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Born To Run: The Hidden Tribe, The Ultra-Runners and The Greatest Race The World Has Never Seen is centrally focused on a mysterious tribe of Mexican Indians called the Tarahumara. These nomadic folk lived quietly in canyons and are reputed to be the best distance runners in the world.

Taking you all the way back to 1993, the author Christopher McDougall describes one of the Mexican Indians in particular, who was aged 57 and came first in first in a prestigious 100-mile race wearing a toga and sandals.

In an attempt to unravel the secrets of the tribe, the author and his group of the world's top ultra-runners make the treacherous journey into the canyons. McDougall narrates the story of his adventure with incredible energy and smart observation, while finding out the recipe to being an incredible runner.

His quest takes him to labs at Harvard, Nike and elsewhere, bringing him face to face with a varied assortment of people, including one woman who is the world-record holder for 100 miles and did her encore run in a bikini, pausing to down a beer at the 20 mile mark.

Nothing short of fascinating and inspiring, Born To Run: The Hidden Tribe, The Ultra-Runners and The Greatest Race The World Has Never Seen is destined to become a classic. McDougall uncovers the tribe worthy of the pioneering drifters that fired the American spirit and sends you on a state of bliss that runners very rarely experience in the midst of an endless run. This book was published on 15 April 2010 and is available in paperback.

Key Features

  • The author and his team of of the world's top ultra-runners discover the secrets of incredible running from a Mexican Indian tribe.
  • Includes accounts of the author's encounters at various other labs for finding this secret.

Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd (15 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861978774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861978776
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm


Quite simply the best book you'll ever read about running - it's brilliant, and brilliantly life-affirming.

A classic ... in ultrarunners McDougall uncovers a tribe worthy of the pioneering drifters that fired the American spirit, and in McDougall ultrarunners have found their own Kerouac or Krakauer.

Reaches the state of bliss that runners very occasionally experience in the midst of an endless run.

Fascinating stuff, particularly for anyone who's ever been frustrated by the apparently shoddy mechanics of their own running body.

A sensation ... a rollicking tale well told

Part how-to manual, part scientific treatise but throughout a ripping yarn, this book will inspire everyone who reads it to think on their feet.

If you're a runner, you probably won't reach the end of the first chapter without bolting for the door to get some miles behind you.

[A] major voice of a new movement.

Good books about running are rare - Haruki Murakami's <i>What I Talk About When I Talk About Running</i> is a meditative jog compared to this blistering endurance tester - but this ranks among the strongest.

Utterly unputdownable ... a fascinating peek into the lives of the publicity-shy Tarahumara and the collection of misfits who populate the world of ultra-running ... the final race in Mexico's Copper Canyon will have you turning pages faster than Usain Bolt can run for a bus.

If you're a runner, you'll love it. It's about how far we can go spiritually and physically.

Inspiring stuff

I read<i> Born to Run</i> last year and it affected me profoundly. I thought, "F*** it. I'm gonna run a marathon."

Loved this book ... completely wonderful. It will inspire you whether you're already a runner or not.

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<p><b>'A fascinating and inspiring true adventure story ... destined to become a classic.' Ranulph Fiennes</b></p><p><b>A <i>New York Times</i> bestseller and word of mouth sensation.</b></p>

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