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    DescriptionAt 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.


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    Title
    Born to Run
    Subtitle
    The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Christopher McDougall
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 260 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781861978776
    ISBN 10: 1861978774
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: SPO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.6
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24460
    BIC subject category V2: WSKC
    BISAC V2.8: SPO046000
    Libri: ENGM5780
    DC22: 796.42
    Libri: LAEU2500, LAUF1000, LAUF3800, P0039937
    BISAC V2.8: BIO002000, SPO030000, SPO035000, SOC002010
    BIC subject category V2: WSE
    Thema V1.0: DNB, JBSL, SHBF, SXQ
    Publisher
    Profile Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Profile Books Ltd
    Publication date
    15 April 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Christopher McDougall is a former war correspondent for the Associated Press and is now a contributing editor for Men's Health. A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he has written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Outside and Men's Journal. He does his own running among the Amish farms around his home in rural Pennsylvania.
    Review quote
    Quite simply the best book you'll ever read about running - it's brilliant, and brilliantly life-affirming. -- Lloyd Bradley, author of The Rough Guide to Running 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. -- Tim Butcher, author of Blood River Reaches the state of bliss that runners very occasionally experience in the midst of an endless run. -- Simon Kuper FT Fascinating stuff, particularly for anyone who's ever been frustrated by the apparently shoddy mechanics of their own running body. -- Victoria Moore Daily Mail A sensation ... a rollicking tale well told -- Rick Broadbent The Times 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. -- Simon Redfern Independent on Sunday 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. Leeds Guide [A] major voice of a new movement. -- Bernard Goldberg HBO Good books about running are rare - Haruki Murakami's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is a meditative jog compared to this blistering endurance tester - but this ranks among the strongest. -- Julian Fleming Sunday Business Post 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. -- Natasha Young Wanderlust If you're a runner, you'll love it. It's about how far we can go spiritually and physically. -- Kate Hudson, Actress Elle Inspiring stuff -- Amy Lawrenson Elle I read Born to Run last year and it affected me profoundly. I thought, "F*** it. I'm gonna run a marathon." -- Flea (of Red Hot Chili Peppers) Runner's World Loved this book ... completely wonderful. It will inspire you whether you're already a runner or not. -- Lauren Laverne Twitter