Micah True (Caballo Blanco) was an American ultrarunner from Boulder, Colorado who lived and ran with the Tarahumara Indians in Northern Mexico. Micah’s message was simple – Run Free! – and he shared his enthusiasm for running in the beauty of Las Barrancas del Cobre by creating the Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon (CCUM), now known as the Ultra Marathon Caballo Blanco. The race was made famous in Christopher McDougall’s best-selling book Born to Run – A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. Micah True was the CCUM Race Director from 2002 until his death in 2012.
Barefoot Ted is a philosopher, athlete and the founder of Luna Sandals Company. He is committed to rediscovering primal human capacities and encourages others to do the same.
Scott Jurek is an American who has been one of the most dominant ultramarathon runners in the world, winning many of the sport’s most prestigious races multiple times including the Hardrock Hundred (2007), the Badwater Ultramarathon (2005, 2006), the Spartathlon (2006, 2007, 2008), and the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run (1999-2005). He competed in the 2006 CCUM (the race featured in Born to Run) and came in second place behind a Raramuri named Arnulfo Quimare. In 2007 Jurek returned and captured the title of champion.
Luis Escobar, is a skilled ultra runner, experienced race director and gifted photographer who was among the original Mas Locos to travel down to the Copper Canyons of Mexico in 2006 for the legendary adventure now featured in the book Born to Run. He came back with a renewed outlook on running, great new friendships and a wealth of images that document an incredible adventure in the land of the Tarahumara. He carries Micah True’s message by touring the country and giving talks about the Raramuri of Mexico and by being an active board member of Norawas de Raramuri, the non-profit organization associated with Micah’s dream and vision for the Running People.
Francois Bourdeau from Montreal, Canada, is better known in the running community as Flint, the author of the FlintLand blog. He is a passionate traveler and long-distance runner who met Micah True in 2012 while roaming in the Copper Canyons a month before competing in the race. Flint continues to run free and is an active board member of Norawas de Raramuri, the non-profit organization associated with Micah’s dream and vision for the Running People.
Olaf Sorenson was born in Denmark, but has lived in Australia, Mexico and the United States, among others. He traveled down to the Copper Canyons in 2012 a month in advance for the race and shared a ride to Urique with Micah True, which started a friendship that would influence his running and his life. Olaf continues to spread the humble message of “Run Free” as a Mas Loco and as a coach who helps people get back in touch with the true joy of running.
Maria Walton grew up in the farmlands of Indiana, which brought appreciation for the blessings of family, community, and honoring the bountiful gifts from Mother Earth. Raised with six brothers, running brought a sense of freedom and her family encouraged her to follow her passion of servitude with humility and grace. Maria is a running coach, President/Chair of the U.S. Based Non Profit-Norawas de Raramuri.
(Friends of the Running People), and Co Race Director of the Ultra Marathon Caballo Blanco.