Born to Run: The hidden tribe, the ultra-runners, and the greatest race the world has never seen

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Profile Books, Dec 9, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 287 pages
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At the heart of Born to Run lies a mysterious tribe of Mexican Indians, the Tarahumara, who live quietly in canyons and are reputed to be the best distance runners in the world; in 1993, one of them, aged 57, came first in a prestigious 100-mile race wearing a toga and sandals. A small group of the world's top ultra-runners (and the awe-inspiring author) make the treacherous journey into the canyons to try to learn the tribe's secrets and then take them on over a course 50 miles long.

With incredible energy and smart observation, McDougall tells this story while asking what the secrets are to being an incredible runner. Travelling to labs at Harvard, Nike, and elsewhere, he comes across an incredible cast of characters, including the woman who recently broke the world record for 100 miles and for her encore ran a 2:50 marathon in a bikini, pausing to down a beer at the 20 mile mark.

  

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Captivating blend of storytelling and research. - Goodreads
McDougall is a terrible writer. - Goodreads
Character development is rich and imagery is colorful! - Goodreads
Motivating, educational, inspiring! - Goodreads
The right story but told by the wrong writer. - Goodreads
Brilliant. It is easy to read. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Shannon - Goodreads

Breezed through his book and loved it all! Highly recommend for runners or aspiring ones! Read full review

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

User Review  - Kanav Kalia - Goodreads

An awesome book for not only marathon runners but into the art of running and why humans were meant to be runners. Must read for marathoners. Read full review

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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 and Men's Journal. He does his own running among the Amish farms around his home in rural Pennsylvania.

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