This week’s psyche post is from Micah True (aka Caballo Blanco), who was made famous by the book Born to Run. This is the true story—as opposed to the hyperbole-ized book version—of how he met the Raramuri people of Mexico who he’s been intricately linked with ever since. It’s a great read that will motivate you to get out on the trails even if you aren’t a runner. Click on the excerpt to read the rest:
“Well, shucks; I really want to run this race, and am an old time, loyal friend of this event; won’t you let me enter?” I had pleaded with the race director, who did not even remember my name, or who I was, even though I had run the “family” like race four times. No chance; the race had grown big now, and entry was at a premium. The “New York Times” and many publications had written the story of the 55 year old Mexican winning the race. Leadville was now a huge spot on the ultra-running map! The race and their corporate sponsor, a shoe company, had benefited considerably from all of the publicity, the feel good story of the impoverished Indians running for their communities; and not JUST running, but winning; and a 55 year old in sandals at that! A deal was made with the ‘gringo’ promoter who had driven the Tarahumara north, to bring another team of seven Raramuri to the ’94 race. I think that part of the deal was to wear the race-sponsor’s shoes for a photo op.
I received a phone call from the gringo sponsor/promoter of the team of Raramuri. He was looking for help, someone who could run and knew the course, to pace some of “his” runners. “Sure, I’ll do it, providing I can run the whole 50 mile return with the runner of my choice.” “They tend to run faster as they go; you think you can keep up?” he challenged. “If I can’t keep up, then they don’t need me,” I confirmed…
CB and his dog, Guadajuko, and at the start of the race he organizes each year, The Copper Canyon Ultramarathon.