We are not hosting this event, but we are participating in it and it may be of interest to many in our group, particularly if you have an interest in running or rehabilitating donkeys. NOTE: If you plan on attending, this event is likely to be well-attended, so we recommend you follow the link below to register (free).
You can also RSVP yes to our meetup event so that we know you are coming.
This Saturday, Nov 2, Flint and Cocoa will be at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck at 3pm to welcome Chris McDougall, donkey owner and author of the just-released book "Running with Sherman" which tells the heartwarming story about training a rescue donkey to run one of the most challenging races in America. (See "Synopsis" below for more).
Chris will be there at 4pm to talk about the story of Sherman, the book, and to answer your questions. See below for a synopsis of the book. Chris is also the author of the best-selling book "Born to Run" and a former AP foreign correspondent who covered wars in Rwanda and Angola. Hope to see you!
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. He’d heard about burro racing–a unique type of race where humans and donkeys run together in a call-back to mining days–and decided he and Sherman would enter the World Championship in Colorado.
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.