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

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

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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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    "Interesting!"

    Part history, part how to, part biography. Born to Run was funny and engaging. My take away was do what you love.

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    Samuel Johns 04-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "An exceptional insight into human evolution"

    My friends were right when they said I wouldn't want to put this down. An exceptional insight into human culture, history and evolution. The book is filled with deep research and amazing insights into the history of running. The stories will blow you away. Started on Saturday and finished on Wednesday. Great read/listen.

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    Joana 04-28-15
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    "Truly amazing"

    This book has easily become one of my favourite books ever. The story is amazing and I just wish it would last forever. Congratulations to Christopher McDougall but Fred Sanders also deserves great praise. I loved the narration.

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    Jeff V. 04-26-15
    Jeff V. 04-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    Great story. Well written. Inspiring! I'd read it again. A few unnecessary "bad words". Now to find another book to read.

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    Tracy Bunnell 04-26-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent!!"

    Runner or not that was an excellent book. The narrator did an excellent job as well. Grateful for the experience of this book. Moving entertaining and educational.

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    Daniel 04-26-15
    Daniel 04-26-15
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    Great adventure book! Full of inspiring people and stories brought together by the love for running. See you guys on the trails!

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    Alex Kaulins WA 04-24-15
    Alex Kaulins WA 04-24-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Inspiring! So simple and yet it's been hidden!"

    Fantastic story. Running is no longer a boring sport where you zone out, but a way of life, a way of being human. I loved hearing each characters own challenges and sporting triumphs. Wow.

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    Bill 04-23-15
    Bill 04-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    Story was very good. Well written.
    Most memorable moment: The nasty things that were drank in desperation.
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    Keegan 04-22-15
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    "Not just about running, it's an exposé on 'heart'"

    So, I had a lot of hype tossed at me about this book before I even got into it. But by minute 15, hands down, this was one of those rare moment when the hype is justifiable. This book is an amazing tale of human insurance, our species' capacity to explore, and how we wrestle the best out of ourselves even when we don't think there's anything left. It's a mantra for modern men and women who are trying to find a place in this chaotic world. Sometimes, to move forward, we must first look back. And, sometimes we have to do it at a run.

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    This is an amazing book that you really get caught up in. Great ideas and great story make it a must listen.

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