It was six years ago that Chris McDougall sparked a revolution in running with Born to Run, the book that made seemingly everyone want to run an ultramarathon, do it barefoot, and eat pinole and chia seeds all the while. (Or was that just me?)
These behaviors, of course, are those of the Tarahumara, an indigenous Mexican tribe of incredible endurance runners whose way of life has been largely preserved by the geography of the Copper Canyon region.
That way of life, including the extreme lack of modern diseases that plague most developed cultures, is the subject of the new film GOSHEN: Places of Refuge for the Running People. And for the rest of the week, I’m thrilled to be able to offer it for streaming in its entirety here at No Meat Athlete. (April 11th is when the free streaming ends, so watch it before then!)
[Update: Since the free-streaming period has ended, I’ve replaced the embedded video with the trailer for GOSHEN.]
One message that Born to Run didn’t quite hammer home is that the Tarahumara eat a diet that is largely plant-based, with only small amounts of meat punctuating traditional meals of las tres hermanas, beans, corn, and squash.
And as we all know, it’s not just the Tarahumara who exemplify that when it comes to fitness, this diet works: as Chris McDougall says in GOSHEN, “When you start to look at super-performing endurance athletes throughout history, more often than not they’re vegetarians.”
It’s my immense pleasure to have been a part of this wonderful film, talking about my own experience of becoming a stronger runner when I became vegetarian (and eventually vegan). While my big-screen debut is only a few seconds long (beginning in minute 22), Born to Run author Chris McDougall, Tarahumara athlete Arnulfo Quimare, ultrarunner Will Harlan, and many other nutrition, health, and fitness experts are featured prominently throughout the film.
I find the Tarahumara culture and diet fascinating, and I think you will too. Enjoy the film, and visit the GOSHEN website to find out more.
And of course, feel free to share this opportunity to stream the entire film through April 11th!