The astonishing national bestseller and hugely entertaining story that completely changed the way we run.
An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?
Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. In the process, he takes his readers from 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 a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America’s best ultra-runners against the tribe. McDougall’s incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Sports journalist Christopher McDougall offers an exciting glimpse into the minds of athletes who knock out 50 miles just for kicks. An amateur runner plagued by injuries, McDougall set out to investigate the Tarahumara, a reclusive Mexican tribe whose members are the greatest distance runners on earth. In the process, he stumbled into an orbit of ultramarathoners whose endurance is matched only by their quirks—like the mad-scientist sports doctor who organizes nude races in his spare time. Reading Born to Run didn’t help us medal in the neighborhood fun run, but it was a fascinating, hilarious, and, yes, inspiring read.
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Great book. Great story. I’m going for a run.
I liked everything about it. I couldn’t stop reading. Great story and written so well I felt like I was there.
My friend recommended me this book as I was training for my first marathon. Going on this journey with the author really opened my eyes to how vast the world of running is and what ultimately matters most in the sport. Definitely recommend this to running veterans and newcomers alike.
Informative, interesting, inspiring
A great look at the history of ultrarunning, the personalities and physiologies that make it possible, and a pretty cool story about a one-of-a-kind race. McDougall has enough of a flair for writing to make it all enjoyable and breezy, while diving deep enough to make it an informative read. You’ll want to go back and read it again to stay motivated for your own runs.