COPPER CANYON ULTRA CABALLO BLANCO – DONE! READ BLOG HERE

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rought to fame by Christopher McDougall best selling book “Born to run”, deep in the Mexican canyons, the Tarahumaras tribe can literally run hundreds of kilometers a day.
Practically barefoot and fuelled only by pinole wraps.

I first learned about the Tarahumara after reading Christopher McDougall’s bestselling book ‘Born to Run’. In the book, he talks about the life and running habits of the tribe while arguing that modern running shoes are the cause of most injuries.

Whether or not you agree with the argument about shoes and natural running, it’s hard not to get inspired by the account of the almost in-human running capabilities of the Tarahumara’s, also known as Raramuri’s – running people. Running is part of their everyday life since early age as apparently they used to run after animals for hunting (Persistence hunting). Another fascinating particularity is the account of their ability to run long distances through the canyons wearing sandals made from the rubber of old tyre, fuelled only by corn based wraps, chia seeds and little water.

I WANT TO GO BACK TO THE BASIC REASON WHY I RUN: THAT FEELING OF CONNECTION WITH THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU AND THE EARTH UNDER YOUR FEET

Tarahumara tribe runningTarahumara sandals

In March 2014 I will take the three days bus ride from Ciudad Juarez to the Copper Canyons to take part to the Caballo Blanco 50 miles Ultra Marathon.

The race is named after Micah True – aka Caballo Blanco – another almost mystic character that started the race in 2003 to help the Raramuri preserve their culture and running heritage. He died recently while out on a run in the canyons.

Looking at the various videos online, reading the account of those that participated to the event before, it looks as it’s going to be an incredible adventure.

I’m looking forward to immerse myself into this culture even if just for few days, leave my preconceptions at the door (together with my fancy hydration pack, power gels and bars) and go back to the basic reason why I run: that feeling of connection with the people around you and the earth under your feet.

To finish with a quote from Caballo Blanco:

“THINK EASY, LIGHT, SMOOTH AND FAST. YOU START WITH EASY, BECAUSE IF THAT’S ALL YOU GET, THAT’S NOT SO BAD. THEN WORK ON LIGHT. MAKE IT EFFORTLESS, LIKE YOU DON’T GIVE A SHIT HOW HIGH THE HILL IS OR HOW FAR YOU’VE GOT TO GO. WHEN YOU’VE PRACTICED THAT SO LONG THAT YOU FORGET YOU’RE PRACTICING, YOU WORK ON MAKE IT SMOOOOTH. YOU WON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE LAST ONE – YOU GET THOSE THREE, AND YOU’LL BE FAST.”

Watch the video from Caballo Blanco talking about the Tarahumara.