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The Best American Sports Writing 2014

by Glenn Stout Christopher Mcdougall

"Excellent . . . A no-brainer pickup for the sports collection." -- Booklist "An affirmation of the strong state of American sportswriting." -- Kirkus Reviews From more than 350 national, regional, and specialty publications and, increasingly, the top sports blogs, Christopher McDougall, best-selling author of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, hand-selected the very best sports journalism of the past year.

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

by Christopher Mcdougall

Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world's greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong. Isolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence. With the help of Caballo Blanco, a mysterious loner who lives among the tribe, the author was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but also to find his own inner ultra-athlete, as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans, including a star ultramarathoner, a beautiful young surfer, and a barefoot wonder. With a sharp wit and wild exuberance, McDougall takes us from the high-tech science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultrarunners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to the climactic race in the Copper Canyons. Born to Run is that rare book that will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that the secret to happiness is right at your feet, and that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.

Nacidos para correr

by Christopher Mcdougall

En busca de una respuesta, Christopher MacDougall se encuentra con la tribu de los mejores corredores de larga distancia del mundo. Aislados por el terreno más abrupto de América del Norte, los misteriosos tarahumaras de las barrancas del cobre en México son los guardianes de un arte perdido. Durante siglos han seguido técnicas que les permiten correr cientosde kilómetros sin descanso y perseguir desde un ciervo hasta un maratoniano olímpico y disfrutar de ello. Con ingenio y sabiduría, MacDougall va de los laboratorios más avanzados de Harvard a los valles soleados y los picos nevados donde cada vez más corredores empujan hasta el límite sus cuerpos. El secreto de la felicidad está a tus pies.

Nacidos para Correr

by Christopher Mcdougall

Una aventura épica que comenzó con una simple pregunta: ¿Por qué me duele el pie?Aislados por las peligrosas Barrancas de Cobre en México, los apacibles indios Tarahumara han perfeccionado durante siglos la capacidad de correr cientos de millas sin descanso ni lesiones. En este fascinante relato, el prestigioso periodista --y corredor habitualmente lesionado-- Christopher McDougall sale a descubrir sus secretos. En el proceso, nos lleva de los laboratorios de Harvard a los tórridos valles y las gélidas montañas de Norte América, donde los cada vez más numerosos ultra corredores están empujando sus cuerpos al límite, y finalmente a una vibrante carrera en las Barrancas de Cobre entre los mejores ultra corredores americanos y los sencillos Tarahumara. Esta increíble historia no solo despertará tu mente; además inspirará tu cuerpo cuando te des cuenta de que, de hecho, todos hemos nacido para correr.

Nacidos para Correr: Superatletas, Una Tribu Oculta Y la Carrera Más Grande Que el Mundo Nunca Ha Visto

by Christopher Mcdougall Diego Salazar

Una aventura épica que comenzó con una simple pregunta: ¿Por qué me duele el pie?Aislados por las peligrosas Barrancas de Cobre en México, los apacibles indios Tarahumara han perfeccionado durante siglos la capacidad de correr cientos de millas sin descanso ni lesiones. En este fascinante relato, el prestigioso periodista --y corredor habitualmente lesionado-- Christopher McDougall sale a descubrir sus secretos. En el proceso, nos lleva de los laboratorios de Harvard a los tórridos valles y las gélidas montañas de Norte América, donde los cada vez más numerosos ultra corredores están empujando sus cuerpos al límite, y finalmente a una vibrante carrera en las Barrancas de Cobre entre los mejores ultra corredores americanos y los sencillos Tarahumara. Esta increíble historia no solo despertará tu mente; además inspirará tu cuerpo cuando te des cuenta de que, de hecho, todos hemos nacido para correr.

Natural Born Heroes

by Christopher Mcdougall

The best-selling 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.From the Hardcover edition.

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