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One of the original Mas Locos, Scott Jurek comments on his experience running in Mexico’s Copper Canyons.
Born to Run author Christopher McDougall shares his thoughts about the Tarahumara and the eccentric, gringo expat. known as Caballo Blanco.
Everyone of the original ‘mas locos’ in the book Born to Run had a spirit animal that they were named after. Micah True was ‘Caballo Blanco’- The White Horse. Barefoot Ted is ‘El Mono’ – The Monkey. What is your spirit animal?
Micah True ran for the experience of running itself. Although he won the first ultra marathon that he entered, he was less interested in competitive racing. He preferred to ‘run free’.
Part of Micah True’s legacy in Mexico is that he inspired the local culture to return to their origins of long distance running. Indeed, a renaissance of running has taken place in the Copper Canyon and the annual children’s race prepares the next generation of Raramuri runners for the Ultra Marathon. Each year, hundreds of children participate in the 4km race race. Everyone who runs wins school supplies and other gifts.
Listen to the Trail Outlaws podcast interview with Maria Walton, Executive Producer of “Run Free – The True Story of Caballo Blanco”.
Just for fun, here’s a video about our four-legged friends in the small town of Urique where the Ultra Marathon Caballo Blanco takes place. During filming, I had an idea to make a video like this at some point, and this is the result.
Of course, the video features Caballo Blanco’s Tarahumara pooch ‘Guadajuko’, along with a bunch of other friendly canines. Enjoy!