Chris McDougall grew up near Aronimink School. He played hoops at St. Dot’s and rode his bike out to a quarry near Springfield Mall to do some fishing, writes Maria Panaritis for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
There was a lot of action, a lot of running as a kid in 60s and 70s suburbia.
He may have picked up running from his dad, Delaware County defense lawyer John McDougall, who ran each morning when Chris was 6 or 7.
The New York Times best-selling author of “Born to Run” left our technology-driven world behind in 2002 and now lives with his family among the Amish.
His new book, Running With Sherman, borrows a bit of the Amish life philosophy.
“The five words that define Amish life,” Chris writes in Running With Sherman: “Slow Down. Savor your world.”
In this book, McDougall, a guy with equal parts intellect and Delaware County attitude, tries to persuade an on-death’s-doorstep donkey to partner with him for a ridiculously challenging pack burro race in Colorado. He is forced to realize that to win over the donkey he must slow down — and meet the inscrutable creature on its own terms.
Read more about Chris McDougall here.