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

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Vintage Books, 2011 - Social Science - 287 pages
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An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?
Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America’s best ultra-runners against the tribe. McDougall’s incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.

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Fascinating, and page turner. - Goodreads
I enjoyed the writing in this book. - Goodreads
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The July 2012 selection for my book club. - Goodreads

fantastic book

User Review  - Thomas Drouin - Flipkart

Well written, interesting approach on running and evolution. I read it like a detective novel. I would love to read it again. Read full review

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User Review  - Kate Wickersham - Goodreads

This was an entertaining read. My boyfriend swore it would make me want to run - which it didn't, seriously, I can barely make it around the block let alone 100 miles, but I enjoyed it. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Christopher McDougall is a former war correspondent for the Associated Press and is now a contributing editor for Men's Health. A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he has written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Men's Journal, and New York. He does his own running among the Amish farms around his home in rural Pennsylvania.

Christopher McDougall is available for select readings and lectures. To inquire about a possible appearance, please contact Random House Speakers Bureau at or visit

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