Born to Run: The hidden tribe, the ultra-runners, and the greatest race the world has never seen
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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Review: Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never SeenUser Review - Preyanka Clark Prakash - Goodreads
Many people criticize this book for its hyperbole. It IS a work of creative non-fiction, which is what makes it so damn entertaining, but it seems to me that the author was also careful in the way ... Read full review
Review: Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never SeenUser Review - Vikram - Goodreads
This is a book that helped me get back to reading non-fiction after a while! It took me close to six months of constant prodding(by myself!) to complete it! And it was totally worth it! It not only ... Read full review