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
"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)
Yes, it was fun and informative.
Hard to pick just one, there are so many likable positive folks in this book.
Caballo Blanco, for the element of mystery.
Secrets of the Canyons
that it is about real people you have never heard of who do some amazing things just for love or just because
also I really appreciated the interviewing of both business economic issues and the scientific issues
This is my favourite audio book thus far. It is GREAT!
Great story, great characters, engaging and inspiring as well as informative. Loved it!
Well delivered. Kept me engaged and kept the story moving.
Yes. I will also likely listed to it again.
I have recommended this to a number of people. It really deserves the incredible praise it has received. I had VERY high expectations and the book exceeded them.
Yes, very different.
The different stories of all the runners.
Liked them all.
Story of great runners with some personal health ideas.
Worth listening too. Very good reader!
Cape Town, South Africa
Several of my friends had encouraged me to read this book, but I was convinced that I belonged to another species, one that was NOT born to run! But there has been something which fascinated me about running, despite my dislike of it, and so I capitulated and listened to this book. Wow! It was just incredible! It is very well written and researched and communicates a knowledge about running, ultramarathons, evolution, our bodies, mindfulness, compassion and love. I enjoyed every minute of this book, it was so well narrated by Fred Sanders who brought it the energy and excitement with which it ought to be read! I was convinced, I too am born to run!
I am a runner coming back from an injury and I absolutely love this book. I listen to audio books while I run and this was the perfect choice. It's very positive and motivational. I also enjoy the narration. You don't have to be a runner to enjoy this book.
I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.
Wow! 3 days ago I had no idea I would be so hooked by this story. I am not a runner and wasn't in my plans reading about it. I exercise almost daily, but that was not the motive I read this book. I was looking at another listener's page, and saw this wonderful review about "Born To Run". Then, suddenly, instead of reading the 5 books that were already on my library, I bought this one and put in the top of the list. In 2 days I was finished. And, I miss this book already. I could feel the writer's heart pounding when I was reading it, the intense, passionate feelings about ultramarathon. I bought chia. It made me rethink about nike and, for the first time, I thought about running barefoot (or almost)....
Great book. Buy it. Read it.
I cannot say. I have only listened to the audio version. However I suspect that it is every bit as good, and probably slightly better.
Of course Caballo Blanco. I had tears in my eyes when his crazy idea came to fruition. I felt like I could share his obvious elation.
Again, hard to judge not having read the book. However I am English, so I loved his American accent which suited this tale perfectly as the crazy disparate and wonderul Americans went into Mexico for the race.
Born To Run - Prepare to be inspired and have your spirits raised like never before!
I could not praise this book highly enough. Even as a non-runner I was gripped from the first page. The writing is somewhat journalistic, but that really works when listening in the car.
At first the book sounds like one of those 'barefoot cult' books: run in bare feet because when we were monkeys we did it and now it will cure all your leg problems. And 'looks at us, we found a tribe of people who run ultra marathon's every day, they drink a special corn beer and have no currency'. Yeah, okay. But the book quickly gets past that and tells a very engaging story about how the Tarahumara (said corn beer drinkers) come to run an ultra marathon in the USA, the people that abuse them, the folks who want to learn from them, how a group goes to Mexico to run with them, etc. - the author grabs you with impossible situations (climbing out of a Mexican canyon at night with drug thugs around), how the Tarahumara ditch their shoe sponsor shoes during a race, or American ultra marathoner running out of water on a 100 degree day and lost in a canyon. You just can't put the book down! Interjected in the story are interviews that explain how running shoes have impacted our feet and amazing descriptions of our anatomy that uniquely equip us to run and run far. While I'm going to keep my shoes on, it does give me a lot to think about. If your a runner, this is a must read. If you're not, you love the stories, and maybe, just maybe you'll think about taking a jog!
I love the way he reads, just very warm, well assured and great infliction's. TERRIBLE at imitating women's voices though! (for obvious reasons)
Fantastic book, exceptional audio book but it does drag on and go off on a different path from the main story for a painfully long time in places, which I can understand is to help create a fuller picture of the characters involved, but really the book could have been almost a quarter shorter than it is. I still very much enjoyed the book and found it inspiring!
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