at Saint Joseph High School in Santa Maria, Calif. And he’s exactly the kind of person you want coaching your child. He’s tough enough to be nicknamed “Sheriff,” yet kind enough to take a boy with…

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