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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Christopher McDougall

Narrated By: Fred Sanders

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: May 2009

Duration: 11 hours 0 minutes


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.


  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Amanda A

    Great book. Changed the way I think about running!

  • Kemdall Messer

    Good book great read. Love topic very good nataitation

  • Umang Gopani

    Love this book. It has definitely made me run more now. I love how they have a great story with a scientific as well as a fact based approach. Very well narrated and written and you just fell in love with the characters. Cannot wait for the movie to be made.

  • Lauren Morgan

    What a great narrator! Book is great but narrator made it wonderful :)

  • Larry McCallister

    An eye opening look into our history and some very compelling evidence proving why we are made to run. I love how this book brings us back to reality by reminding us what our parents and grandparents told us. Don't always believe what you read or see on TV, and if it isn't broke, don't fix it.

  • dssanders

    Be sure to get the unabridged version. You'll want to hear this entire story, then go out for a run. Excellent descriptive writing. It's like you're watching this book unfold from the crowd (or the race). I also liked the scientific angle to this book, explaining in a sense how humans were all runners.

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

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