Or, it’s full title:
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
The hidden tribe = the Tarahumara, a very reclusive group who live in the Copper Canyons of Mexico, a place that is almost impossible to get to without a guide, fending off drug runners, and dying of thirst.
Superathletes = those crazy people who like to run races like the Leadville 100. Yes, that 100 refers to miles.
The greatest race = a 50 mile footrace between the Tarahumara and a handful of the aforementioned crazies.
Never seen = because it was organized by a reclusive gringo Indio known as Caballo Blanco (White Horse) and held in Copper Canyon.
This book was fun to read. Mostly because McDougall is a funny guy, although I do wonder if he might have exaggerated parts. Caballo Blanco comes across as borderline crazy, and Jenn Shelton (one of the ultramarathoners) appears to be giving him a run for his money in the sanity department. However, their antics do make for a entertaining read and I’m pretty sure no one was sued in the making of the book. 😀
There’s also quite a bit of info about how and why some people can run ridiculous distances, while some of us just huff and puff our way through a few miles, and others can’t seem to run without getting hurt (according to McDougall, we can blame it all on Nike).
Perhaps the greatest thing I can say about this book is that it was lent to me by my big brother, the non-reader, who read it and liked it…so now I can talk books with my brother!