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

When McDougall, a life-long runner, sustains an injury, his research into its cause takes some unexpected turns.  Soon, he's descending into Mexico's sun-baked Copper Canyons in search of the Tarahumara Indians, who have spent centuries perfecting the art of long-distance running.  After studying their techniques, McDougall prepares for a harrowing 50-mile race through the Canyons that will pit the Tarahumara against some of the best professional runners in the U.S.

Engrossing from its very first page, Born to Run explores the possibilities of human athletic achievement and how the ability to run is tied to survival. 

“There's something so universal about that sensation, the way running unites our two most primal impulses: fear and pleasure. We run when we're scared, we run when we're ecstatic, we run away from our problems and run around for a good time.”

Christopher McDougall is the author of Born to Run, Natural Born Heroes, and Girl Trouble.  He has written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Men's Journal, and New York.

Published:  2009
Length:  287 pages
Set in:  Mexico; United States