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


Title: Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Author: Christopher McDougall
Length: 282 pages
Published in: 2009
Genre: non-fiction (sports, running)
ISBN: 9780307279187
Source: personal collection
Reason for Reading: This book was my local library’s community reads book. And as I’m a newer runner, it sounded interesting.
Rating: 5/5

Summary (from

Isolated by Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America’s best ultra-runners against the tribe. McDougall’s incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.


My Thoughts: Even though it took me probably 4-5 months to read this, it was really superb. My interest in reading dropped for the last half of the year, but when I did read, it was hard to put it down. I found the chapters about “persistence hunting” where men chased animals to exhaustion and about the birth of modern running shoes to be the most interesting. Nick doesn’t believe me that men can chase antelope to death or outrun a horse in a long distance run. Truth be told, I probably wouldn’t believe it either if I didn’t know what runners could do. I’d recommend this to runners or hide interested in superathletes/endurance, for sure.


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