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About Dion Leonard
Dion Leonard is an Australian/British ultra runner, motivational speaker and author. Dion started running in 2013 and has already achieved numerous top 10 finishes in ultra races around the world in the most extreme conditions. Dion has not only competed in but completed some of the world’s toughest ultra running races across the most inhospitable landscapes. Across landscapes from inhospitable deserts, high altitude mountains to wild jungles Dion has pushed, tested, broken and rebuilt his mental and physical limits in search of the ultra high, to find himself and to become the best he can be.
Dion’s life changed forever when he was running a 155 mile race across the Gobi desert in China when a little stray dog ran 80 miles alongside him. Dion named the dog Gobi and his promise to bring Gobi home went viral, taking the world by storm. Before Dion could bring Gobi home she went missing in China and the story of ‘Finding Gobi’ began. Dion’s amazing true story and incredible journey of Finding Gobi has since become a New York Times Bestseller, Sunday Times Bestseller and International Bestseller, printed in more than 21 languages which has also resulted in an upcoming movie. Dion has also written a Finding Gobi young readers edition, children's picture book and a book about his cat 'Lara Runaway Cat'.
Dion has appeared around the world on media appearances; CNN, Good Morning Britain, CBS, ABC America, ESPN, CCTV, BBC Breakfast and BBC World; Live radio interviews with BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Outlook, Talk Sport UK, NPR America, ABC Radio Australia, Eric Zane Show and many others; he has also been interviewed by China Daily, The Times, Washington Post, UK Independent, USA Today, Canadian Post, to name a few.
Dion has been sharing stories of his incredible journey for many years as a motivational speaker and is a highly sought after public speaker. Dion has been invited to speak at motivational, inspirational and corporate events around the world ranging from hosting Duke of Edinburgh awards with Prince Edward, Speaking at the President of Slovenia Invite Gala Day, TedX France to corporate events, charity events and after dinner speaking.
Follow Dion @findinggobi on social media, www.findinggobi.com or www.dionleonard.com.
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The New York Times bestselling true story of an Australian ultramarathon runner and a little dog who formed an unbreakable bond in the middle of the Gobi desert.
Finding Gobi is the miraculous tale of Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner who crosses paths with a stray dog while competing in a 155-mile race through the Gobi Desert in China. The lovable pup, who would later earn the name Gobi, went step for step with Dion over the Tian Shan Mountains and across massive sand dunes, keeping pace with him for 77 miles.
As Dion witnessed the incredible determination and heart of this small animal, he found his own heart undergoing a change as well. Whereas in the past these races were all about winning and being the best, his goal now was to make sure he and Gobi’s friendship continued well after the finish line, and he undertook another difficult journey to bring Gobi home to Scotland.
However, before he could take her home, Gobi went missing in the sprawling Chinese city where she was being kept. Dion, with the help of strangers and a viral outpouring of assistance on the internet, set out to track her down, and reunite with the dog that changed his life. Finding Gobi:
- Proves that miracles are possible—anywhere and at any time
- Gives vivid details of an ultra-marathon and what it’s like to run one of the toughest races on the planet
- Connects to that special bond that humankind has with dogs and what it can open up in our hearts
Read this inspiring story and discover how miracles truly are possible—and find your own heart changing as well.
Bring home the amazing true dog story of a friendship so strong that it crosses the globe! You will love the inspiring tale of Gobi, a lost dog who kept pace with an ultramarathon runner, Dion Leonard, across a vast desert. Follow their unlikely friendship through the challenges of an 80-mile race and Dion's struggle to bring Gobi home for good.
Finding Gobi: The True Story of One Little Dog's Big Journey tells the gripping real-life adventure story of how Gobi followed Dion through the treacherous conditions of the Gobi desert and how, afterward, Dion searched the world for his four-legged friend in order to bring him home.
This young reader's edition
- adapts the bestselling adult book for 8- to 12-year-olds
- includes color photos
- shows that friendship is more important than winning
- is a perfect classroom or family read-aloud book
This heartwarming tale of friendship, loyalty, and determination is sure to delight and surprise any young dog lover.
Bring home the incredible true story of a friendship so strong that it crosses the globe! Families everywhere will be delighted by the tale of Gobi and Dion—a little lost dog and the ultramarathon runner who saved her. Gobi: A Little Dog with a Big Heart is a fun, engaging picture book perfect for families to enjoy together.
Prepare to fall in love with the heartwarming and true story of Gobi and Dion. Gobi, a scrappy little stray dog, latches onto a man named Dion and keeps pace alongside him as he runs his way across China in a long 155-mile race. Through cold nights and raging rivers, with little food and water, and through a long, hard journey, these two create a bond unlike any other.
Cross the finish line with Gobi and Dion, the little pup who never quit and the ultramarathon runner who loves her. This amazing true story sparked international attention and will continue to inspire readers as they enjoy this fun picture book perfect for children.
Join these two unlikely friends as they form a winning team for both the race and life!
Lara the Runaway Cat tells the story of Gobi, the loveable pup who followed Dion Leonard across a gruelling 155-mile trek across the Gobi Desert, and her mischievous cat sister, Lara, who runs away from her family, seeking a courageous adventure and different life.
Lara doesn’t realise how good she has it in her home in Edinburgh with her owners, Dion and Lucja, and of course her sister, Gobi. If she’s being honest, she’s jealous of Gobi’s fame and the international attention she has received ever since Dion found her. Okay, Gobi may have survived an ultra-marathon across the Gobi Desert, but it’s not as if Lara doesn’t earn her fresh prawns! She dreams about the day when she can go outdoors and see the world, discover new friends and be free to make her own name.
But Lara’s wishful thinking gets the better of her as she takes a leap into the unknown and is forced to decide between her loyalties to her family and need to experience an adventure to rival Gobi’s. Join Lara in her eventful travels from Edinburgh to France, Beijing to Australia, where she is faced with challenges that will change her life forever.
Following on from the astounding real-life story of Dion Leonard, this fictionalised tale is a must-read for animal lovers everywhere.
Un homme, un chien, des kilomètres à parcourir : une incroyable histoire vraie…
Coureur marathonien de l’extrême, Dion Leonard s’apprête à participer à une course d’endurance de 250 kilomètres au cœur des terres sauvages du désert de Gobi, en Chine. Une course redoutable, éprouvante. Le deuxième jour de l’épreuve, un petit chien se mêle aux coureurs sur la ligne de départ. Il semble avoir jeté son dévolu sur Dion, bien décidé à le suivre à chaque étape de la course…
Dion n’a pas du tout l’intention de courir ce marathon en binôme. Et pourtant, comment résister à cette petite boule de poils, endurante et courageuse, et qui ne le lâche pas d’une semelle ? Bio : Coureur de l’extrême, Dion Leonard, Australien, réside en Ecosse avec son épouse, Lucja. Il a couru parmi les marathons les plus exigeants au monde, le plus souvent dans des territoires inhospitaliers. La rencontre avec Gobi a marqué un tournant dans sa vie sportive.
"Leonard und Gobi’s Geschichte zeigt, wie stark die Verbindung zwischen einem Mann und seinem Hund sein kann, und was Menschen bewegen können, wenn sie zusammenarbeiten."
"Dion Leonard zeigt uns, dass die besten Geschichten immer noch das Leben schreibt. Das Erlebnis mit Gobi und die Suche nach ihr veränderte sein Leben.Geschichten wie diese bringen uns den Glauben an die Menschheit zurück."
ELLI H. RADINGER
"Eine spannende, unterhaltsame und rundum schöne Geschichte, die das Laufen einmal aus einer anderen Perspektive betrachtet. Lesetipp für den Sommerurlaub!"