Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

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Profile Books, 2009 - Athletes - 287 pages
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'Make friends with pain, and you will never be alone.'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
This book was entertaining, inspiring, and educational. - Goodreads
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Smart, funny, interesting and a real page turner. - Goodreads

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If there has been one thing that has made me wish I liked to run, it's this book. It's very inspiring & McDougall does a great job of intertwining the story of his running experience, the history of the Running People, & the history of running itself. Read full review

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Extremely well written, engaging, and inspiring! I could not put this book down! Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
18
Section 3
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About the author (2009)

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.

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