Legendary runner to participate in race

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By Special to the Monitor

Among the thousands of runners who will participate in this year’s Jemez Mountain Trail Runs, an utlrarunning legend will also hit the trail.

Ultrarunning legend Micah True (aka Caballo Blanco) will not only participate in the trail runs but he will share his story about living and running with the Tarahumara Indians of Central Mexico.

True is known for his life among the Rarámuri as they call themselves – the indigenous people of the Copper Canyon region who are famous for their long distance running tradition. True will give a talk to benefit the nonprofit organization Norawas de Rarámuri at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Church.

True was introduced to the world of Tarahumara running back in 1994 when a group of indigenous runners came to Colorado to compete in the Leadville 100 Mile trail race.

True divides his time between Batopilas, Mexico and Colorado. Over the years he has formed a special connection to the land and people of the Barrancas del Cobre. He is the founder and director of the annual Copper Canyon Ultramarathon, a unique 50 mile race, which attracts locals as well as runners from all over the world to compete on hot, rugged trails for cash, corn and the honor of donating their winnings back to the local communities.

True will talk about how he ended up in the Copper Canyon living among the Rarámuri and eventually founded the Copper Canyon Ultramarathon.  

His presentation will include events leading up to the notable 2006 event, a video presentation of race highlights, as well as updates on the current status of the race.

In cooperation with the nonprofit Norawas de Rarámuri, True works to support

and reinvigorate the ancient and unique running culture of the Tarahumara; a tradition that has endured from long before the arrival of the Spanish but is now threatened by the incursion of our modern world into the remote canyons of their homeland.

Norawas de Rarámuri organizes local and international footraces to celebrate and encourage continuation of Rarámuri running and the health of their communities.

True will give a short talk at the Jemez Mountain Trail Runs pre-race dinner Friday at the Crossroads Bible Church. Refreshments will follow.  

A donation to Norawas de Rarámuri is requested.  The Jemez Mountain Trail Runs and the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos are sponsoring the event.