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"Born to Run" Challenges Readers and Athletes

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"Born to Run" is the Ouachita Parish Public Library's selection for the River Reads summer reading program.

Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by journalist Christopher McDougall is the 2016 River Reads selection by the Ouachita Parish Public Library.

Born To Run tells the story of McDougall's quest to find the source of his foot pain. The trail eventually leads him to Mexico's rugged and remote Copper Canyons, where the legendary running tribe called the Tarahumara call home.

The Tarahumara Indians have over centuries perfected methods which allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest, and avoid injuries and fatigue. Chasing down deer have left this remote tribe immune to many of the health and social problems that plague the modern world.

McDougall uses high-tech science and the nation's top distance runners to uncover how this forgotten tribe is able to push the human body to new limits, and ultimately puts modern and ancient techniques to the ultimate test in a 50 mile race across some of the toughest terrain in North America.

The book is also slated to be made into a feature film.

This is the 13th year of the River Reads program, which encourages all members of the community to read and discuss the same book. The Library has scheduled a full summer of activities for all ages associated with the book.

90.3 KEDM Public Radio is proud to partner with the Ouachita Parish Public Library to provide selections from the audio book. Learn more about the program and sign up to take the Summer Reading Challenge.

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