GO2 JACK­SON HOLE

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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

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