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

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A great motivational read to get you up and running. I liked how simple and straightforward the book is about running, and how everyone, all human beings, have the innate ability to run. It's what our ... Read full review

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This book is so filled with self-congratulatory testosterone, that it is no wonder that the "secret tribe" is only identified by name and by the males' running ability. Other ultra runners, including ... 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, 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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