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Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen [Paperback]

Christopher McDougall
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15 April 2010

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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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (15 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861978774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861978776
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (437 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Quite simply the best book you'll ever read about running - it's brilliant, and brilliantly life-affirming. (Lloyd Bradley, author of The Rough Guide to Running)

A classic ... in ultrarunners McDougall uncovers a tribe worthy of the pioneering drifters that fired the American spirit, and in McDougall ultrarunners have found their own Kerouac or Krakauer. (Tim Butcher, author of Blood River)

Reaches the state of bliss that runners very occasionally experience in the midst of an endless run. (Simon Kuper FT)

Fascinating stuff, particularly for anyone who's ever been frustrated by the apparently shoddy mechanics of their own running body. (Victoria Moore Daily Mail 2010-04-30)

A sensation ... a rollicking tale well told (Rick Broadbent The Times 2010-04-23)

Part how-to manual, part scientific treatise but throughout a ripping yarn, this book will inspire everyone who reads it to think on their feet. (Simon Redfern Independent on Sunday 2010-04-25)

If you're a runner, you probably won't reach the end of the first chapter without bolting for the door to get some miles behind you. (Leeds Guide 2010-04-28)

[A] major voice of a new movement. (Bernard Goldberg HBO 2010-05-20)

Good books about running are rare - Haruki Murakami's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is a meditative jog compared to this blistering endurance tester - but this ranks among the strongest. (Julian Fleming Sunday Business Post 2010-05-18)

Utterly unputdownable ... a fascinating peek into the lives of the publicity-shy Tarahumara and the collection of misfits who populate the world of ultra-running ... the final race in Mexico's Copper Canyon will have you turning pages faster than Usain Bolt can run for a bus. (Natasha Young Wanderlust 2010-06-01)

If you're a runner, you'll love it. It's about how far we can go spiritually and physically. (Kate Hudson, Actress Elle 2010-10-01)

Inspiring stuff (Amy Lawrenson Elle 2011-08-01)

I read Born to Run last year and it affected me profoundly. I thought, "F*** it. I'm gonna run a marathon." (Flea (of Red Hot Chili Peppers) Runner's World 2011-10-01)

Loved this book ... completely wonderful. It will inspire you whether you're already a runner or not. (Lauren Laverne Twitter 2014-01-06)

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"Hugely entertaining...one of the most joyful and engaging books about running to appear for many years." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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236 of 243 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story, and much more 16 May 2009
By T. Sull
Format:Hardcover
Born to Run succeeds at three levels. First, it is a page turner. The build up to a fifty-mile foot race over some of the world's least hospitable terrain drives the narrative forward. Along the way McDougall introduces a cast of characters worthy of Dickens, including an almost superhuman ultramarathoner, Jenn and the Bonehead--a couple who down bottles of booze to warm up for a race, Barefoot Ted, Mexican drug dealers, a ghostly ex-boxer, a heartbroken father, and of course the Tarahumara, arguably the greatest runners in the world.

Born to Run is such a rip-roaring yarn, that it is easy to miss the book's deeper achievements. At a second level, McDougall introduces and explores a powerful thesis--that human beings are literally born to run. Recreational running did not begin with the 1966 publication of "Jogging" by the co-founder of Nike. Instead, McDougall argues, running is at the heart of what it means to be human. In the course of elaborating his thesis, McDougall answers some big questions: Why did our ancestors outlive the stronger, smarter Neanderthals? Why do expensive running shoes increase the odds of injury? The author's modesty keeps him from trumpeting the novelty and importance of this thesis, but it merits attention.

Finally, Born to Run presents a philosophy of exercise. The ethos that pervades recreational and competitive running--"no pain, no gain," is fundamentally flawed, McDougall argues. The essence of running should not be grim determination, but sheer joy. Many of the conventions of modern running--the thick-soled shoes, mechanical treadmills, take no prisoners competition, and heads-down powering through pain dull our appreciation of what running can be--a sociable activity, more game than chore, that can lead to adventure. McDougall's narrative moves the book forward, his thesis provides a solid intellectual support, but this philosophy of joy animates Born to Run. I hope this book finds the wide audience it deserves
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for ultra-runners and super-athletes... 24 May 2009
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The title of this book suggests it is a tale about ultra-distance runners and tales of heroic enterprise. That is partially true, but not the entire truth, and that is why this book deserves a wide audience.

Under the tale of a 50 mile race through inhospitable terrain is a theme that running is fun, and that humans are uniquely adapted to running to such a degree that it is suggested that the trappings of civilisation have denied us our essential nature.

Using the story of a mystery runner in the canyons of Mexico as a thread, we are lead through a discussion of the mental and physical aspects of running, with a look at how tribes untouched by "civilisation" around the world demonstrate McDougall's thesis.

McDougall presents a convincing argument that biologically and mentally we are designed to be distance runners. He argues that it is external issues - the selling of running shoes, the limitations we put on ourselves and that society attempts to impose - that prove to be the limiting factor for many of us. If anything, the characters presented become not super-athletes (as some authors have portrayed ultra runners) but actually very ordinary people who have chosen to ignore the preconceptions about what we "ought" to be able to do.

Yes, the book does give a lot of insight into ultra running - but it also has as a lot in it for anyone who runs, be you someone who runs for pleasure and excercise, or a keen competitive athlete. Highly recommended.
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185 of 206 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fictionalised and often disingenuous account 31 Jan 2011
By Gerund
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I realise I'm in minority here but I really didn't enjoy this book at all. As a result of all the rave reviews I bought a copy for both myself and a friend - we were both hugely disappointed.

The author, Christopher McDougall, is an American magazine correspondent and this perhaps goes someway to explain a lot of what I didn't like about the book. To begin with, it is written in a totally 'omniscient' manner, ie McDougall can see inside everyone's head. This is excessive, continuous, and extends right across the board from events to which he was privy, through events to which he was not, on to imagined `eureka moments' of various research scientists. In a similar manner, he describes events from the past, where he wasn't present, in a way he clearly feels will paint some sort of picture: eg "Then she wiped her greasy mouth on her sports bra, burped up some Dew, and bounded off". Maybe she did wipe her mouth on her sports bra, but I doubt it, and I feel quite sure she never gave him an account, years later, of her burp.

In a similar vein I confess that I didn't like the continuous use of words like `chomp' instead of `eat' and `chug' instead of `drink'. I imagine that is just a difference in usage when comparing opposite sides of the Atlantic but I did find myself wishing someone would just 'eat' something! And I do wonder if the use of block capitals as well as italics was really necessary. I am not talking about the start of each chapter but sentences like:
"...I remember thinking What in the HELL? How in the HELL is this possible? That was the first thing, the first CHINK IN THE WALL, that MAYYYBEE modern shoe companies don't have all the answers..." (nine of those lowercase words are in italics, which I can't format here).
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 9 Dec 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Being interested in pushing my running further I looked at a number of ultra distance books and picked this one because of the numerous and unanimous good reviews it had. Once started, I couldn't put it down. A fantastic read, not just for runners but sporty people generally. The author doesn't try and say 'look how good I am, I'm better than you' but rather says 'look, I was struggling, kept having problems and couldn't progress further - much like everyone else out there and wanted to see if I could change that'. It was that attitude that I liked. With a healthy portion of story interwoven with scientific study, the history of ultra running and the coming of the running shoe, the book was a perfect length, very well written and I've recommended it to anyone I know who's into any sort of sport.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not bad, but wasn't as impressive as I was expecting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars From my armchair, into the Canyons ...
I read this to understand my ultra-runner daughter. Now I understand! It's a very readable book - an intriguing story, well told, that underlines real athletic achievements. Read more
Published 5 days ago by A. West
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating and inspiring! Not only did I learn a ...
Captivating and inspiring! Not only did I learn a lot, but I changed my running style, shoes and diet after reading this book (oh, and I moved to South America too, so I guess I... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Runner's Bible
Utterly contagious, this book caused me to take up barefoot running and I've never looked backed. Combining scientific journals, athlete biographies and a brilliant story... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Charlie Green
5.0 out of 5 stars and also filled with tons of great knowledge.
An incredible story - very inspiring, very motivating, and also filled with tons of great knowledge.
Published 18 days ago by Thomas Jakobsen
5.0 out of 5 stars What it means to be Human
This book is about far more than running. It is a book about being human. A book about how we were made and having forgotten are now getting into terrible problems. Read more
Published 21 days ago by TPat
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
About to go back to page 1 and re-read it. Now I'm required to say a few more words for the quota...
Published 24 days ago by JMaj
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Great book. Super easy to read but hard to put down. Super info for those suffering with running injuries. I hope to benefit from the information.
Published 29 days ago by pkburns
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, Christopher McDougall really keep you enterteined all the way through
Published 1 month ago by Bonscraft
5.0 out of 5 stars Best running book I have ever read
Has changed my whole outlook to running.. I've started over again with a fresh outlook, I only wish I had read this years ago and saved myself a lot of pain..
Published 1 month ago by Dave Robertson
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