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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen | [Christopher McDougall]

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.
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Publisher's Summary

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 50-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.

©2009 Knopf; (P)2009 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Equal parts quest, physiology treatise, and running history....[McDougall] seeks to learn the secrets of the Tarahumara the old-fashioned way: He tracks them down....The climactic race reads like a sprint....It simply makes you want to run." (Outside Magazine)
"Hugely entertaining. . . . One of the most joyful and engaging books about running to appear for many years." (The Irish Times)
A terrific ride, recommended for any athlete." (Kirkus)

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    "Really interesting, must listen for any runner."

    I run, a lot, so this book was right up my interest and keep me motivated. The narration was good so this is a solid recommendation. The story was funny, interesting and keep me coming back to more.

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    Carol Lake Mary, FL, USA 12-18-09
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    "Fascinating story!"

    I absolutely loved listening to this book. I was actually sad when it was over! The narrator was excellent and the story was fascinating and inspirational.

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    John Evanston, IL, USA 12-06-09
    John Evanston, IL, USA 12-06-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Awesome! Throw out your shoes!"

    I really enjoyed this book at many levels. I found the core story of McDougall and the race very interesting, and the side material about the development of the "running Man" theory very interesting (but I am admittedly into science books and stories as a former biohemist, so not everyone migth find this as intersting). I have spoken to a few others who found McDougall's style a bit plodding, and I found some segments a bit long, but overall, the message and tone of the book is great, and I consider it a very worthy listen. And afterwards, you will probably do as I did, and throw out your Nikes, and buy a pair of Five Fingers. :^)

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    L New York, NY, United States 12-04-09
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    "runners will love this"

    being a runner and in search of being a better one, and having been to Mexico's Copper Canyon, and having met Micah (one of the main characters) there, it's no surprise this book really spoke to me. it's fun (the story of the race), informative (about human evolution, body mechanics and running), and very enjoyable. I bought copies for all my runner friends.

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    Jonathan Tehachapi, CA, United States 11-06-09
    Jonathan Tehachapi, CA, United States 11-06-09 Member Since 2008
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    "AWESOME!!!!!!!!!"

    My favorite book of 2009. I Loved It! I wish I could give it 10 stars.

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    Darrin Ridgefield, WA, United States 10-29-09
    Darrin Ridgefield, WA, United States 10-29-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Book"

    This is a very easy read (listen). Narration was clear and with emotion. Book was motivational and made me want to train for an ultra marathon.

    I have seen some complaints that there was too much on bare foot running, but it fit in with the over all theme of the book, and the author makes a point.

    The only thing that I found wanting is that I enjoyed it so much, I wanted an epilogue to tell me what happened to the characters.

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    John Hartselle, Albania 10-27-09
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    "Excellent book!"

    If you want to run, used to run, run now, or are just a human being ... you will love this book!

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    Catarina Stockholm, Sweden 10-25-09
    Catarina Stockholm, Sweden 10-25-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Just don't get the hype..."

    I see all the good reviews this book gets, but I just don't see it. Found it sooo terribly boring...

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    Laura Arlington, VA, United States 10-19-09
    Laura Arlington, VA, United States 10-19-09 Member Since 2008
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    "I'm taking up running again"

    Great book from start to finish. Narrator added the icing to this cake! I didn't want the book to end and ended up finding actual pictures of the participants in the race as well as some of the original articles from the author on the web. What an inspirational story.

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    Anna DavieKorea, Republic Of 10-13-09
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    "Best book I've read in a long time!"

    Great characters, amazing stories, overall a very inspiring piece.

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