“A revealing and unexpected plot twist of what compelled a top international model to ditch the limelight and jet setting lifestyle of high fashion to pursue a life of self-discovery at the frontiers of human endurance.”
"It is often said that running is a clear metaphor of life. In his very own way Michele has made running the element capable of guiding him into a completely new dimension. If endurance is a sport dominated by fatigue, sacrifice and dedication, the stories contained in these pages, sometimes raw and others compelling, show that for him running was first of all the way to change the direction of his life and ultimately regain inner freedom."
"An honest and compelling story that offers a true insight into the life journey of one of the most extreme ultra runners on the planet. Anyone interested in endurance running, mindset or accomplishing BIG goals needs to read this book."
"Inspiring and setting the example to a man that consciously decided to abandon the glamorous and envied world of high fashion to pursue to dedicate himself to one of the toughest disciplines in the world, is a great honor which personally makes me very proud."
“A riveting life story in pursuit of both outer and inner exploration.”
"Michele Graglia has written a book that holds nothing back. His unlikely path to ultrarunning fame left me in awe of his spirit and determination. His story proves that if we can just keep exploring the hidden corners of our existence, we can find parts of ourselves that we never imagined. Michele reminded me that every experience in life has value if we give our whole heart to it. When I finished reading this book, I immediately put on my running shoes and sprinted out the door for some miles, because I needed to figure out what was next in my own life."
"Most of us will never run an Ultra, mere mortals that we are. Michele Graglia inspiring and engrossing book helps us understand the “why” and how the boundaries are only there to be pushed. His pivot from supermodel to his first failed race to becoming one of the best Ultra athletes and finding his spots in the Guinness world record book is a remarkable one. “Ultra” traces this personal journey through Inspiring quotes and fascinating and emotional stories from his races. But it’s a lot more than that, it's the chronicle of one exceptional athlete, who has lived so many diverse lives in his young years, connecting with nature, and transcending himself, and, along the way encouraging all of us to discover our own true strength and resilience.
This is a great read for anyone considering athletic challenges or in search of some greater personal goal, there is no telling where this book might take you."
“Michele Graglia is a phenomenal athlete who exemplifies the possibility and urgency of changing your direction in life—even if it means rejecting fame and fortune—to pursue your passion and genuine calling. His story will inspire anyone who wants to break their mold and push their limits. Having spent time at races with Michele and seen him win a grueling multi day desert ultra, I am struck by his endearing combination of exceptional talent and sincere humility. He truly is special, but thankfully doesn’t act that way.”
CBS This Morning (Podcast with David Begnaud)
This is a recent article that came out both online and on paper on the Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung!
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