Born to Run

Born to Run

Christopher McDougall
Sports Adventure
Random House, 2010
Hardcover, 287 pages
$24.95

Some, not many, have taken the classic rail trip between Chihuahua and Los Mochis, Mexico with its 8200 foot change in altitude, 86 tunnels, 39 bridges and some of the most dramatic landscape in North America. Fewer still have left the train at Creel and descended to Batopilas at the bottom of the Barancas del Cobre (Copper Canyons). Almost no one has ventured further.  This is the home of the elusive Tarahumara Indians and its grandeur and challenge are every bit the equal of the Grand Canyon.  It is with the Tarahumara - the world’s greatest distance runners - that McDougall’s story unfolds. From his opening question – Why does my foot hurt? – to the culmination of a fifty-mile race between Tarahumara runners and an eclectic group of Americans, this is a fascinating and awe inspiring book.