Natural Born Heroes:
How A Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance
and is joined by special guests for an exploration of the lost arts of the hero
$5 tickets on sale now
This event includes a book signing
April 18, 2015
(Doors at 1:15)
Old South Church
645 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
$5.00 - On Sale Now
Harvard Book Store welcomes CHRISTOPHER MCDOUGALL, acclaimed author of Born to Run, for a one-of-a-kind stage show that explores the lost arts of the hero. Learn about knife-throwing, freerunning, foraging for free super-food, and tapping into body fat as performance fuel. McDougall will be joined by guest speakers including Wild Fitness creator Tara Wood and Parkour experts Dan Edwardes and Dr. Julie Angel.
Join us for either of two events on Saturday, April 18—2pm at the Old South Church in Boston, steps from the Boston Marathon finish line, or at 7pm in Cambridge, at Harvard Book Store.
More details about these events can be found on the author’s website: chrismcdougall.com.
Join Chris for a Run!
Fun runs, organized by the author, will precede the 2pm event. The run is free, though runners must still hold a ticket to gain admission to the 2pm event. For those attending the event at the Old South Church, meet at 12:00pm at the church steps. Please note that there will be no fun run for the 7pm event at the Harvard Book Store.
On Natural Born Heroes
Christopher McDougall taught us how to run. Now, he teaches us how to move in a new book, Natural Born Heroes: How A Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance.
In Natural Born Heroes the author of Born to Run now travels to the Mediterranean, where he discovers that the secrets of ancient Greek heroes are still alive and well on the island of Crete, and ready to be unleashed in the muscles and minds of casual athletes and aspiring heroes everywhere.
After running an ultramarathon through the Copper Canyons of Mexico, Christopher McDougall finds his next great adventure on the razor-sharp mountains of Crete, where a band of Resistance fighters in World War II plotted the daring abduction of a German general from the heart of the Nazi occupation. How did a penniless artist, a young shepherd, and a playboy poet believe they could carry out such a remarkable feat of strength and endurance, smuggling the general past thousands of Nazi pursuers, with little more than their own wits and courage to guide them?
McDougall makes his way to the island to find the answer and retrace their steps, experiencing firsthand the extreme physical challenges the Resistance fighters and their local allies faced. On Crete, the birthplace of the classical Greek heroism that spawned the likes of Herakles and Odysseus, McDougall discovers the tools of the hero—natural movement, extraordinary endurance, and efficient nutrition. All of these skills, McDougall learns, are still practiced in far-flung pockets throughout the world today.
More than a mystery of remarkable people and cunning schemes, Natural Born Heroes is a fascinating investigation into the lost art of the hero, taking us from the streets of London at midnight to the beaches of Brazil at dawn, from the mountains of Colorado to McDougall’s own backyard in Pennsylvania, all places where modern-day athletes are honing ancient skills so they’re ready for anything.
Just as Born to Run inspired readers to get off the treadmill, out of their shoes, and into the natural world, Natural Born Heroes will inspire them to leave the gym and take their fitness routine to nature—to climb, swim, skip, throw, and jump their way to their own heroic feats.
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Old South Church is located at 645 Boylston Street, on the corner of Dartmouth and Boylston Streets, at the Copley T stop.
Old South is located at the Copley stop on the Green Line of the T. We are also a short walk from the Back Bay station on the Orange Line (from the station, walk two blocks north on Dartmouth Street). Bus routes 9, 10, 39, and 55 also stop in Copley Square. Use the MBTA’s Trip Planner for specific schedule routes and times.
From the North via I-93: Take I-93 south to Exit #26 for Storrow Drive/North Station. At the bottom of the ramp, keep left for Storrow Drive. From Storrow, take the exit for Copley Square/Back Bay. Turn right onto Beacon Street. After 4 blocks, turn left on Exeter Street. After 4 blocks, turn left on Boylston Street. Old South is at the end of the block, on the left.
From the South via I-93: Take I-93 north to Exit #18 for Mass. Ave./Roxbury. Turn left onto the Mass. Ave. Connector, then turn right (north) onto Mass. Ave. Continue on Mass. Ave. for a little over a mile, then turn right onto Boylston Street. Old South is 5 blocks down, on the left, at Boylston and Dartmouth Streets.
From the West via the Mass. Turnpike (I-90): Take the Mass. Pike east to Exit #22 for Prudential/Copley. Bear right in the exit ramp, following signs for Copley Square. Take the first left onto Dartmouth Street, and continue two blocks to Boylston Street. Old South is on the left.
From the West via Storrow Drive: Take Storrow east to the Fenway exit, following signs for Boylston Street Inbound. Once you cross Mass. Ave., Old South is 5 blocks down, on the left, at Boylston and Dartmouth Streets.
From the East via Storrow Drive: Take Storrow west to the exit for Copley Square/Back Bay. Turn right onto Beacon Street. After 4 blocks, turn left on Exeter Street. After 4 blocks, turn left on Boylston Street. Old South is at the end of the block, on the left.
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