Vibram FiveFingers and Paragon Sports are excited to present an Evening with Christopher McDougall, author of the New York Times Bestseller Born to Run.
Christopher McDougall speaks on minimalist running, his adventures in the Copper Canyon and field questions alongside other minimalist experts.
John Durant was born and raised in the great state of Michigan. He studied history, economics, and evolutionary psychology at Harvard, graduating in 2005. He spent a year and a half learning to play Excel like a piano at a consulting firm in New York City. In 2007, he jumped ship for a tech start-up doing online advertising. After NYT and Colbert, he landed a book deal.
Dr. Daniel Lieberman is a Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University and Chair of the Biological Anthropology Department, while also serving on the Curatorial Board of the Peabody Museum. Dr. Lieberman is recognized as a leading expert on morphology and is especially interested in when, how and why early hominins first became bipeds, and then became so exceptional as long distance endurance runners. He is a member of the Leakey Foundation Scientific Executive Committee.
Ted McDonald is an independent athlete committed to re-discovering primal natural human capacities and encouraging others to do the same.
Having spent the last 7 years focused on mastering barefoot long distance running, BFT now focuses on sharing his insights through coaching clinics and speaking engagements.
Many have come to know about him through the pages of Christopher McDougall's best-selling book Born to Run, a book BFT likes to call his quirky PhD. thesis that he didn't have to write.
Ted has been featured in numerous articles and frequently interviewed. He enjoys sharing his philosophy of running and life to audiences large and small.
As "Barefoot Ted", he has played a major role in defining and popularizing the new/old concept of barefoot running and minimalist footwear to a new generation, being an early adopter of the current trend.
Christopher McDougall an author and journalist best known for his 2009 best-selling 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.
Eric Orton is a running coach featured in the book Born to Run.
John Peter Sarsgaard is an American film and stage actor. He landed his first feature role in the movie Dead Man Walking in 1995. Sarsgaard later achieved critical recognition when he was cast in Boys Don't Cry (1999) as John Lotter. He landed his first leading role in the 2001 film The Center of the World.
For his portrayal of Charles Lane in Shattered Glass, Sarsgaard won the Online Film Critics Society Award in the category for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for the 2004 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. Sarsgaard has appeared in an eclectic range of films.
Sarsgaard has also appeared in Off-Broadway productions including Kingdom of Earth, Laura Dennis, and Burn This. In September 2008, he made his Broadway debut as Boris Alexeyevich Trigorin in The Seagull. Sarsgaard appeared in the off-Broadway production of Uncle Vanya in January 2009. Sarsgaard has been in a relationship with actress Maggie Gyllenhaal since 2002. In 2006, the two became engaged and Gyllenhaal gave birth to their daughter, Ramona, on October 3, 2006. On May 2, 2009 Sarsgaard and Gyllenhaal were married in Italy.
"Barefoot Ted" McDonald, featured in Chris McDougall's book Born to Run, celebrates the human foot and encourages people to reconnect with their physical body. "This primary vehicle, our own foot, got us to every nook and cranny of the planet," says McDonald. "We are embodying an incredible apparatus."
Long-distance footrace run on an open course of 26 miles 385 yards (42.2 km). First held at the revived Olympic Games in 1896, it commemorates the legendary feat of a Greek soldier who is said to have run from Marathon to Athens in 490 BC, a distance of about 25 mi (40 km), to report the Greek victory at the Battle of Marathon, after which he dropped dead. Marathons today are usually open events for both men and women, often run by thousands of participants, including the venerable Boston Marathon (established 1897). The women's marathon became an Olympic event in 1984.