Running All Over The World

Alzheimer’s shouldn’t keep you from living a full, abundant life. Tony Copeland-Parker offers readers an inspiring travel memoir on how to live a courageous life while fighting Alzheimer’s and traveling to seven continents.

Running All Over the World: Our Race Against Early Onset Alzheimer’s

Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s? If so, we understand there is no going back to normal after such a diagnosis.

But we also know that you can live a life of joy even with Alzheimer’s.
You can create new memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Through simple lifestyle changes and fulfilling experiences, you can learn to change your future through meaningful moments that spark joy for you.

Anthony Copeland-Parker’s new book, Running All Over the World: Our Race Against Early Onset Alzheimer’s, is designed to inspire you to live a full and rich life through their story of global travel and running in marathons across the world.

Pre-order through your favorite bookstore or wherever books are sold

A portion of the proceeds on the sale of this book will be donated to organizations providing support to Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers

As you read about how they pursued an adventurous life even in the midst of Alzheimer’s, you’ll be inspired by Anthony and Catherine’s bold and courageous reimagining of what life looks like in the face of early onset Alzheimer’s.

Through this book you’ll be inspired to:

  • pursue an active lifestyle and why that matters
  • create new adventures and how that stimulates your brain
  • discover and follow new passions that fuel your life
  • cherish the time you spend with your loved one
  • find new ways to create the life you’ve always wanted

Running All Over the World: Our Race Against Early Onset Alzheimer’s is both a travel memoir and an inspiring resource for healthy living while facing Alzheimer’s.

About the Author

Hi, I’m Tony

When Catherine and I were in our fifties, we found out that she had early-onset Alzheimer’s and I needed open heart-valve replacement surgery. Motivated by our love for running and travel, we sold our home, retired from our jobs, and became nomads, running marathons and half-marathons all over the world.

This book is a nonfiction account of our six years of flying, running, walking, sailing, and sightseeing from Atlanta to Antarctica. We found joy in seizing each day and following our passions for running and travel.

Since we began this journey, we’ve traveled to eighty-two different countries and have run at least a half-marathon in thirty-five countries and on all seven continents.

What Others Are Saying

Love Conquers ALZ

2020 WINNER BEST PODCAST – New Media Film Festival. Caregivers have one of the hardest jobs in the world. Having both been caregivers for a family member affected with Alzheimer’s, Susie Singer Carter and Don Priess both know this is a disease that cannot be faced alone. In fact, their Oscar Qualified film based on Susie’s Mother, MY MOM AND THE GIRL starring Valerie Harper in her final performance – has and continues to touch people all over the world. Their goal was to let others know they are not on their own and to help them find the JOY in the journey. And that’s just what they do in their Podcast “Love Conquers Alz”.

Running All over the World: Our Race Against Early-Onset Alzheimer’s is a delightful read. Don’t let the word “Alzheimer’s” give you the wrong impression! This book is filled with fun, humor, heart, and adventure. It’s chock-full of interesting facts and detailed travel advice. And if you ever thought about running a marathon, but just can’t seem to check that off your list, you’ll experience the thrill of the finish…blister-free! The author truly models what it means to “live your best life” sharing his passion for adventure and for the love of his life, who was diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer’s. And clearly, that’s not stopping them anytime soon.

John, “The Penguin,” Bingham and Coach Jenny Hadfield

Catherine and Tony are an inspiration to anyone who faces adversity during their running career. It has been our distinct pleasure to present them with the coveted Inspiration award for their courage and tenacity. It has been a joy to get to know them through our travels with the We are privileged to call them friends.

Coach Denise, Marathon Whisperer

Whether you are an experienced runner, future runner or somewhere in between, you will find lots of inspiration from Tony and Cat’s journey running the world. Their book also provides firsthand insight on races we should add to our dance card. Thank you for sharing your story that is still being written. Looking forward to book number two.

Michelle Walker, Author

I have had the privilege of sharing race experiences in Australia, Asia, and Europe with Tony and Catherine. I have also had the honor of being featured with this tenacious couple in an article in which highlighted the “race-cation” we shared in Australia. I can personally attest to Tony and Catherine’s remarkable ability to balance the setting and achieving of lofty goals while maintaining a passion for life and a deep love for one another. Tony and Catherine’s story has inspired me to focus on finding joy in the journey, no matter what obstacles life throws my way. I love the perseverance, dedication, and inspiration found in their relationship and within the pages of this book.

Author, If you give a mom a marathon: Six kids and a run around the world
199 Marathons
7 continent finisher, Boston qualifying time in all 50 states plus DC. 7 time Ironman, 140.6


AlzAuthors strive to raise awareness, reduce stigma and lend encouragement to those whose lives have been touched by dementia through sharing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia books, blogs and stories.

“We at are in awe of Tony Copeland-Parker and his journey with his beloved Cat. Running All Over the World is their amazing love story. Anyone who reads this book will be inspired to continue to keep their loved ones engaged in activity, pushing past currently accepted limits that memory impairment may place on the lives of those impacted. We all continue to learn from Tony and Cat through each new blogpost about their lives continuing their path together.”

Jeff Adams, President of Marathon Tours & Travel

If you are fortunate to know Cat and Tony, you know they are two of the most uniquely special people you will ever meet. Dedicated, Inspiring, Loving and Persistent are the words frequently used when their friends are describing them. After sharing adventures with these two global nomads in Antarctica, Bhutan, South Africa, & Patagonia, I am a proud lifelong member of their fan club. Thankfully for those who have not had the pleasure of meeting Cat and Tony; now is your chance to hear their story, to share in their global adventures and to be inspired. Running All Over the World, Our Race Against Early Onset Alzheimer’s will make you a fan too!

Jeff Galloway, American Olympian and the author of Galloway’s Book on Running

This is a must read book for anyone who has Alzheimer’s or has relatives who are dealing with it in any way. It’s an invitation to hope and have faith while staying active and fit. I highly recommend it.

Jeff Galloway is an American Olympian and the author of Galloway’s Book on Running. Galloway was an All-American collegiate athlete and a member of the 1972 US Olympic Team in the 10,000 meters. He is the chief executive officer of Galloway Productions, which conducts a broad range of training programs and events yearly; he also owns two running specialty stores. He has written several books on training and writes a monthly column for Runner’s World magazine.

Jennifer Fink, Fading Memories podcast

Tony and Catherine’s story is a beautiful example of why it’s possible and important to live well even with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Anyone who has been dealt the blow of early-onset Alzheimer’s will find new ideas on how to live well, why the diagnosis doesn’t mean life is over and quite a bit of inspiration in the pages of this book.

Thom Gilligan, Founder and CEO of Marathon Tours and Travel

I have traveled on many continents with Tony and Cat and have watched them persevere during some challenging times. Always smiling, always upbeat and enjoying the moment. Running All Over the World, Our Race Against Early Onset Alzheimer’s is sure to educate and inspire. They live life to the fullest while for running around the world.

Lois Berkowitz, President, Newsletter Editor, 50 States Marathon Club

I was deeply moved by the story of Catherine Popp and Tony Copeland-Parker. They have formed a partnership that has carried them far along the marathon road. The many points that Tony and Catherine have shared with us – practical information about Alzheimer’s and guides to living the best life possible, should help fellow travelers who have Alzheimer’s or who have a family member or friend with this disease work through the illness and continue to live a full life. Tony has worked through a heart value replacement. Both have shown courage as they continue their travels. The 50 States Marathon Club is proud to have them as members, and I am so pleased that they shared their story with us.


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