“It’s a great book…A really gripping read…Unbelievable
story…A really phenomenal book.”
— Jon Stewart
“The scenario is a writer’s dream. McDougall
found a large cast of crazy characters, an exotic setting for drama and
discovery, and a tailor-made showdown with which to cap the book. By and large
it’s a thrilling read, even for someone who couldn’t care less about proper
stride and split times and energy gels. McDougall’s prose…is engaging and
buddy-buddy, as if he’s an enthusiastic friend tripping over himself to tell a
— Washington Post
“McDougall’s book reminded me of why I love to
— San Francisco Chronicle
“McDougall recounts his quest to understand near
superhuman ultra-runners with adrenaline pumped writing, humor, and a distinct
voice…He never lets go from his impassioned mantra that humans were born to
“Equal parts quest, physiology treatise, and
running history…[McDougall] seeks to learn the secrets of the Tarahumara the
old-fashioned way: He tracks them down…The climactic race reads like a sprint…It
simply makes you want to run.”
“A tale so mind-blowing as to be the stuff of
— Denver Post
“Equal parts hilarity, explanation, and
earnestness—whisks the reader along on a compelling dash to the end, and along
the way captures the sheer joy that a brisk run brings.”
— Science News
“McDougall wisely grounds the narrative in his
own struggle to engage in the concluding race—he was frustrated with his
tendency to get injured—and he offers insightful sidebars on a variety of
topics, from the development of the modern running shoe to an evolutionary argument
that humans are literally ‘born to run.’ A terrific ride.”
— Kirkus Reviews
Compelling. . . . Entertaining. . . . [McDougall] uses an extended portrait of one of the world's least known cultures, the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico's Copper Canyons, to put modern American running under an exacting magnifying glass.
— San Francisco Chronicle
Equal parts quest, physiology treatise, and running history. . . . [McDougall] seeks to learn the secrets of the Tarahumara the old-fashioned way: He tracks them down. . . . The climactic race reads like a sprint. . . . It simply makes you want to run.
— Outside Magazine
“Hugely entertaining. . . . One of the most joyful and engaging books about running to appear for many years.
— The Irish Times.“An enthralling story. . . . McDougall’s background as a magazine writer is readily apparent–his prose is light and airy, informative without being pretentious. Most passages are short and engaging with extra doses of drama and exclamatory phrases thrown in to great effect. McDougall wisely grounds the narrative in his own struggle to engage in the concluding race–he was frustrated with his tendency to get injured–and he offers insightful sidebars on a variety of topics, from the development of the modern running shoe to an evolutionary argument that humans are literally born to run. . . . A terrific ride, recommended for any athlete.
A wildly fascinating story, perfectly told. Born to Run is an instant classic.
— Daniel Coyle, author of The Talent Code
Born to Run is hilariously funny, weird, and nonstop fun to read. Runners can sink their teeth into it.
— Bill Rodgers, Four time winner of the Boston Marathon
Driven by an intense yet subtle curiosity, Christopher McDougall gamely treads across the continent to pierce the soul and science of long-distance running. McDougall's ambitious search leads him deep into the ragged folds of Mexico's Copper Canyon, where he somehow manages the impossible: He plumbs the mystic secrets of the fleet-footed Tarahumara Indians while never losing his deep enchantment for the majesty of their culture.
— Hampton Sides, author of Blood and Thunder and Ghost Soldiers
Christopher McDougall writes like a world-class ultramarathoner, with so much ease and heart and gusto that I couldn't stop reading this thrilling, fascinating book. As soon as I finished, all I wanted to do was head out for a run.
— Benjamin Wallace, author of The Billionaire’s Vinegar
I love Christopher McDougall's Born To Run! The book is wonderful. It's funny, insightful, captivating, and a great and beautiful discovery. There are lessons here that translate to realms beyond running. The book inspires anyone who those seeks to live more fully or to run faster.
— Lynne Cox, author of Swimming to Antarctica
Galloping along through a multi-faceted landscape that is by turns exhilarating, funny and weirdly absorbing, Born to Run is a breathless read, but sheer endorphinous pleasure.
— John Gimlette, author of Panther Soup
Quite simply the best book you’ll ever read about running. . . . Brilliant, and brilliantly life-affirming.
— Lloyd Bradley, author of The Rough Guide to Running
“Born to Run is a fascinating and inspiring true adventure story, based on humans pushing themselves to the limits. A brilliantly written account of extraordinary endurance, far from home–that also explains how anyone can run better–it’s destined to become a classic.
— Sir Ranulph Fiennes, author of Mad, Bad and Dangerous To Know