Christopher McDougall is an American author and journalist. He is best known for his 2009 book Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. He has also written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Men's Journal, and New York, and was a contributing editor for Men's Health.
In 2009's Born to Run, McDougall tracks down members of the reclusive Tarahumara Indian tribe in the Mexican Copper Canyons. After being repeatedly injured as a runner, McDougall marvels at the tribe's ability to run ultra distances (over 100 miles) at incredible speeds without getting the common injuries of most American runners.
The book has received attention in the sporting world for McDougall's description of how he overcame injuries by modeling his running after the Tarahumara. He asserts that modern cushioned running shoes are a significant cause of running injury, pointing to the thin sandals called huaraches worn by Tarahumara runners and the explosion of running-related injuries since the introduction of modern running shoes in 1972.
In Natural Born Heroes (2015), McDougall explores various aspects of heroes and physical fitness, covering the abduction of a Nazi general during World War II, parkour, and other challenging situations.