Chris McDougall - "Running with Sherman"

Event date: 
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
Oblong Rhinebeck
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Presented in partnership with Hudson Valley Donkey Park "Enriching Lives, One Bray at a Time."

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Chris McDougall joins us to share his heartwarming story about training a rescue donkey to run one of the most challenging races in America.

Before the event: 3-4pm Come early & meet the miniature rescue donkeys from Donkey Park, including a "Sherman" look-alike!

Chris McDougallRunning with Sherman by Chris McDougall

When Chris McDougall agreed to take in a donkey from an animal hoarder, he thought it would be no harder than the rest of the adjustments he and his family had made after moving from Philadelphia to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. But when he arrived, Sherman was in such bad shape he could barely move, and his hair was coming out in clumps. Chris decided to undertake a radical rehabilitation program designed not only to heal Sherman's body but to heal his mind as well. It turns out the best way to soothe a donkey is to give it a job, and so Chris decided to teach Sherman how to run. Easier said than done. In the course of Sherman's training, Chris would have to recruit several other runners, both human and equine, and call upon the wisdom of burro racers, goat farmers, Amish running club members, and a group of irrepressible female long-haul truckers. Along the way, he shows us the life-changing power of animals, nature, and community.

Trained as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press, Christopher McDougall covered wars in Rwanda and Angola before writing his international bestseller, "Born to Run." His fascination with the limits of human potential led him to his next book, "Natural Born Heroes." McDougall also created the Outside magazine web series, "Art of the Hero." Born to Run is currently being made into a feature film starring Matthew McConaughey.

A percentage of the proceeds from sales at this event will be donated to support Donkey Park of Ulster NY.

 

Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck is a fully wheelchair accessible space with on-site van accessible parking. Microphones and speakers will not be used at this event [but can be made available with advance notice. If you have specific questions about the space or how an event can be made more accessible to you, please do not hesitate to contact us: info@oblongbooks.com.

Natural Born Heroes: Mastering the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance Cover Image
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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen Cover Image
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