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Still, They Endure: The Paradox of Mexico's Legendary Tarahumara Runners

Raul Vilchis - Remezcla
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March 11, 2015

Born To Run - A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
by Christopher McDougall
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Last weekend, organizers of Mexico’s famous Caballo Blanco ultra-marathon cancelled the race for the first time in 12 years. Violence in Chihuahua, where barefoot runners endure a grueling 60-miles on dirt trails, is endangering the future of a tradition inspired by indigenous Tarahumara runners. The tribe is also in danger, suffering endemic poverty and hunger in their own homeland.

The legendary endurance of the Tarahumara was popularized in the book Born To Run, by Chris McDougall, which is now being made into a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey. McDougall told an autobiographical tale of his own running injuries and his quest to discover how the Tarahumara developed the ability to run for hundreds of miles without rest or injury. Along the way he met a fellow running enthusiast named Micah True, aka Caballo Blanco, who died in 2012. Last weekend’s race was named in his memory.

Even as outsiders marvel at their running abilities, the Tarahumara living in isolated communities in the Copper Canyon remain largely ignored. This has been the case for nearly a century.

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