Editor's Note: Brian “Iron Heart” Boyle not only survived a near-fatal car accident at the age of eighteen but clawed back to cross the finish line at the 2007 Hawaii Ironman just three years later. Boyle and his triumphant story have been featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, NBC’s Today show, ESPN, and many other programs. In 2009, he published his first book, Iron Heart, and was presented the spokesperson of the year award from the American Red Cross for his contributions. He was also recognized by President Obama as a “Champion of Change” at the White House. Brian is a friend, a gentleman, and a constant source of inspiration. I'm happy to share his first kid's book with you!

Daisy’s dog-athlon is tons of fun because she and her friends do it together!

Daisy the Bulldog has gone to every one of her owner’s triathlons. She’s proud of his athletic accomplishments, and is always there to greet him at the finish line.

Daisy wonders if she could train and compete for an event like that. So she gets her doggy friends, Rascal the Dachshund, Atticus the Corgi, and Hobie the Dalmation to make their own dog-athalon.

They plot a course through the park and train daily: swimming across the pond, skateboarding down the sidewalks, running up and down the hill.

Finally, it’s the big day, and the poochy pals couldn’t be more excited. The course is tough, but they help one another along the way, cheering to keep going, challenging to do their very best.

On the final hill, Daisy’s tired and not sure she can make it to the finish line—until she spots a familiar (human) face, rooting for her along the way. “Go, Daisy, go! Swim, bark, run. Go, Daisy, go! Just have fun!”

A charming celebration of setting goals and staying active, Swim Bark Run demonstrates that with determination and teamwork, everyone’s a winner.

Swim Bark Run

Written by Brian Boyle and Pamela Boyle; Illustrated by Beth Hughes

Sky Pony Press hardcover, also available as an ebook

On Sale: June 5, 2018

About the Authors and Illustrator:

Brian Boyle not only survived a near-fatal car accident at the age of eighteen but clawed back to cross the finish line at the 2007 Hawaii Ironman just three years later. Boyle and his triumphant story have been featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, NBC’s Today show, ESPN, and many other programs. In 2009, he published his first book, Iron Heart, and was presented the spokesperson of the year award from the American Red Cross for his contributions. He was also recognized by President Obama as a “Champion of Change” at the White House. He lives in Maryland. This is his first book for children.

Pamela Boyle is a pediatric nurse practitioner and endurance athlete. She lives in Maryland, and this is her first book.

Beth Hughes is an artist who loves animals and nature and bright colors. She enjoys playing around with colors and shapes and, most of all, telling great stories. She has studied at Ringling College of Art and Design, as well as Sheridan College. She currently lives in London.