Born to Run

Born to Run Summary

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.

Book Reviews


Good book5 star

Good reading book55


Great book. Great story. I’m going for a run.5 star

I liked everything about it. I couldn’t stop reading. Great story and written so well I felt like I was there.55


Inspirational5 star

My friend recommended me this book as I was training for my first marathon. Going on this journey with the author really opened my eyes to how vast the world of running is and what ultimately matters most in the sport. Definitely recommend this to running veterans and newcomers alike.55

J a s o n 2 1

Liked it, wish I would’ve loved it.3 star

I’m probably the only person who didn’t give this book 5 stars. I heard a lot of great things about it, but it just wasn’t for me.35


Informative, interesting, inspiring5 star

A great look at the history of ultrarunning, the personalities and physiologies that make it possible, and a pretty cool story about a one-of-a-kind race. McDougall has enough of a flair for writing to make it all enjoyable and breezy, while diving deep enough to make it an informative read. You’ll want to go back and read it again to stay motivated for your own runs.55


Running Should be Free5 star

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.55


My favorite book of all time.5 star

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!55


Fun Run5 star

Good source of information and very entertaining. The inspiration for free running.55

Magic. 24

Excellent blend of storytelling and information5 star

Really enjoyed this book. Although I am not a runner, it kept me engaged and may motivate me to take running more seriously. Thanks!55


Best book ever.5 star

Not just the best running book but inspirational and full of great stories. Loved it.55

Other Books by Christopher McDougall

Natural Born Heroes


Natural Born Heroes
4.5     120
Running with Sherman


Running with Sherman
4.5     109

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