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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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    Grant Atlanta, GA, USA 06-28-09
    Grant Atlanta, GA, USA 06-28-09
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    "Excellent Inspiration!"

    I did not know what to expect when starting this book. I was pleasantly surprised to find a book full of inspiration, information, and sheer entertainment. I highly recommend this book to runners and non-runners alike. Chris McDougall does an excellent job of analyzing the sport of running, and the various aspects that make humans as a race the perfect runners. Well worth the listen!

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    Michael HolonIsrael 06-26-09
    Michael HolonIsrael 06-26-09
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    "WOW ! Totally inspiring!"

    I've run 19.3 KM for the first time of my life while listening to this book.
    Till now 11KM was the max.
    Interesting, funny, inspiring!
    Awesome, dude!
    Thanx Chris!

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    Mitchell Torrance, CA, USA 06-26-09
    Mitchell Torrance, CA, USA 06-26-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Best listen in a long, long while"

    After listening, I immediately listened to the whole book a second time. It is a life-changing experience. It teaches you about endurance, life and the simple enjoyment of it all. Technically it's changed the way I exercise and eat. It should be required reading for our overeating, out of shape generation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Northampton, MA, USA 06-24-09
    Andrew Northampton, MA, USA 06-24-09 Member Since 2006
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    "From Plodder to Marathoner"

    I spend an hour a day plodding and listening to books. Listening to McDougall's book inspired and enthused me. In the two weeks since I've told everyone I meet, even a couple of strangers about it. Quite exciting and very interesting, it is filled with theories and facts to which even a plodder can relate.

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    Megan Morrissey 06-24-09 Member Since 2005
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    "A Must for all Runners and Those that Live with Us"

    I listened to this book for one hour and loved it so much I saved it to listen to while I ran the Lake City 50 Ultra in Colorado. I couldn't have related more to a book and recommended it to all my running friends. I am also having my husband and parents read it so they can understand how wonderfull it is to be a runner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Laguna HIlls, CA, United States 06-19-09
    Kathy Laguna HIlls, CA, United States 06-19-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved it!"

    Loved this book...Very inspiring. It makes you realize what we are capable of doing if we have the will and desire to do something.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. Yerkes Singapore 06-09-09
    A. Yerkes Singapore 06-09-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappointing, surprisingly."

    Taste is subjective and reviews vary, but I was surprised to find this a boring read, since I usually am enthralled by this genre -- the novelistic, self-helpish fitness book mixing advice, philosophy, and narration. In this case, I tired of the focus on the wild-n-crazy cast of running rebels, etc., and wished there were more reflective passages, or broader discussions of running in history and physiology. Also, I wanted more on the Tarahumara's history and worldview. The closely narrated description of the many races in the novel bored me.

    7 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie TOPSFIELD, MA, United States 11-09-12
    Jackie TOPSFIELD, MA, United States 11-09-12
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    I wanted some inspiration and was impressed by all the positive reviews but it's a weird story and does nothing to inspire. I'm pretty sure everyone who reviewed this audiobook must have either been paid or are family members. Isn't a cadaver a dead body? WTF?

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    Niki 11-25-11
    Niki 11-25-11
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    "Disappointing!"

    I like running and in reading this book, I thought I was going to find out about how to run better or at least I thought that I was going to read a good story about a hidden tribe. None of this matterialised. The book drifts on and on with no focus and no real story to tell. I didn't finish it. Quite boring after a while, even though it was exciting for the first 2-3 hours... Pity!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Olympia, Wa 12-05-09
    Cindy Olympia, Wa 12-05-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Enjoyable and informative"

    I am not a "runner", walking and jogging are enough for me, but I really enjoyed this book and learned a few things about running.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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