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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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    Jonathan Recor 06-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "This will make you want to get out and run"

    Fred sanders did a fantastic job reading this captivating story. I found myself more and more excited to read/listen to it each time I had to pause. This book and its contents dominated my conversations for the duration of the read and weeks after. The story is so intriguing and the information so interesting I would recommend this book to people who have never exercised in their lives. It was so much fun.

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    I've done some running but never cared for it.....like lifting weights....not an end ...just a means....but this yarn is transcendent. ...it's a great story and packed with profound sports knowledge. ...6 stars

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    "Boring as hell"

    Maybe as a written book that allows you to read at a glance and skip passages, it may be a bearable text. 20 chapters in it and nothing scientific appears to pop up about running technics.

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    Adam Boyajian 05-28-15
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    "The fastest book I've ever "read""

    An amazing story filled scattered with facts and lessons learned. I have never been so glued to a story in my life. Truly a gem that I have already recommended to others!

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    What a cool story, mixing action and adventure with some culture and science, all the while presenting a fascinating cast of characters... I am inspired to learn to run better and to one day visit the Copper Camyons of Mexico...

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    "Great inspiration!"

    Love this book! Very inspirational! It may even turn me into a runner!! Can't wait to read Scott Jurek's book Eat and Run next.

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    rasec8711 05-15-15
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    "After the Bible, this is my favorite book ever"

    I'm not going to confess that tears of excitement came out on the second to last chapter, but I will say that this guy is most likely unable to write a boring email! So amazing, extremely intriguing, and inspiring! I've never read a book twice, but I will definitely read this again, starting today (I finished it today).

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    Deeanna D Swartz 05-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Complex story that draws you in"

    I loved it!! It was a bit tricky to follow at times, but I loved it. I'm going to listen to it again.

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    Great story. Great caracters. Captivating. Enjoyed the narrative immensely. This book was a great losten. Highly recommend.

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    Early thirties, mother of two, non- athlete but started running this year, and I loved this book! Want to read again!

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