Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

Born to Run

By Christopher McDougall

  • Release Date: 2010-12-09
  • Genre: Extreme Sports
Score: 4.5
From 383 Ratings
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At the heart of Born to Run lies a mysterious tribe of Mexican Indians, the Tarahumara, who live quietly in canyons and are reputed to be the best distance runners in the world; in 1993, one of them, aged 57, came first in a prestigious 100-mile race wearing a toga and sandals. A small group of the world's top ultra-runners (and the awe-inspiring author) make the treacherous journey into the canyons to try to learn the tribe's secrets and then take them on over a course 50 miles long.

With incredible energy and smart observation, McDougall tells this story while asking what the secrets are to being an incredible runner. Travelling to labs at Harvard, Nike, and elsewhere, he comes across an incredible cast of characters, including the woman who recently broke the world record for 100 miles and for her encore ran a 2:50 marathon in a bikini, pausing to down a beer at the 20 mile mark.


  • An amazing read

    By Jgspt1989
    Easily the best book I have read to date, and not just the best book on running, the best book full stop.
  • Born to run

    By bazzarine
    Absolutely brilliant, one of the best books I have ever read. Would recommend it to anyone.
  • Inspirational

    By Vulcanicity
    A fantastic blend of humour, adventure, friendship and evolution. I couldn't have enjoyed it more. Thanks.
  • Truly Inspiring

    By beyond990
    Reading this book has me wanting to be out there running the ultras with the best of them. I'm 43 and have just restarted running after years away due to injury incurred while in the armed forces, while I'm miles away from my pace back then I do miss the distance running. This book has me running with style again and apart from muscles telling I'm working hard I'm in great shape. May be one day I can before I'm 50 I can do an ultra, just like Micha, 50 for my 50th. Thanks for the inspiration :-)
  • What an amazing read! Just formidable

    By MrCostello
    I am seriously in love with this book. I could read it again right away. For anybody, whether into running or not, this makes an amazing and factual story book, packed with inspiration and tips to be a better person and a better runner. Just brilliant! Loved every page.
  • Amazing

    By Jon Davis
    Truly inspiring, loved every second reading it
  • A great book

    By msamui
    Fantastic book, it has improved my whole mind set when I run, without this even being the intention of reading this book. A must for anyone who likes to run, whether its 10km a week or 100km a week!
  • Great read

    By HS1111111
    A genuinely inspiring read.
  • Born to Run

    By Zakass mr
    Wow totally amazing. Can't believe it has took me this long to read it. In a world full of selfish people and constant hatred a book about running wouldn't seem like its pages would release you from this, but it does. The Tarahumara people are amazing and if only we could all live a little like them we would be much better off. Has totally opened my eyes to barefoot running and am going to release the feet. Thank you for this and please get it and study its pages it could help us all. RIP Caballo Blanco
  • Born To Run - Born To Enthrall

    By Ezbass
    Who would've thought that a book about long distance running could be so gripping, entertaining and inspiring. Christopher MacDougall draws you into the otherworldliness of ultra running, spins an almost unbelievable yarn, teaches some biology and anthropology, gives a history lesson (both sports and commercial) and then inspired this double knee op, broken down, reluctant ex-runner to get out there again with the hope of running injury and pain free. A non fiction book which reads like a beach holiday best seller. Gripping, funny..... Read it and add you own superlatives.