Angeles Crest: A Memoir

Angelas Crest: A Memoir
Angelas Crest: A Memoir


A winner! A very personal account of how, for a true runner, running and living are inseparable. Modzelewski’s life is played out mile by mile as he and his brother accept the severe challenge of the Angeles Crest 100 mile foot race.” — UltraRunning Magazine


At the starting line of The Angeles Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run, a reporter asked entrant Michael Modzelewski: “How long have you been training for this race?” “All my life,” the runner replied without hesitation.

And it’s an inspiring and entertaining life that Modzelewski describes in this memoir. Along with a ‘timeline’ description of what it’s like to run 100 continuous miles through wild country, the author weaves in growing up in the value-laden Midwest; youthful rambles through Europe and the American West; and working as an adventure travel writer, seeking out the offbeat and unusual in exotic places around the world.

During the course of a 100 miler you run a cumulative, Everestic 20,000 feet of uphill and 24,000 feet down.

Ready to start! Angeles Crest is about Family: reuniting with an estranged brother as they run the ultra marathon together, supported by the love of a famous father.

Infused with a protective passion for Nature, the author describes the effects of varied landscapes upon the human psyche. There are many close encounters with wildlife, including alligators in the Everglades, elephants in Africa, pumas in Patagonia, and a transformative Dream-Bear that helps explain to Modzelewski his astonishing experiences with an Angel and Extraterrestrials. As he writes: “Running and the paranormal experiences were directly connected. I may have had them if I was a non-runner, but long distance running is expansive, carrying the body, mind, spirit past measurable boundaries and self-imposed limits, creating a portal into all possibilities.”

Angeles Crest is a tour de force, showing a man not only tapping the depths of human potential by running 100 miles but also in exploring the mysteries of the universe, the author finishes with answers for us all.

“Everyone has a wide, vacant-eyed look — what combat soldiers call the ‘thousand-yard stare’: the inner spirit leaving the surface, gathering forces deep within, here, creating a trance that helps insulate you against the demands of running 100 miles . . . . ”

Book Reviews:

Angeles Crest Book Review – By Palm Beach Post

Angeles Crest Book Review – By Ultra Running Magazine

Angeles Crest Book Review – By Continental Magazine


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  13 comments for “Angeles Crest: A Memoir

  1. Kristy
    June 19, 2014 at 4:36 am

    Want to know who Harry Potter grows up to be? Michael Modzelewski, a nature-based Wizard who in ANGELES CREST has found nearly all the Answers — in real life. Absolutely amazing!

  2. Ryan
    June 19, 2014 at 4:37 am

    In English class this year we had to write a paper about our hero. For me there wasn’t even a choice. Michael Modzelewski is my hero. He’s given me confidence to achieve my goals and follow my dreams. I can never in my whole life thank him enough. Here is the last line of my paper: ‘Michael is an inspiration to me and taught me to above all follow my dreams. He is the standard by which all heroes should be judged.’

  3. Steve Gillard
    June 19, 2014 at 4:37 am

    I must confess I am not a runner, and wouldn’t necessarily have bought Angeles Crest to read about running BUT AM I EVER GLAD I DID buy it! This book is a chronicle of the most remarkable metaphysical and spiritual odyssey I have ever encountered and I am a metaphysical junkie. If you have any doubts about the existence of ‘parallel worlds’ that are accessible to any of us who are willing to make the trek into them via running or any other spiritual practice, this book will blow your mind. Two big thumbs up and five really big stars.

    June 19, 2014 at 4:38 am

    The author has lived a life of adventure in different parts of the world, but the book is ultimately about an inner journey. As Modzelewski reveals, running can transform one’s life, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

    June 19, 2014 at 4:38 am

    A great book from a great man!

  6. Trail Runner Magazine
    June 19, 2014 at 4:38 am

    Angeles Crest: A Memoir is much more than a book about an ultramarathon. Michael Modzelewski weaves into this race tale a story of his life and experiences. … Modzelewski’s writing is captivating enough to keep this autobiography from becoming too self-indulgent. And along the way to mile 100, he encounters greatness in the likes of world-class mountaineers, filmmakers, and photographers, as well as a host of interesting non-famous characters. Each story is a gem in itself, but strung together they approach the likes of Robert Prisig’s classic Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

  7. Continental Magazine
    June 19, 2014 at 4:39 am

    An amazing account of what it’s like to maximize human potential and explore the depths of spiritual understanding by running 100 continuous miles through wild country. Modzelewski has led an extraordinary life.

  8. Suzanne McMillian-McTavish, author of Healing Power of Sedona Vortexes and Medicine Wheels
    June 19, 2014 at 4:39 am

    Personal transformation unfolds for the reader on each page as Michael Modzelewski takes you on an incredible journey of the heart… weaving the past and present in a harmonious blend of experiences that open the heart; excite the sense of adventure and awaken the soul to the gifts of the Mother Earth and connection with the Divine. Michael mixes metaphor with reality and dances the reader from the seen to the unseen and back again. Marvelous, miraculous prose; enchanting, sublime and earthy… that is Michael Modzelewski’s book Angeles Crest. A must read for any Seeker on the path!

  9. Suzanne McMillian-McTavish, author of Healing Power of Sedona Vortexes and Medicine Wheels
    June 19, 2014 at 4:39 am

    What do women really want? A man like this! I am stunned! An exhausted and inspired and in love…. I just finished Angeles Crest and it is the best book I’ve ever read because (1) Michael Modzelewski has the courage of a lion. (2) The sensitivity of a poet. (3) The energy of 10 men. (4) A deep understanding of the feminine gender. The book works so wonderfully on so many levels at once: physically, intellectually, spiritually. It’s an old-fashioned Quest with the final prize the hardest thing in this life to find: Self-Knowledge and Universal Harmony. Not only does Michael take us over a 100 mile wilderness distance, but even farther within. Should be required reading for every human being, for the author is truly a “Man’ among Men who has answered many of the Mysteries this life places in our path.

  10. Lynn Butler, photographer of Imperiled Landscapes, Endangered Legends
    June 19, 2014 at 4:40 am

    Through the interactions of human awareness with the eternal realities of nature, Michael Modzelewski’s link with spiritual reality, which is missing from modern civilization, develops as he takes part in a personal, mystical journey and challenges the barriers of his mind, awakening our awareness to the soul of nature, the Great Spirit.

  11. German del Sol, Chilean architect and author of Explora: The Art of Travel
    June 19, 2014 at 4:40 am

    Angeles Crest seduces the reader to place action and attention out of the self; to be in intimate relation with creation.

  12. UltraRunning Magazine
    June 19, 2014 at 4:41 am

    A winner! A very personal account of how, for a true runner, running and living are inseparable. Modzelewski’s life is played out mile by mile as he and his brother accept the severe challenge of the Angeles Crest 100 mile foot race.

  13. Carmen Harra, author of Everyday Karma
    June 19, 2014 at 4:41 am

    Michael Modzelewski is what I call a ‘Wow!’ He is a Master Incarnate.

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