Patch Book Club: 'Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen'

Discussed this week: A book about running barefoot, "Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen" and why it may be the natural and most efficient way to run, according to author Christopher McDougall.

We're big readers here at Patch, and in that light, we thought it would be a good idea to get a discussion going on what books we editors and our readers are reading lately. 

But the discussion only begins with us. If you've read this week's highlighted book, let us know what you thought of it, and suggest other books for future discussion.

This week, we take a look at the national bestseller, "Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen" by Christopher McDougall.

The book is not only a fantastic read; it's a solid piece of journalistic effort by the author, who lays out his account of tracking down an indigenous group of runners known as the Tarahumara of Mexico. McDougall meets various characters along his journey, which began with a foot injury during one of his regular runs. 

The book may be a great read for seasoned runners, but for those looking to take part in the sport, it provides hefty information on why humans were actually "born to run."

Have you read McDougall's book?

What did you think?

Let us know what other books you'd like to discuss for a chance to be involved in next week's Book Club discussion.

Kyle Grady August 15, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Barefoot Ted makes his debut in this book. Great read. I loved every page. McDougall really pushes barefoot running throughout the book and has some great evidential support. I found the section on early hunters and how they would literally run down their prey to be fascinating.
Matt Perkins August 15, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Kyle, agreed! That was probably one of my favorite parts of the book. Really intriguing stuff. Thanks for weighing in!
John Loughnane August 17, 2012 at 12:26 AM
A good read for runners and non-runners alike. Sadly, this past spring one of the main focal points of the book passed away. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/21/sports/caballo-blancos-last-run-the-micah-true-story.html?pagewanted=all I recently saw that another key focal point, Scott Jurek, has his own book out. Reportedly, a movie script is in the works for Born to Run focused on the author's own story in writing the book. Should be interesting but book will remain a good read given all the stories and details that no movie will ever capture
Michael Hardman August 17, 2012 at 06:05 PM
This is definitely on my reading list for the fall. In the history bookcase, I recommend Adams First Dynasty about the Adams Family by Richard Brookhiser. For sports, I really enjoyed Frank Deford's Over Time about his life as a sports writer. Deford weaves his life in sports and life in general in a very readable, insightful book.
begood August 17, 2012 at 10:48 PM
I just finished this book last week and loved every page of it. I started running last spring and wanted to read about other people's experiences with the sport. I got so much out of the book. The book is well written. I learned a lot about a group of people deep in the canyons in Mexico, and inspired to continue running.


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