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Just Finish! The Story Behind That Viral Video

By David Saunders, Health Editor | UPDATED: 08:28, 26 June 2020

Sean Kachmarski’s ‘Just Finish!’ chronicles the unlikely and captivating story of the author’s journey from being a couch potato to becoming a 50K ultra marathon runner.

But it’s not a story of how to achieve the fastest times or compete at the elite level; but rather a true, honest and motivational story for those who just want to run, enter races and finish them…even if it means doing so after everyone else has gone home.

Ultimately, ‘Just Finish!’ is for the grassroots runner looking to put those miles toward achieving a personal goal.

Over fifty million people have viewed the tear-jerking viral video starring Sean Kachmarski, as he stumbles toward the finish line of his first local marathon in a struggle, only to be joined by a motivational stranger who selflessly helps him over the finish line.

For Kachmarski, this was so much more than finishing his first marathon, but the realisation of a decade-long dream that would see him complete something many would have deemed totally out of reach.

In his new book, ‘Just Finish!’, Kachmarski tells his story for new runners who are not chasing six-minute miles or serious competition; but those looking to simply achieve the impossible and revel in the wake of the author’s own “fat-to-fat” adventure.

“My book is a true story that follows my journey from sitting on a lumpy futon, overweight, out of shape and picking crisp shards out of my navel, to me running a 50K ultra-marathon. It’s not a new story it’s just told from the perspective of a “grassroots runner” who just wanted to finish the races I entered.”

”It’s about my struggles, my achievements, the barriers, the pain, the people I met and how I pushed myself to the brink while trying to achieve things I never thought possible.”

”My story is not a fat-to-fit story, it’s a fat-to-fat story; I found out too late in my journey that running miles and miles without considering other factors was not necessarily the best way to lose weight, but the benefits of my running journey transcended what the scales told me every Monday morning.”

”My story may not appeal to the elite runner, as there will be no mention of 6- to 8-minute miles, finishing in the top ten, or any Olympic qualifications.

My story is more for the wannabe runner, the runner who is just starting out and the runner who feels more comfortable running 14- to 18-minute miles; the runner who will check the time of the previous year’s race results to see what the slowest time was before they enter; the runner who has to phone the race organiser to see if there is a cut off time in the longer races; or the runner who will walk just out of view of the people at the finish, then turn on the jets for the last 100-metre sprint finish. All things I have done during my running journey (and still do).”  

“This is a book for those comfortable just getting over that finish line, simply because people have told them they wouldn’t do it,” explains the author, a Canadian expat. “Watch the viral video to see how I approached my first finish line – I was “late”, totally exhausted and mentally empty. Yet, strangely enough, the achievement itself meant I felt more alive than at any other point in my life.”

Continuing, “I want to motivate people to get off the sofa, however unfit they feel, and do something extraordinary. It’s not going to be easy (nor should it be) and you won’t ever be fronting any Nike commercials – but you’re going to finally prove to yourself that you can finish a race you enter!”

Reviews have been extremely positive. For example, one reader comments, “Just Finish is captivating. Author Sean weaves a story about his running journey. It is also a story of self examination and overcoming obstacles along the way. It is honest and funny. He met the challenge he gave himself. Easy to read and chronicle his journey.”

‘Just Finish!’ is available now:


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