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


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Liz Pollak, August 7, 2012 (view all comments by Liz Pollak)
Excellent book that tells a great story and motivates me to go out and exercise!
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amy clark, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by amy clark)
Inspiration through running and words.
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Jan Chavarie, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Jan Chavarie)
Whether you believe the barefoot running theory or not, this is a great read!
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dangerduncs, January 4, 2012 (view all comments by dangerduncs)
Christopher McDougall tells a fascinating story about the terahumara, a native tribe in Mexico, that run barefoot for hundreds of miles. He balances the story about the terahumara and their long distance running with some of the science behind running, which is interesting. Also there is a fun race between some American ultradistance runners against the terahumara. It is a great story and it has helped inspire some of my friends and myself to enjoy running a lot more.
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lbmm, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by lbmm)
While there has been some controversy over the authors portrayal of the Taroumra people, as over romanticized this book still does what it sets out to do. It is a book about the love of running and the people who do it. As a life long (short distance)runner I have flirted with the idea of expanding and this book was a catalyst that spurred me to begin my marathon training. I am two half marathons deep now with a full only a few months away.

While I can't say this book changed my life, or my desire to wear real shoes, it did open my eyes to the amazing athletes who practice the sport. And it inspired me and reminded me to push myself harder and farther. As far as a book designed to help people discover and cultivate the joy of running, I think this book succeeds marvelously.

McDougall does a great job of winding multiple story threads together, that makes for an entertaining read. The writing is simple and clean, and managed to make running 50 and 100 miles sound really exciting, instead of just painful. I recommend this book to runners, sports fans and people interested in learning how far you can push the human body.
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McDougall, Christopher
Vintage Books
Running & Jogging
Anthropology - Cultural
Special Interest - Adventure
anthropology;cultural anthropology
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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (Vintage) Used Trade Paper
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"Staff Pick" by ,

Born to Run is the one of those books you just can't keep to yourself. In fact, it's probably the one title I've recommended more than any other in the last two years. It has a little bit of everything: adventure, travel, history, science, and sport, all wrapped up in a fun, quick-reading package. Trust me. After reading this book, you will not be able to stop talking about it.

"Review" by , “Hugely entertaining....One of the most joyful and engaging books about running to appear for many years.”
"Review" by , “Equal parts quest, physiology treatise, and running history....[McDougall] seeks to learn the secrets of the Tarahumara the old-fashioned way: He tracks them down. ...The climactic race reads like a sprint....It simply makes you want to run.”
"Review" by , “Compelling....Entertaining....[McDougall] uses an extended portrait of one of the world's least known cultures, the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico's Copper Canyons, to put modern American running under an exacting magnifying glass.”
"Review" by , Born to Run is funny, insightful, captivating, and a great and beautiful discovery.”
"Review" by , “A page-turner, taking the reader on an epic journey in search of the world’s greatest distance runners in an effort to uncover the secrets of their endurance.”
"Review" by , “Driven by an intense yet subtle curiosity, Christopher McDougall gamely treads across the continent to pierce the soul and science of long-distance running."
"Review" by , "One of the most entertaining running books ever."
"Review" by , “It’s a great book....A really gripping read....Unbelievable story....a really phenomenal book.”
"Synopsis" by , An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America's best ultra-runners against the tribe. McDougall's incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.
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