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Christopher McDougall

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Christopher McDougall
Born1962 (age 61–62)
OccupationNon-fiction author

Christopher McDougall (born 1962) is an American author and journalist. He is best known for his 2009 book Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen.[1] 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.[2]



McDougall resides in Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania, a town located within Fulton Township.[3][4][5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

Natural Born Heroes


In the Natural Born Heroes (2015), 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.[8]


  • Girl Trouble: The True Saga of Superstar Gloria Trevi and the Secret Teenage Sex Cult That Stunned the World (2004)
  • 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)
  • Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero (2019). ISBN 9781524732363.

See also



  1. ^ McDougall, Christopher. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. Knopf. pp. 304. ISBN 0-307-26630-3.
  2. ^ Random House Author Profile
  3. ^ Stauffer, Cindy (2015-05-23). "Barefoot running guru launches new book at Lancaster fundraiser with parkour, knife throwing". LNP. Retrieved 2016-10-22.
  4. ^ Rutter, Jon (2015-04-08). "Natural Born Heroes' finds barefoot runner authoring World War II adventure". LNP. Retrieved 2016-10-22.
  5. ^ Leighton, Kelly (2015-04-06). "Running guru Chris McDougall to kick off book tour in Lancaster". The Patriot-News. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  6. ^ Parker-Pope, Tara (October 26, 2009). "The Human Body is Built for Distance Well". The New York Times. Archived from the original on November 5, 2015.
  7. ^ McDougall, Christopher (2009). Born to Run. Alfred A. Knopf.
  8. ^ "'Natural Born Heroes' Is Self-Help the Special Operations Way", April 16, 2015, NPR. Retrieved May 5, 2015.