Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

In this inspiring book Christopher McDougall recounts his journey to Mexico to find the legendary Caballo Blanco (Micah True 1953-2012) as he seeks answers about how to overcome a nagging injury. True was a quiet man who enjoyed running great distances and seemed to have many qualities in common with the Tarahumara Indians of the Copper Canyon, and was the only outsider who had been accepted by the tribe. Known as the Running People, the Tarahumara regularly run extremely long distances as part of their daily routine. McDougall eventually meets many tribe members, and with Caballo Blanco organizes a 50 mile race where tribe members compete side by side with non tribe members.

Now an annual event, this race formerly known as the Copper Canyon Ultramarathon is now named Caballo Blanco Ultra, honoring the man who has inspired so many. Learn more about the ultra here:

UPDATE: Please see the comments on this post for corrections and additional information. Many thanks to Maria Walton, Race Director, UltraMarathon, Caballo Blanco!!



2 responses

  1. Thank you Kerri for sharing Micah’s message, along with directing others to our website . However, I must correct the statement, that Chris McDougall assisted in organizing the 50 mile foot race with Micah. Micah initially began this race in the Canyon town of Batopilas in 2002. In 2005, the town of Urique, Chihuahua, began hosting this memorable event. From its inception, it’s always been known as the Ultramaraton, Caballo Blanco. This is how the communities of the Barrancas Del Cobre honor their founding Race Director, El Caballo Blanco. McDougall ran the 47 mile course in 2006. Yet, before that year, several Gringo athletes joined Caballo in the Copper Canyons. The Raramuri are loving, generous and welcoming people. They live by the concept of Korima, sharing openly from one’s heart, without expectaions of thanks, gratitude,or the results. On March 2, 2014, we will celebrate the 12th annual UltraMaraton, Caballo Blanco. May peace continue to brighten your journey. May your spirit dance Happy and Free!

    Maria Walton – Race Director, UltraMaraton, Caballo Blanco

    • Hi Maria! Thank you so much for reading my post and providing corrections! My sincere apologies for the mistakes! I will update my post directing them to your comments for corrections and additional information!

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