Christopher McDougall — Author of Born to Run, Barefoot Runner, Men's Health Editor

Christopher McDougallChristopher McDougall is the author of the best-selling book Born to Run (review), a book published in 2009 that has spawned a revival in the running world.

Additionally, the book challenges the commonly held beliefs that:

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).

BirthdayShoes has taken an active interest in McDougall going so far as to interview Chris. In addition to the posts below on Mr. McDougall, please also find the wiki listing of Christopher McDougall articles here. You might also enjoy this Authors@Google presentation he gave in October 2008:

Christopher McDougall resides in Pennsylvania and blogs (when he has the time!) at chrismcdougall.com though he wasn't at the time of writing Born to Run, he is now prefers to run barefoot.

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In addition to running in his VFFs, Dave kicks back in his Vibram Five Fingers KSO Treks while at work in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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Interview with Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run

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)
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 »

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall (Review)

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall (Review)
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall (Review)
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 »