Race Status Announcement

With great consideration, Norawas de Raramuri (the non profit founded by "Caballo Blanco" Micah True and fellow Mas Locos) has decided not to host the Ultra Caballo Blanco in 2016.  We greatly look forward to returning to Urique in 2017.  We are actively investigating conducting an alternative event for next year that would allow everyone to come together in support of our Raramuri friends and the culture of Running.  We anticipate announcing more details very soon.  We also expect that the local government in Urique, Chihuahua may still choose to conduct an event this year in The Canyon without having Norawas to host. Should this occur, we would have no involvement but of course would help support the Raramuri as much as possible. 


We come together in Las Barrancas del Cobre to create peace and harmony, sharing with/of all that is provided to us by our Mother Earth.
— Micah True "El Caballo Blanco"

Started by Micah True (The legendary Caballo Blanco), the Ultra Caballo Blanco vision is continued by Norawas de Raramuri.

In honoring all former traditions of this 50-mile foot race, Raramuri (Tarahumara) Runners completing each loop, receive vouchers which provides maize, beans, rice, flour and non-GMO seed corn for their families. This reward ensures nutritional sustenance to both the physical and cultural survival of the Raramuri people. Blankets and food are also given to all Raramuri runners and their families who come down for the race. 

The celebration also includes the "Corrida de Los Caballitos", a run for the children of the Canyons, awarding to all participants finisher medals, shirts and a bag of school supplies!

Micah True, el Caballo Blanco - Photo by Luis Escobar 1953 ---2012 "Corre Libre Caballo Blanco!"

Micah True, el Caballo Blanco - Photo by Luis Escobar

1953 ---2012 "Corre Libre Caballo Blanco!"


DETAILS

  • Run on hilly, rocky single-track and dirt roads
  • Race Cutoff time is 16 hours
  • 3rd Loop cutoff is 12 hours (approximately 64km)
  • Course is well marked with white paint on rocks and trees
  • Multiple Aid Stations
  • Medical assistance available
  • Raramuri Run Free

Recommendations

  • Bring your own Electrolytes 
  • Course will have pinole, fruit and water. If you have special nutrition or hydration needs, please bring your own.
  • Bring water bottles or hydration pack, we are a Cupless event. 
  • Sunscreen is recommended, the sun is bright in the Canyons!
  • Bring a bandanna, Buff or something to protect you from dust on certain sections of trail. 

Course Notes:

  • There are a total of 10 Aid Stations along the course
  • Most Aid Stations will be supplied with some light snacks, water and electrolytes
  • Medical Support will be available at 3 Main Aid Stations
  • Course will be well marked with white paint and stencils on the trail, rocks and trees



When I first learned about the Tarahumara, I thought, wait a minute, they do not use special equipment, they are not damaged. They run from an early age until they are about 80. So, what makes them so special? They remember that running is a knowledge. The rest of us have made it a commodity, a product. But it is a physical knowledge, a simple message of love.
— Caballo Blanco

Detailed Course Description | Originally Written by Micah True

In 2015 we will be running our current course which has changed some from the first course change for the 2006 race, when the town of Urique offered sponsorship and wanted to witness the race. In 2010 we added another 3+ miles and 1800 feet of climb to make the run more interesting and a real 50 miler-:]

In an effort to get more runners to come down to run with us, and also allow for a quality experience for spectators, we have eliminated the previous, pre-2005 EXTREME element of this run, which was a hard, very gnarly, potentially dangerous point-to-point, 30 mile canyon-to-canyon run from Batopilas Canyon to Urique Canyon.

The run will now be on a combination dirt road and single track trail beginning and ending in the plaza of the old canyon town of Urique, running on rolling dirt road up and down the Urique river with diversions on single track trail up and down beautiful, lush arroyos [side canyons].

The race will consist of a 21+ mile loop up-river, followed by another 18+ mile loop down-river, then continue up-river again on rough dirt road on another 10+ mile total out and back to the Tarahumara village of Guadalupe Coronado, before ending in the plaza of the town of Urique.

With this format, runners and spectators will have the opportunity to see the progress of the race as it unfolds, and the run will be much safer and easier to manage aid stations, with better access to emergency vehicles, etc.

The two separate extended trail sections will be beautiful, rolling single track, each climbing considerably [2,500+ feet and 1500 feet,] then descending the same, back to what would be considered unimproved dirt-road, beginning and ending in the town plaza of the deep canyon town of Urique, where we will meet in the evening for the awards presentation. The estimated total climb is 9,300 feet with equal descent.

The turn-around points will be the Tarahumara village of Guadalupe Coronado, up-river; then back a few miles across the river to a bridge, cross the river and diverting a few miles up the lush arroyo Mescalera on another dirt road leading to lovely single-track trail and up to another smaller suspension bridge, then climbing another 1800 feet in a couple of miles to the beautiful mountain mesa Naranjo--a lush settlement with awesome views-- before looping back to the town plaza of Urique; then following the dirt road down-river for about 6 miles to a sturdy steel suspension bridge that crosses the river, running single-track to an arroyo, then cross-country up a rocky arroyo with minimal trail until spotting the beautiful dirt trail leading up another 3 miles or so to the lovely rancho "Los Alisos", where sweet, vine-ripened grapefruit abounds!

Runners will check in at Los Alisos, which will have radio contact to Urique, take aid and return on the trail to the river where they will cross and run back up-river to Urique at the 40 mile mark, take more aid, and continue 5+ miles to the mission on the far end of the village of Guadalupe Coronado again, returning on what could at this point be some pretty good "death" hills, to the cheering finish of the race in the plaza of Urique. Cerveza, Comida y Fiesta!!!