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 ultramarathoner, 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 ultrarunners 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.Learn More
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A New York Times bestseller
An ALA Notable Book in 2009 for Nonfiction
- In many ways, this isn’t a five-star audiobook. The story isn’t earth-shattering; the narration is solid but forgettable. McDougall’s Gonzo-style storytelling can simply be too much at times, and the lead-up to the big race takes a little too long. But... in the end it doesn’t matter. What McDougall gives us here is not simply a primer on running---its history, its purposes, its techniques---but an inspiring way to see ourselves and to see the world. To learn about inspiring people who do inspiring things. And all of these people happen to be amazing long-distance runners. McDougall argues that running makes us better people, and after listening to his book, there’s a good chance he’ll have you convinced, too.
Incredible book, great listen!
- This book was amazing to listen to. I now understand the hype surrounding it as being well founded. There are so many elements in this book including a science aspect a strong character narrative and a story about heart and will. It was fun to listen to this book after listening to Eat & Run by Scott Jurek, the ultrarunner featured in Born to Run, the two stories go hand in hand and have some overlap with two perspectives of the same race. The narrator is very strong and the production value is great!
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