Ghost got into Coach's car, and Coach notices Ghost's shoes and realized that he stole them. He was tired of lying to Ghost's mom about all of the things he had done. Coach decided to not tell his mom, and still let Ghost run. There was only one consequence, Ghost had to keep wearing his old shoes running.
Ghost's new shoes are a symbol from the book. They are a symbolize that Coach supports Ghost. They symbolize that coach supports him because Coach was going to tell Ghost's mom, but then Ghost said do you know how hard my life is. coach then told Ghost about his life. Then they bonded and Coach didn't turn in the shoes. He said they were going to return them, but he ended up buying them for ghost anyway.
The story ended when the starting gunshot at their first competitive track meet. When he started running he started to think about how he was running for his life and not from it anymore. At the begging of the book he was running from his life, but he hasnchanges, and now he is running for it instead.