Regular price: $31.93

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

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)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    7,928
  • 4 Stars
    2,208
  • 3 Stars
    516
  • 2 Stars
    129
  • 1 Stars
    75

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5,727
  • 4 Stars
    1,743
  • 3 Stars
    365
  • 2 Stars
    51
  • 1 Stars
    39

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5,979
  • 4 Stars
    1,462
  • 3 Stars
    396
  • 2 Stars
    78
  • 1 Stars
    50
Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great story, not helpful for learning to run

I loved the story and the performance. It was really a joy to learn about Christopher's journey to see the world's best runners, and many of the characters are quite funny. However, if you're looking to learn how to run, this book won't really tell you anything technical. It is, however, a great starting point to learning about a different way to run so you can search how to do it later on your own.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Thomas
  • McKinney, TX
  • 08-15-15

Pretty good

It's a pretty good book with great narration. I preferred the book Eat and Run but this book is a must have for runners as well.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Carroll
  • Hilo, HI, United States
  • 08-06-15

Amazing tales of Ultra Runners

Well researched & written to entertain as well as inform.... a great explanation of human long distance running & I learned a few tricks as well!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Amazing read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely, I am a little more than 3/4 of the way through this book and if it ended now it would be one the best reads I've had in a long time. I can't wait to read the rest.

Have you listened to any of Fred Sanders’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Several times I had to change my clothes and listen on the run as the story compelled me to go out and enjoy a few miles.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

a great story inspirational

for a wannabe runner this Tori will hopefully get you off the couch I believe is going to work for me

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great read!

The book does a great job at capturing the evolution of running. I'm a barefoot runner by nature but it was interesting to hear about how running has changed throughout the years.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

One of my top 3 reads of all time

I have been captivated by the storytelling in this book... I loved the characters, loved the stories and I am so inspired by the whole thing!

What a magical read!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Awesome book!

Captivatingly romantic storytelling while also informational and eye opening into the world of ultrarunning. Very interesting and fun read!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Captivating

I could not "put it down". Each chapter leads you into the next and the author does an excellent job of weaving in interesting side stories and research into the main narrative. I started this yesterday morning and have finished it in less than 36 hours. I'm sure I will be listening again!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Inspirational!

Would you consider the audio edition of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen to be better than the print version?

The narrator is just great! I haven't read the print version, but this audio version really brought all the characters to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen?

I loved the interactions between the Tarahumara and the "outsiders" when they were getting to know each other and learning to work together.

Which scene was your favorite?

The big race -- all of it.

Any additional comments?

It was frustrating to be in the middle of a story -- like the race in Colorado -- and having it interrupted by extensive background information on every new character who was introduced. And yet, when we got to the main race in the end, we knew all the characters really well, so I guess it was worth listening to all that information.