Wed, 30 November 2022

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT


Chris McDougall and Eric Orton – Born to Run

In Conversation With Hannah MacInnes

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The torchbearer of the barefoot running movement, sparked by his global bestseller Born to Run, Chris McDougall and coach Eric Orton are here to help us embrace the ultrarunning lifestyle.

The secret to health and happiness is right at your feet.

When Christopher McDougall set off to find an answer the mystery of why his foot hurt, he began an epic adventure that him from the high-tech science labs of Harvard to the deadly terrain of Mexico’s Copper Canyons. He soon discovered the little-known world of barefoot ultrarunning – and his excitement helped spark a global movement.

Now Christopher and his coach Eric Orton join How To Academy with a hands-on, practical guide to exploring the world on your own two feet.

You’ll discover how to master humankind’s first true superpower and tap into hidden reserves of strength and stamina from the man who brought barefoot running to the masses.

You’ll learn how to change your biomechanics, clean up your diet, heal your injuries, adapt to healthier footwear, and prepare for your dream challenge.

It’s the ideal guide for anyone looking to adopt this incredible lifestyle.

Praise for Chris McDougall’s Born to Run:

Part how-to manual, part scientific treatise, but throughout a ripping yarn, this book will inspire everyone who reads it to think on their feet’ – Independent

‘A fascinating and inspiring true adventure story, destined to become a classic’ – Ranulph Fiennes

‘Not just a classic book for runners, but for anyone who has ever dreamed of venturing beyond their comfort zone’ – Tim Butcher

‘A really phenomenal book’ – Jon Stewart

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Chris McDougall

Bestselling Ultrarunner

Christopher McDougall is a former war correspondent for the Associated Press and author of the international bestseller Born to Run, which is currently being adapted into a film, Natural Born Heroes and Running with Sherman. He lives in rural Pennsylvania and Hawaii.

Eric Orton


Eric Orton is a performance guru, world-renowned running coach and author of The Cool Impossible.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, Podcaster and Host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.