Christopher McDougall

Author of Born to Run, journalist, and innovator of the barefoot-running movement

“Are We Born to Run?” –TEDxPennQuarter
  • About Christopher McDougall

    Christopher McDougall is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen.

    McDougall’s epic journey began with a persistent foot ailment that prevented him from running long distances. In his search for a remedy, he ended up in Mexico’s Copper Canyons, where he lived with the reclusive Tarahumara Indians, the world’s greatest distance runners. Able to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury, these barefoot runners seemed to know secrets that eluded McDougall in his own training. Although he had been told by doctors that he would never run again, McDougall was ultimately able to overcome his injury, find his own inner ultra-athlete, and join the tribe for the challenge of a lifetime, a 50-mile race through the canyons.

    With the publication of Born to Run, McDougall has been credited with sparking the biggest innovation in modern sportswear: the barefoot-running movement. He is an engaging and inspirational speaker who lectures on how he overcame the mental and physical challenges of being an athlete, all while partaking in the adventure of a lifetime. His message resonates with anyone facing a challenge, and, consequently, he speaks to diverse groups, from university students to fitness enthusiasts and corporate executives. McDougall spoke at the 2010 TEDxPennQuarter Conference on his book, the human desire to run and how the activity helped early humans survive.

    McDougall earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. A former war correspondent for the Associated Press, McDougall is now a contributing editor for Men’s Health and is a three-time National Magazine Award finalist. He does his own running in rural Pennsylvania, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

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    Natural Talent: Restored and Reinvented

    Born to Run

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    Christopher McDougall was fantastic—energetic, hilarious, and did an incredible job of connecting personally with people who attended the event. He also did a wonderful job of weaving together writing and running and storytelling. It was obvious that he’d thought a lot about how to handle the talk, since it was a hybrid event: literary festival + event for runners + general audience who just loved the book. He handled it beautifully.

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