Tarahumara

Reexamining the Mythology of the Tarahumara Runners

You bear in mind the Tarahumara, appropriate? They are, as Christopher McDougall memorably explained them in Born to Operate back in 2009, the “near-mythical tribe of Stone Age superathletes” who stay in the canyons of northwestern Mexico and operate astounding distances in excess of vertiginous terrain with no even breaking a sweat.

Born to Operate also launched the broader earth to a Harvard anthropologist and evolutionary biologist named Daniel Lieberman, whose study on the evolutionary origins of operating led him to hypothesize that even modern day human beings would be much better off operating either barefoot or with minimally supportive … Read More