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    Friday, March 20, 2009

    Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

    As far as I know, this is the first ever public review of the book.



    This is a masterpiece. A work on running that will define running for a new generation of runners.

    Christopher McDougall asks a simple question: Why does my foot hurt?

    His answer spans the centuries and brings us to the cutting edge of running revelations that are as old as our genes.

    Our generation of runners have seen it all. Many today thinking that to run is dangerous and that the foot is a death-trap injury appendage waiting to happen. Makes sense, for many runners running today have never known of any other way to run than with big, overly cushioned orthotic boots...cuz our feet are no good and need lots of help, right?

    Christopher tells a great tale using an obscure race and race director, a tribe of beautiful people and a rag tag group of ultra runners to weave a story that brings us to a place where rediscovery of our primal connection to running...free of marketing and big bucks and bad science...leads us to new possibilities and a change of thinking that is applicable to any human being wishing to locomote herself on two legs.

    This book is at-one-and-the-same-time an adventure tale of impossible possibilities and a cutting edge running research journal entry.

    Take a wild trip and read this book. You're gonna love it.

    BFT

    PS. The book I am reading is an uncorrected proof. Actual book to be published on May 7, 2009.

    PSS. Did I mention I am one of the most garrulous characters in the book? Buyer beware.

    PSSS. For the latest information about the race, i.e., the Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon, be sure to check out Caballo Blanco's website here: www.caballoblanco.com you can read this year's race report here.

    Link below takes you to Amazon.com to preorder ORDER:

    Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    Link below to audio book preorder ORDER:

    Born to Run AUDIOBOOK


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    Now available Born to Run T-shirts

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    Monday, April 16, 2007

    NativeSeeds.org & Club Mas Loco

    The mission of Native Seeds/SEARCH is to conserve, distribute, and document the adapted and diverse varieties of agricultural seeds, their wild relatives and the role these seeds play in cultures of the American Southwest and Northwest Mexico.

    Micah True's (Caballo Blanco' s) Club Mas Loco is working with Native Seeds to help support the Tarahumara' s way of life.

    A letter from Suzanne Nelson to Club Mas Loco Members:

    Hey Ted,

    A quick update......the 'official' name for this project (internal to NS/S at any rate) is now the Batopilas Canyon Seed Project. You can use this to earmark checks for growing seeds for the Tarahumara that will be distributed via Micah's efforts. Our bookkeeper will recognize anything with Mas Loco or other such title, but just wanted to let you know how to tell your friends to earmark their checks.

    Thanks again for your interest and help in getting the seeds back to Tarahumara communities.
    Suzanne
    Please visit the NativeSeeds.org website and donate what you can.

    BFT

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    Tuesday, March 20, 2007

    Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon - Week in Review



    The above slideshow complete with Phillip Glass music was put together using photos from taken by several members of the Grupo Animales otherwise known as Club Mas Loco.

    These photos cover the beginning to the end of the trip, including the hike over from Batopilas to Urique the pre-race ceremony, the race and post-race celebration.

    Results from (www.CaballoBlanco.com) : The Ultra Marathon had 38 starters and 20 finishers.

    1) Scott Jurek (33)--El Venado--Chumari'--Washington-- 6:32
    2) Arnulfo (27)--Chepatare--Batopilas canyon 6:50
    3) Billy Barnett (22)--El Rana Lobo--Wolf Frog--Virginia 6:59
    4) Jenn Shelton (23)--La Brujita--Little Witch--Virginia 7:00
    5) Manuel Luna (42)--Gavilana--Batopilas canyon 7:47
    6) Arnulfocito (18)--Santa Rita--Batopilas canyon 8:00
    7) Nacho Palma (42)--Quirare--Batopilas canyon 8:03
    8) Martin Gallito (21)--Chepatare--Batopilas canyon 8:10
    9) Leonardo Cleto (22)--Piedras Verdes, Urique canyon 8:12
    10) Jose Hilario (22)--Piedras Verdes, Urique canyon 8:13
    11) Sebastiano (37)--San Jose, Batopilas canyon 8:16
    12) Mike Adams (38)--El Perro Grande-Big Dog-Washington 8:48
    13) Micah True (54)--El Caballo Blanco--White Horse--???? 8:58
    14) Barefoot Ted McDonald (42)--El Mono--Monkey--California 9:44
    15) Charlie Crissman (38)--El Buho--The Owl--Washington 9:54
    16) Chriss Labbe (37)--El Cabro--The goat--Colorado 10:02
    17) Jamil Courey (22)--El Carnero--The Ram--Arizona 10:16
    18) Deborah Bezanis (49)--La Cebolla--The Onion-Chicago 11:33
    19) Samuel Warren (38)--El Girafa--The Giraffe--Washington 11:33

    20) 36 miler: Leah Jurek (30)--La Venada--Dear--Washington 8:20

    BFT

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