Our staff readers have prepared this list of discussion questions for those reading Born to Run. Next week, we will be introducing staff reading the book and they will begin posting their own thoughts on these questions…and we hope you will join the conversation!
Discussion Questions for Born to Run
1. Why do you think the group from the US decided to take part in the endurance race in Mexico’s Copper Canyon even though it was a risky endeavor?
2. Born to Run explores the life and running habits of the Tarahumara Indians, which the author describes as the greatest distance runners in the world. What lessons did you learn from the book?
3. What do you think of the premise that humans are literally ‘born to run?’ Did the author do a good job in proving this premise in the book?
4. Which character of the book did you like best and why?
5. What is the most challenging endurance race you have participated in to date? Did you experience any of the same thrills described in the book?
6. After reading Born to Run, what is your impression of long-distance runners? Do you believe they have ‘superpowers’ as the author states?
7. After reading the book, what is your stance regarding running in expensive, high quality shoes versus running barefoot?
8. What philosophy or ways of thinking mentioned in the book will you take away and carry with you?
9. Do you think that running becomes more popular during hard economic times because people are literally “running away from their problems” like Born to Run author Christopher McDougall says?
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