Running Against The Odds 

My book is a coming of age and triumph story about how I overcame odds on and off the track. My journey through a turbulent childhood coupled with finding my passion for running catapulted me to becoming a premier high school coach. My experiences in running and in life become the fuel for igniting a future generation of runners.

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Running Against The Odds Teacher's Guide 

Running Against The Odds is full of valuable life lessons for students and is a great text to add to required reading lists. This teachers’ guide is designed to help teachers easily incorporate this memoir into literary units that focus on priority reading and writing standards. Book clubs and teams who engage in this book can also benefit from the structure and content in this well-designed guide.


Desmond Dunham's Memoir Inspires Others To Run Their Race

"My book is a memoir that chronicles my childhood, my college years, and my coaching career. Throughout the book, I share my failures, my successes, my struggles, and my triumphs in running and in life. It culminates with a powerful story about how the Eleanor Roosevelt team I coached in 2007 made high school sports history."

Coronavirus restrictions force another postponement
for D.C. high school

“Everyone knows that this started last year with the cancellation of the spring season,” St. John’s track and field coach Desmond Dunham said. “I think it’s only fair that the focus now is to try not to have a second year in a row of a canceled season."

Changing Lives Through Sports w/Under Armour Coach Ambassador Desmond Dunham

On this episode of the WorkInSports Podcast, Brian Clapp speaks with Desmond Dunham, who has overcome countless obstacles throughout his life to excel, and he is paying it forward. 

A Journey to Making High School Sports History

In episode 626, Coach Dez shares his story about becoming one of the best coaches in America and becoming a better version of himself.

The Mindful Muscle Podcast

Coach Dez covers his new book Running Against The Odds, an inspiring memoir of the life obstacles he overcame on his way to becoming a nationally acclaimed track and field and cross-country coach.

Grand Prix Week 3: Qualifiers w/ Coach Desmond Dunham

District Running Collective invited Coach Dez on as they prepare and stack bets for a series of DRC Grand Prix sprints in the coming weeks. 

It's the Lessons Off the Field

Coach Dez on The Black Futurist podcast with host Bryndan D. Moore discussing lessons learned on and off the field. 

2019 NFHS Coach of the Year Desmond Dunham gives his perspective on staying motivated during uncertain times, peaking for championship meets and the college recruiting process.

Running Book Reviews with Alan and Liz

Coach Dez Dunham talks about Running Against The Odds with Alan and Liz.





Resiliency in Running

Coach Dez Dunham talks about the reseliency in running with host Liz Newcomer.





Under Armor

Performance Series:

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