Born to Run: Christopher McDougall's Cabaret

The NYC Marathon is Sunday, November 7. If you’re going to be in the area, check out Born to Run author Christopher McDougall’s prelude event on Friday, November 5--Reinventing Running: The Cabaret. The actor--and trail runner--Peter Sarsgaard will co-host. It’ll be TED-conference style, with each speaker up for 15 min., followed by a full-stage Q&A with the audience.

Don’t be afraid of the talking heads. They’ve got something interesting to say, all about humanity’s first fine art, as McDougall calls it: distance running. You’ll hear from Dr. Daniel Lieberman, Harvard’s "Barefoot Professor"; Eric Orton, a coach who's trained McDougall; Barefoot Ted McDonald, a.k.a. BFT, a star of Born to Run, and John Durant, a proponent of paleo athleticism and nutrition.

Doors open at 6 p.m. at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, on Central Park West. Tickets go for $10 a pop, and you can get them at the Paragon Sports near Union Square or online at

McDougall was busy this weekend with a benefit for the National Kidney Foundation, but he took time out to chat with us about The Cabaret.

--Aileen Torres

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