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

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Fred Sanders

11 Hours 7 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

May 2009

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Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.

Isolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence. With the help of Caballo Blanco, a mysterious loner who lives among the tribe, the author was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but also to find his own inner ultra-athlete, as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans, including a star ultramarathoner, a beautiful young surfer, and a barefoot wonder.

With a sharp wit and wild exuberance, McDougall takes us from the high-tech science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultrarunners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to the climactic race in the Copper Canyons. Born to Run is that rare book that will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that the secret to happiness is right at your feet, and that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.

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  • Kyle L

    This book is brilliantly made, and it has changed my life because I used to have major problems with my feet but opted to try walking with thin shoes and have never had a problems since.

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  • Jaime Vega

    As an ex runner that hasn't competed or stuck with my running, this book inspired me to get back at at it love the feel of running

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  • Anonymous

    Really excellent running book

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  • Cassandra C.

    Second listen. Wonders story. Wish I had been a trail runner, crazy people-

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  • Maria Duchesse

    A beautiful chronicle telling the stories of super athletes. Inspirational and upbeat shares how different views of running come to be in a race

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  • Tim F.

    excellent book. very inspiring.

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  • Melinda A.

    Just wow! What an amazing journey.

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  • Michele B.

    I absolutely loved this book! And Fred Sanders made the book so enjoyable to listening while I work. I’m 72, Still cleaning homes every day all day long. I have wanted to start running again. It has inspired me to get back outside and start running again. Looking forward to seeing how much I can still achieve.

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  • Amanda A

    Great book. Changed the way I think about running!

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  • Kemdall Messer

    Good book great read. Love topic very good nataitation

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