Contribution to the Barefoot Running Movement
Having McDougall on the Daily Show was a breakthrough for the barefoot running community. McDougall's book "Born to Run" tells about his findings of the Tarahumara tribe that run hundreds of miles a week BAREFOOT! The Tarahumaras are people of the remote mountainous terrain of Mexico. They are known to run day long, hundred mile runs through the mountains for FUN! Upon meeting with a few of these unbelievable runners, McDougall discovers that as human beings we are "born to run." He claims that he found the answer to the question that every athlete asks: injuries? The human body is more incredible than he ever expected. He found that our body's are built for running and that all we need to do is not put limits on it. We need to be more natural with everything we do from the food we eat, to the shoes we put on our feet.