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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Incredible.

I couldn't wait to hear more but I dreaded reaching the end. This will be one I'll read and listen to for the rest of my life.

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excellent content ....changes the way you think

this book will challenge conventional wisdom about many things that about running and about the history and progress of the human race.

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Exceptional!

Can't find a better book to listen to while running!
Wish there was a pdf companion with all the data and photos they talk about. I just finished listening and I miss it already.

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Epic!!!

Touching, inspiring, educational, entertaining. I absolutely loved this book! The only part I didn't like was when it ended.

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Loved it!

This was a great story and as a new runner inspired me as I trained and ran my first ever 5K.

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It was am awesome book. It explains one of our most primitive abilities running. I have a perfect body for it

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Riveting

This book had me on the edge of my seat. I mainly listen to audio books in my car, and often found myself sitting inside listening, long after I'd reached my destination.

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Very inspiring story!

Very inspiring story! I want to know more about ultra running and the tarahumaras. Great way to discover running as a way of life.

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Remarkable Book

absolutely captivating to the last. very well put together. good mixture of storytelling and informative narration.

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Great book!

I liked the science and research, I did not agree with the whole evolution aspect, or the animal products are not good, but it gave me a lot to think about for running. I loved the authors style and the reader did a great job.