He is by no means an elite runner. He certainly has not invented any revolutionary running technique. And he most definitely did not engineer any brand new running shoes. Still, the name of Christopher McDougall is very well known among both recreational and professional running circles.
McDougall, of course, is the author of the 2009 best seller, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. The book sent waves in the running world for its description of the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico and their exploits as some of the world’s best long distance runners. Soon after publication, Born to Run inspired numerous folks to give barefoot running or minimalist shoes a try.
In honor of the Penn Museum’s current photo exhibition “Run! Super-Athletes of the Sierra Madre,” McDougall stopped by the museum on Wednesday night for a lecture and book signing in front of a sizable audience. The timing of his speech was especially notable due to the recent passing of Micah True, also known as “Caballo Blanco,” who was the central character of Born to Run.