Christopher McDougall

is joined by a panel of experts in a

"Naked Cabaret"

as they discuss the science behind

Born to Run:
A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen


April 16, 2011
2:00 PM ET


Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02116


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store and the Boston Public Library are excited to welcome journalist and runner CHRISTOPHER McDOUGALL, just in time for the 115th Boston Marathon, to discuss his bestseller Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, just out in paperback.

Christopher McDougall will be joined by a panel of groundbreaking scientists, coaches, and outright characters who shaped Born to Run. Panelists include Dr. Daniel Lieberman, Harvard's "barefoot professor;" running technique specialist Lee Saxby; biomechanics expert R. Irene Davis; screenwriter Marshall Lewy, who is working with Peter Sarsgaard to adapt Born to Run for the screen; and hunter-gatherer lifestyle convert John Durant.

Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. Award-winning journalist and often-injured runner McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America’s best ultra-runners against the tribe.

"Born to Run [is] an operatic ode to the joys of running.... It's a fascinating subject, and the pages of Born to Run are packed with examples of McDougall's fascination. Running is his religion (he's a contributing editor at Men's Health magazine and has written for Runner's World), and he approaches the sport with the reverence and awe of a disciple encountering the face of his god. In this case, the god is the Tarahumara.... Born to Run is an examination of sport, an allegory of cross-cultural understanding and a catalogue of philosophies of living." —The Washington Post

Christopher McDougall
Christopher McDougall

Christopher McDougall

Christopher McDougall covered wars in Rwanda and Angola as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press before writing his bestselling book Born to Run. His fascination with the limits of human potential led him to create the Outside magazine web series, "Art of the Hero." He currently lives with his wife, two daughters, and a farmyard menagerie in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Photo credit: Matt Roth

Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02116
General Info
(617) 661-1515

Media Inquiries

Accessibility Inquiries

Classic Totes

Tote bags and pouches
in a variety of styles,
sizes, and designs
, plus mugs, bookmarks, and more!

Learn More »

Shipping & Pickup

We ship anywhere in the U.S. and orders of $75+ ship free via media mail!

Learn More »

Noteworthy Signed Books: Join the Club!

Join our Signed First Edition Club (or give a gift subscription) for a signed book of great literary merit, delivered to you monthly.

Learn More »