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Born to Run A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0307279189
ISBN-13: 9780307279187
Sku: 212323738
Publish Date: 3/29/2011
Pages:  287
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An adventure enthusiast and contributing editor to Mens Health traces the running history of the Tarahumara Native Americans, assessing how they have produced athletes capable of long-distance runs without rest or injury and how they compare against professional runners. Reprint. *Author: McDougall, Christopher *Subtitle: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen *Publication Date: 2011/03/29 *Number of Pages: 287 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.25
Christopher McDougall, a journalist and running enthusiast, sets out in search of a legendary tribe of tireless runners who live within the massive Copper Canyon of Mexico. The Tarahumara Indians reportedly can run for hundreds of miles without wearing down, and switch instantly to sprint mode to chase down a deer if necessary. McDougall struggles through miles of wilderness to find the reclusive Tarahumara, and is surprised to find a mysterious outsider named Caballo Blanco, or "white horse," living among them. As McDougall trains with the Indians and learns their ancient secrets of health and endurance, he achieves a sense of enlightenment which will completely alter his perspective on running and every other form of motion. To celebrate his newfound spirituality and stamina, he organizes a grueling 50-mile race between members of the Tarahumara tribe and an eclectic mix of distance champions from the United States.


"[McDougall's] prose is light and airy, informative without being pretentious....[H]e offers insightful sidebars on a variety of topics....[in this] terrific ride, recommended for any athlete." (starred review) 04/01/2009

"[BORN TO RUN has] a fascinating subject, and the pages of [the book] are packed with examples of McDougall's fascination....[It] is an examination of sport, an allegory of cross-cultural understanding and a catalogue of philosophies of living....[and] a thrilling read, even for someone who couldn't care less about proper stride and split times and energy gels." - Dan Zak 06/21/2009

"BORN TO RUN is like those dreams many of us have, which start simply and end in the land of the bizarre....McDougall recounts his quest to understand these near superhuman ultra-runners with adrenaline-pumped writing, humor and a distinct voice. Pulling you with him through sun-crisped canyons, plopping you into the path of sweat-less super athletes, and crushing your faith in Nike, he never lets go from his impassioned mantra that humans were born to run." - Genevieve Wanucha 07/26/2009

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