Watch Mike Fiorilli speak about Dead Last
at the Lakewood Public Library in Lakewood, Ohio
A life-long resident of northeast Ohio, I am retired from the Cleveland Clinic and currently enjoying a
second career with SummaHealth in Akron.
From 1984 to 1992 I was a punter and placekicker with the semi-pro Cleveland Falcons football team.
The Falcons were consistently ranked in the national “Top Twenty”. I was all-league or runner-up every
year I played with the Falcons.
After being out of football for a few years, I was looking for a new sport and discovered running. I added
cycling and soon was participating in duathlons in Ohio, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania and Canada,
consistently winning or ranking in the top three of my age group. Highlights of my duathlon experience
included winning the sprint distance race in the Bulldog Duathlon in 2004, finishing third overall in the
Great Lakes Escape Olympic distance duathlon in 2003 and third overall in the North Coast Nautilus
sprint duathlon in 2003.
My single attempt at running a marathon distance race did not go well, which was the inspiration for
writing the book. The story is not entirely autobiographical, but I did have the protagonist experience a
bit of what has happened to me on and off the racecourse.
I dedicate this book to my family; Laura, Jennifer and Marissa.