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  1. 10.7 hrs • 5/30/2013 • Unabridged

    A riveting account of an incredible 3,423-mile foot race across America, the Great Foot Race of 1928, and of C. C. Pyle, the legendary sports promoter who masterminded the event Among the runners of C. C. Pyle’s First Annual International Transcontinental Foot Race were an assortment of underdogs, including twenty-year-old Oklahoman and part Cherokee Andy Payne, who wanted to win over the girl of his dreams and pay off the mortgage on his family’s farm; Paul “Hardrock” Simpson, who was in over his head but couldn’t let down his North Carolina hometown; Mike Kelly, a luckless boxer from Indiana; Seattle’s Ed Gardner, one of four black runners who encountered bigotry; Charles Hart, a sixty-three-year-old Englishman hoping his best days weren’t behind him; and Frank Johnson, a middle-aged husband, father, and steelworker from St. Louis who broke away from his humdrum life and dared to do something different. Based on firsthand accounts of those who were there and interviews from many living descendants, newspaper and magazine journalist Geoff Williams details this historic event and the colorful cast of characters involved. C. C. Pyle’s Amazing Foot Race is a classic American story so astonishing and surreal that you have to hear it to believe it.

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    C. C. Pyle‘s Amazing Foot Race

    10.7 hrs • 5/30/13 • Unabridged
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    11.1 hrs • 5/5/2009 • Unabridged

    Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.Isolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence. With the help of Caballo Blanco, a mysterious loner who lives among the tribe, the author was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but also to find his own inner ultra-athlete, as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans, including a star ultra-marathoner, a beautiful young surfer, and a barefoot wonder.With a sharp wit and wild exuberance, McDougall takes us from the high-tech science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to the climactic race in the Copper Canyons. Born to Run is that rare book that will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that the secret to happiness is right at your feet, and that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.

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    Born to Run

    11.1 hrs • 5/5/09 • Unabridged
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