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how we were supposed to run. Orton’s theory was confirmed when he accompanied McDougall to Mexico to compete in the Copper Canyon race. There he met the native Tarahumara Indians, a tribe famous for their ability to run vast distances wearing thin rubber sandals made from car tyres. With no artificial cushioning, the Tarahumara naturally run on the fronts of their feet, using their arches, ankles and calves as shock absorbers.
Before the publication of Born to Run, it was difficult to find a lightweight, low-profile running shoe.
Now, almost every major shoe manufacturer has one.
To prove the point, Orton gets me to run the same stretch of grass in my running shoes. The difference is astonishing – I’ve lost the feeling of connection between my toes and the ground and the elevated heel makes it much harder to land on my forefoot.
We finish the session with a trail run that zigzags up Rendezvous Mountain behind Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The 11km trail starts at an elevation of 1923m and ascends more than 1200m on its way to the summit. Last week, Orton ran the whole thing in 1:35, trimming five minutes of his previous best time. Not bad for a 49-year-old.
Next year, Orton, McDougall and the Tarahumara will again be thrown into the spotlight when filming starts on the movie version of Born to Run. Matthew McConaughey will play one of the leads with Orton involved as a coach.
The writer was a guest of Brand USA and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Qantas flies to Jackson Hole via Los Angeles and Dallas/Fort Worth. Phone 13 13 13 or see qantas.com.au Teton Mountain Lodge is ideally located at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and features spacious rooms, a sumptuous spa and an award-winning restaurant. See tetonlodge.com Eric Orton is running three-day camps in July, August and September that are priced from $US699 ($A941). To learn more about Orton’s running technique and training program, check out his book The Cool Impossible. See runningwitheric.com jacksonhole.com discoveramerica.com
TOP OF HIS GAME: Eric Orton running near the summit of Wyoming’s Rendezvous Mountain. Picture: Rob McFarland