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New Running Book "Born To Run" Is Out Today and Book Signings Are Tuesday in New York and Thursday in Boston
by Letsrun.com
May 5, 2009

A LetsRun.com visitor by the name of Chris McDougal has written a book entitled, "Born to Run" which is out in the US as of today. In an email to us he described the book to us as follows,

"it's the true story of a magical race pitting a wild band of American ultrarunners against the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico's lost Copper Canyons. i also explore anthropology, biomechanics, and the  elegant meshing of physiology and philosophy that allowed emil zatopek to become an Olympic legend by jogging on wet underwear. so far, the critical reaction has been amazing; a British reviewer called it 'simply the best book on running you'll ever read' (the UK version comes out in April, so we've already started getting some reviews from over there)."

He sent us a reviewer's galley but we haven't had time to read it but the book is getting great reviews as Chris stated to us in the email. Check out what 4-time Boston winner, Bill Rodgers, said about it, "Born to Run is hilariously funny, weird, and nonstop fun to read. Runners can sink their teeth into it."

Some other reviews according to Amazon.com.

“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.”–Kirkus, starred review

"A wildly fascinating story, perfectly told. Born to Run is an instant classic." –Daniel Coyle, author of The Talent Code

The book is out in the US as of May 5th and the nationwide book tour has begun on the East Coast. The dates are as follows:

Tues, May 5: Manhattan, New York Running Company, 7:30

Thurs, May 7: Boston, Greater Boston Running Co, Lexington, MA, 6 pm.



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