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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One of the most gripping books I've read in a long time, even if you're not into running at all. Excellent storyline, likable characters and very well written. Christoper gruadually explains why we ... Read full review

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Well written though a little slow in spots. It presents a fascinating picture of running and how, contrary to what many doctors believe, humans are the creatures on this planet best adapted to running ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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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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