Born to Run - Christopher McDougall

Born to Run

By Christopher McDougall

  • Release Date: 2009-05-05
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors
Score: 4.5
From 2,739 Ratings


The astonishing national bestseller and hugely entertaining story that completely changed the way we run.

An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?
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.


  • Running Should be Free

    By proudmary25
    Even to the last sentence, this book encompasses the life of a runner. Even if that life doesn’t start until later in life. The ultrarunning community is so inspiring, it makes you feel like you can do anything you put your mind to. I highly recommend this book and Scott Jurek‘s Eat and Run; they go hand-in-hand.
  • My favorite book of all time.

    By JonathanM1994
    To be honest, I bought this on impulse. I started reading it and finished it in about 3 days. If you like running, are thinking about getting into running, or into stories about adventure, it is a must read. If you’re thinking about reading it, do it!
  • Best book ever.

    By Javakittyct
    Not just the best running book but inspirational and full of great stories. Loved it.
  • Great Read

    By Hustle Jay
    Loved the book, initially listened to the audiobook. It was intriguing and health conscious. There are so many interesting people out in the world relative to sports and health and finding solutions. Forwarded a few tips to friends and family regarding flat foot and the arch in your feet. Very informative read
  • What a great read

    By Gal in Waders
    Did I think this book was going to make me a great runner? Hardly. I'm 62, doing what I can for those who can no longer do things for themselves. The hook was learning the secret of a Mexican tribe of long distance runners who ran nearly invisible trails nearly barefoot for nearly no reason beyond the joy of running. Then I realized I had stumbled across what really good writing in the 21st century looked like.
  • Brilliant book!

    By Faithh1
    What an adventure. I just finished reading Scott Jurek's book, so I did need to adjust to a different writing style, but it didn't take long to get drawn into this story involving some pretty amazing people.
  • Read it twice!

    By Running...
    I read first time absolutely locked into every chapter. Such a great story, had to chew on it a while then go back and read it again. It was even better the second time!
  • Born to Run

    By Chef Suelo
  • Excellent book....great story

    By Nyihm
    Wasn't sure I was going to like it, but soon it became hard to put down... The author does digress a bit with side stories, of each character, but they are also very interesting. Learned a lot about running and evolution and will have me thinking differently the next time I go out for a jog. Very enjoyable, as I love reading about other people's lives that are not mainstream. Wish I could meet some of these people, as I find them all amazing.
  • Love/hate of running

    By rebeccawms
    I loved this book!! The words, the images, and the amazing race. I was hooked from page one and could not put it down. As a Native American runner myself....I appreciate how the story was told. The native people seem like an amazing tribe and this book has me thinking about running away.