Born to Run

This is the fascinating, at times rollicking, story of the legendary distance runners in the Copper Canyon of Mexico, the Tarahumara Indians, known to run hundreds of miles. The story culminates in a special 50-mile race between a handful of elite American ultramarathoners and a group of elite Tarahumara runners.  On the way, the author ranges over a variety of topics: ultramarathoning, the Leadville 100-mile race, running injuries, the famed U.S. distance coach Joe Vigil, eating nutritionally, Bushmen runners in the Congo who will run down an antelope, the Olympian Czech runner Emil Zatopek, and the eccentric American who lives in the Copper Canyon and pulls the race together, El Caballo Blanco.

It all makes for a fascinating and informative journey.