Christopher McDougall (born 1962) is an American author and journalist best known for his 2009 best-selling book Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. He has also written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Men's Journal, and New York, and was a contributing editor for Men's Health.
Born to Run
In 2009's Born to Run, McDougall tracks down members of the reclusive Tarahumara Indian tribe in the Mexican Copper Canyons. After being repeatedly injured as a runner himself, McDougall marvels at the tribe's ability to run ultra distances (over 100 miles) at incredible speeds, without getting the routine injuries of most American runners. The book has received attention in the sporting world for McDougall's description of how he overcame injuries by modeling his running after the Tarahumara. He asserts that modern cushioned running shoes are a major cause of running injury, pointing to the thin sandals called huaraches worn by Tarahumara runners, and the explosion of running-related injuries since the introduction of modern running shoes in 1972.
"Natural Born Heroes"
In 2015's Natural Born Heroes McDougall explores various aspects of heroes and physical fitness, covering the abduction of a Nazi general during World War II, parkour, and various other challenging situations.
- Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (2009)
- Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance (2015)
- Micah True, an ultrarunner who appears in Born To Run under his nickname "Caballo Blanco"
- Scott Jurek
- Jenn Shelton
- Erwan Le Corre, a natural movement instructor featured in Natural Born Heroes
- Persistence hunting
- McDougall, Christopher. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. Knopf. p. 304. ISBN 0-307-26630-3.
- Random House Author Profile
- Parker-Pope, Tara (October 26, 2009). "The Human Body is Built for Distance Well". The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 3, 2012.
- 'Natural Born Heroes' Is Self-Help The Special Operations Way April 16, 2015 NPR Retrieved May 5, 2015