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Margreet Dietz has been a professional journalist since 1996 and is the author of six books.

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Margreet Dietz is the author of four non-fiction books, A Hundred Reasons to Run 100km, Running Shoes Are a Girl’s Best Friend, Powered From Within: Stories About Running & Triathlon and A Work in Progress: Exercises in Writing.

She also wrote a book of poetry, Sunshine on a wooden floor. One of the poems from Sunshine on a wooden floor was selected for an anthology of verse, titled Island Mists, published by the Poetry Institute of Canada in January 2011.

Her latest book is From my Mother, a novel.

Her books are in public library collections in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the U.S.

Margreet is the editor of Timothy Moore's Sub Nine: History's Fastest Ironwomen and Teresa Rider's Reconnect With Food: Eat Your Way to Triathlon Success.

Born in the Netherlands in 1970, Margreet has been a professional (anglophone) journalist since 1996. Margreet reported for Bloomberg News from Brussels, Toronto and Sydney, and worked as a copy-editor at The Australian Financial Review in Sydney.

The stories she wrote for Bloomberg News have been published in newspapers worldwide, including in the International Herald Tribune, Globe and Mail, The Vancouver Sun, National Post, The Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, New Zealand Herald, Seattle Post-Intelligencer and De Tijd.

Margreet's articles on running and triathlon have appeared in endurance sports magazines in Australia and Canada since 2006.

In 2005 she received a Diploma with Distinction in Book Editing & Publishing from Macleay College in Sydney.

Margreet also holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a master’s degree in International and Comparative Law. She's an NCCP Trained Community Coach (Triathlon) and successfully completed the Canadian Fitness Education Services' Fitness Knowledge Course.

The five-time Ironman finisher, with a personal best of 11:12, has been focused on running since 2005. Still aiming to improve her marathon PB of 3:06, she ventured into ultra-running. She finished her first 50-mile trail race in August 2010 and her first 100km road race in November 2010, winning the 40-49 division in both.

Margreet is the 2011 BMO Vancouver Marathon and Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon women's masters champion, the 2011 Bellingham Bay Marathon and the 2009 North Olympic Discovery Marathon overall women's champion. 

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From my Mother, a novel
As experienced marathoner Nadia embarks on her biggest challenge yet, a 100-kilometre ultrarun, her thoughts turn to her maternal grandmother, who emigrated to the Netherlands in the early 1950s as a young widow, escaping Czechoslovakia in the aftermath of a Communist coup d'etat. As Nadia struggles with unexpected obstacles in the longest race of her life, the parallels with her grandmother become clearer. However, Nadia also realizes that Oma, now 94, has been tested far more than her granddaughter likely ever will.

A Hundred Reasons to Run 100km
A Hundred Reasons to Run 100km reflects a personal journey that will strike a chord with anyone intrigued by the prospect of trying an ultramarathon. The idea for this book was born 10 days before author Margreet Dietz did a 100km race. While finalizing her physical preparations, she also wanted to ready herself mentally as best as possible. An experienced 3:07 marathoner and five-time Ironman finisher, she knew endurance athletes ponder the question, Why?, during the most challenging moments in an event. It's good to have an answer. In this book on ultrarunning, you'll find plenty of inspiration, practical tips, and the key reason to run 100kmóbecause you can.

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