Fredrik Svanfeldt was born in 1963 in Stocksund, just north of Stockholm. He works as a civil engineer with technical physics as a speciality and he lives in a detached house in a leafy, tranquil suburb with his wife and their two sons.


Fredrik has always been the sporty type and ha enjoyed P.E. since school.

Even though he has a very technical job, he has always liked to write and has had a hunch for many years that he would eventually write a novel.

After discarding several ideas, he finally landed with a topic that felt right. He was adamant he wanted to write about something he knew a lot about and could contribute in a special way, and that topic was long-distance running.


He has been an active runner since the start of the new millenium and was a part of the Swedish elite. In the last couple of years, he has reduced his running to a more comfortable exercise level, but is still involved in the sport as he coaches the runners in the local athletics club.


Johan Dahlberg - A young man with a college degree and full-time employment has been sentenced to a three-year prison sentence. The book describes his life in the prison, the contrast to the other prisoners, and how Johan recovers from a depression by being given the opportunity to run on a treadmill in the prison gym.


Johan’s exercise regime gets increasingly more advanced and the reader gets to follow the difficulties he meets when he tries to prove that he can excel in something. In parallel, the story describes why he was sentenced to imprisonment in the first place and how he evolves as a human being during his time in prison.

In addition, the reader will learn a lot about long distance running, including how athletes can develop and what is needed to succeed at elite level.

Sentenced to run is an inspiring novel about long distance running.


In FREE TO RUN, the story about Johan Dahlberg continues. The book will be released in Sweden in April 2018.


Briefly about the story:

  • How do you find new goals after you have exceeded all expectations?
  • How do you return to work and a social life after two years in prison?
  • How do you find and retain love after being released?
  • How do you combine all this if you also continue to run on elite level?


These are questions Johan Dahlberg asks himself after his sensational achievement in Stockholm Marathon - the race he performed on his first day on leave from Västerholm prison.


Free to run is a novel about friendship, love and running.


Free to run is the sequel of Fredrik Svanfeldt's debut novel Sentenced to run.






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