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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.

Sports & Outdoors
Fred Sanders
hr min
May 5
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

Bewbiee ,


Even if you don't agree with what Christopher has to say, you have to respect someone who has gone to such lengths to prove a point. The book is full of interesting & abrupt facts as well as an incredible story line. The characters are engaging and I was very disappointed when the book was over. The narrator does an impressive job and captures the spirit of the book. I read it first, and then couldn't resist buying the audio book. No regrets.

marcangeles76 ,


great book. i'm a doctor...med school is for teaching docs to cure the sick. this book shows them how to stay healthy.

malariavalley ,


I'm an ex-collegiate athlete who has fought working out for almost 20 years. I just recently started running again and came across this book. What a great read and now I'm more fired up than ever! Even if you are not into running this is still a great book. It is well written. Kudos to Christopher!

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