Born To Run – Chris McDougall Talks About His New Book

Just saw this on 100kms Ass.

On 21st April 2009 at 6pm we are hosting a talk on the fabulous new running book Born to Run. Chris McDougall, a writer at large for Runner’s World and an Ultramarathoner, has a new book out about running. What sets his book apart from all the rest out there is a unique story about the best (and most reclusive) Ultrarunners in the world, how he came to compete with them, in a 50 mile race, on their terrain – the almost impenetrable Barrancas del Cobre, Mexico’s Copper canyons – and the way it transformed not only his running but his whole outlook on the reason we are inspired to run.

Chris had heard the tales about the Tarahumara, a tribe of Mexican Indians who are reputed to be the best distance runners in the world. In 1993 one of them won a prestigious 100-mile race wearing a toga and sandals – and he was fifty-seven years old. So he set out to find them, and to discover their secrets, during the search he encountered some remarkable characters from the world of Ultra Trail Running, and by the end of it had transformed himself from a guy who struggled to run a few miles without getting injured into a proper Ultrarunner.

He also discovered that contrary to what your doctor might say, humans are made for Ultrarunning.

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2 Responses to "Born To Run – Chris McDougall Talks About His New Book"

  1. greeting, UK ultrarunners — i’m glad you happened across the announcement of the Run & Become event for “Born to Run”. I hope many of you can make it, and i’ll do my best to make it worth your while. i’ll be discussing some of the research i’ve done into the physiology and anthropology of human running and telling some tales of our adventures among the Tarahumara down in the Copper Canyons. if you come armed with ultrarunning trivia, you have a good chance of winning a free book — i’ll be giving some away as quiz prizes. (hint: one answer is on this page at this very moment).
    till soon —
    chris mcdougall

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