Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Born To Run Book Talk

Runner and author of the new book, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, Christopher McDougall will be hosting a trail run and book discussion at Dreamy Draw Park on Saturday morning, May 9th at 7am. There will be an hour trail run followed by Christopher sharing some of his book over breakfast snacks at the ramadas. This book will be released on May 5th and Christopher will be including Phoenix as one of the first stops on his book tour.

Everyone is invited to attend, so spread the word. May 9th, 7am @ Dreamy Draw!

Here is a synopsis of the book from Amazon.com:

Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.

Isolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence. With the help of Caballo Blanco, a mysterious loner who lives among the tribe, the author was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but also to find his own inner ultra-athlete, as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans, including a star ultramarathoner, a beautiful young surfer, and a barefoot wonder.

With a sharp wit and wild exuberance, McDougall takes us from the high-tech science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultrarunners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to the climactic race in the Copper Canyons. Born to Run is that rare book that will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that the secret to happiness is right at your feet, and that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.

More info: http://www.amazon.com/Born-Run-Hidden-Athletes-Greatest/dp/0307266303/

Christopher will also be speaking that evening at a bookstore in Tempe:
Saturday, May 9:
5:00 p.m. -- Changing Hands, 6428 S. McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85283.


Higg said...

Thanks for setting it up Jamil. Will he have any books for sale to sign? Looks like "Born to Run" is a very good read. If Outside magazine, Bill Rodgers and the Irish Times give it thumbs up you can’t go wrong. I will be there. Thanks. Higg

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

I will definitely be there. That sounds like a perfect day for a run and the purchase of a running book since it is my birthday. See you all out there.

Jon Roig said...

Hey... you know, I -- and probably others -- actually met that guy at the Mazatzals trail run back in '06, when he was following Jenn Shelton around the country.

I was wondering when his book was coming out... good to see it finally hitting the shelves.