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Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen | Paperback

Released on 15 April 2010

Author: Christopher McDougall | Format: Paperback

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Focuses on the Tarahumara, a mysterious tribe of Mexican Indians, who live quietly in canyons and are reputed to be the best distance runners in the world. This title tells their story while asking what the secrets are to being an incredible runner.

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 Not just for runners

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Great book, I plan on giving this as Christmas present to lots of people this year. Highly recommended

 A Total Inspiration

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Is it foolishness to say that books, music, people can change your life? I don't know, but I do know this book has changed my view of life and what I am/am not capable of. Everything about this book is life confirming and if you don't put it down and wonder if you too could run 50 miles, then I would be amazed.

I now run barefoot, wherever and whenever I can, in the total conviction that humans can't improve on the body's design and you know what, I am happier, and yes, I do run marathons now.

Buy it now. Change your life now!!

 Fascinating, inspiring and highly entertaining

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Rarely does any book manage to quite so easily span across so many different areas, managing as it does to encompass a history of running, in both social and evolutionary terms, alongside mini-biographies of numerous protagonists and informative and factually-rich accounts of the journey to the so-called 'greatest race the world has never seen', all woven together with McDougall's entertaining story-telling style.
Each time I picked up the book, even if I only read 5 pages during my lunch hour, I put it down again having learned something new, or having adopted a new understanding of concepts that I thought were fairly self-explanatory and clear-cut. Not only was I spellbound by the magic and mystery of the story of the Tarahumara (or 'Raramuri'), but I found myself reconsidering everything I thought I knew about running - perhaps the recreational pastime that is more like second-nature than any other. I tried to take on the lessons learned about running technique, as well as undergoing more esoteric self-analysis about my position in an ever-changing world of technology and scientific advancement, as well as taking it upon myself to try for myself some of the ancient recipes for food and drink (namely Iskiate and Pinole) that the Tarahumara still use to this day.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough, from a scientific, sporting, anthropological, literary, historical, evolutionary or casual-reader perspective, it is a fantastic read and McDougall's research and attention to detail is first-rate. The only criticism I have is that I have nearly finished it already!


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Really interesting read - story of an amazing event mixed in with scientific evidence and some exellent research

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AuthorChristopher McDougall
PublisherProfile Books Ltd (GB)
FormatPaperback - 304 Pages