The book also takes up the cause of the Tarahumara Indians, a tribe of indigenous people who live in the Copper Canyons of Mexico and run hundreds of miles a week without injury wearing nothing more on their feet than homemade shoes — huaraches — best described as a thin strip of rubber (often old tire material) laced to the foot with a strap of leather, not unlike the sandals worn by Romans of time long past.
As a result of Born to Run's literary success, McDougall has become the default spokesperson for the barefoot running and minimalist footwear movement (Though McDougall typically defers to the Godfather of the barefoot running movement, Ken Bob Saxton).
Bob Ewing is once again running the Marine Corps Marathon this year, but unlike his previous MCM last year which he ran in Five Fingers and raised money for St. Judes, this year's marathon is being run in honor of Bob's mother, who is fighting cancer, an… more »
In addition to running in his VFFs, Dave kicks back in his Vibram Five Fingers KSO Treks while at work in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Giving up on running after two decades of swollen knees and chronic injuries, one runner discovers the key to pain-free running is in how to run with a forefoot strike, as with Pose or Vibram Five Fingers. more »
Christopher McDougall, (barefoot) runner and author of the national bestselling book Born to Run, sits atop a pile of chopped wood, ax at the ready, barefoot at his home in Pennsylvania (Photo by Bill Cramer)
Exclusive interview with Born to Run author Christopher McDougall who talks about American culture, the barefoot running movement, and what's next for this best selling author! more »
If you didn't catch it, there was a short article by Christopher McDougall titled Is It Better To Be Barefoot that hit Parade magazine yesterday (link). McDougall continues to bring barefoot running to the masses by sounding the alert that heavily padde… more »
A review of Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. Born to run is simultaneously a story about an elite band of ultramarathon runners, a takedown of the sports shoe industry, and an expose of how human beings may have been literally born to run, being "designed" by eons of evolution for long-distance running. more »
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