March 14, 2013 | Vol. 116 -- No. 47

'Born to Run' author Christopher McDougall to visit Spokane

Eastern Washington University’s Get Lit! programs announces an evening of events with Christopher McDougall, including a Bloomsday training run, reception and reading on Wednesday, April 10. All of these events are free and open to the public.

With more than four months on the New York Times Best Seller List, “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” (2009) centers on the Tarahumara Indians, a reclusive tribe in the Copper Canyons of northern Mexico. The Tarahumara run ultra-distances (often 100 miles or more) without the injuries and physical deterioration that often plague distance runners. The book takes on a controversial idea in the world of sports: our modern-day running equipment, those expensive and finely engineered running shoes, are actually preventing us from running at our fullest potential. Human beings were born and built to run, and run extraordinarily long distances.

As part of the 15th annual Get Lit! Festival, McDougall will lead the Bloomsday training run beginning at 6 p.m. The run will follow a four-mile loop from Spokane Community College, heading west on Riverton, across the Mission Street bridge, and returning on the Centennial Trail along Upriver Drive. All ages and paces are welcome and encouraged to join.

Following the run, SCC will host a reception outside of the Lair Auditorium and at 7:30 p.m., McDougall will give a reading, answer questions and sign books. These events are presented in partnership with the Lilac Bloomsday Association, the Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities and the SCC Presidential Speakers Series.

The full festival will feature more than 40 events, including author presentations and readings, writing workshops, panel discussions, poetry slams and more. Most of the events are free to the public.

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