Running for the prize is a compilation of poems that relate the spiritual race that we as Christians are running on a daily basis to receive the crown of life that awaits all of us at the end of the race. Many of the poems are written from biblical excerpts or they may have a biblical reference. There are some poems that are historical, and others that relate to personal life experiences whether they are serious or humorous that is added to complete the collection. The major focus of this book is on God and the prize that He has for us after we have completed this race of life. Since God is the source of love, it was my endeavor to show that the depth of His love for man is far greater than for any other creature. His love wasn't just stated it was proven. It is my prayer that this book will encourage its readers to reciprocate that love to him as well as to others. Leon Hardnett graduated from West High School in Jackson, Louisiana, and Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He earned a B.S. degree in Electronics Technology. In January of 1979, he married Anna Williams Hardnett and was blessed with three sons: Theron, Aaron, and Joel. Leon along with Anna L. Woodard, Professor of English at Southern University and several other members of the drama team at Church Point Ministries, co-authored and portrayed a character in three musical dramas: Who Do I Turn To When I'm All Alone?, It's A Summer Thing, and The Black Prodigal Father. Leon's first two books of poetry, Treasures from the Source and God's Little Children were published in 2001 and 2006 respectively. "Are you getting Prepared for your Exit Exam" which is a book of prose was published in 2008. He received the Shakespeare Award of Excellence as Famous Poet for both 2003 and 2004, and the Outstanding Achievement in Poetry Award from the International Society of Poets in 2004.