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What is the Caballo Blanco Ultramarathon?

The Caballo Blanco Ultramarathon (Also known as the Copper Canyon Ultramarathon) is a 50-mile (80km) Race run at the bottom of the Urique canyon, in the Barrancas Del Cobre or Copper Canyons of Mexico, held between the local Tarahumara (Raramuri), Mexican nationals and foreign runners who come together to celebrate peace and the long-living traditions of the Running People. This unique event was created by Caballo Blanco, also known as Micah True, after he met the Raramuri at the Leadville Ultra in the 1990's and decided to travel down to the canyons, inspired by their simple ways and physical capabilities. With the intention of celebrating and promoting the running culture of the Raramuri, he created an event where foreign champions and runners would come all the way down to Urique to meet them, share and celebrate together. Every runner who participates in the CCUM and completes a segment of the race wins. Runners completing the first segment (20 miles) win one 100-pound bag of corn. If they complete 2 segments (40 miles), they win 3 bags. Finishers (50 miles)  win 5 bags of corn, which means 500 pounds of food. Since the very first race, all the winnings earned by foreign runners were given back to the Raramuri as Korima, the Circle of sharing, a tradition at the heart of their culture.

[caption id="attachment_418" align="alignleft" width="300"] Caballo Blanco distributing race numbers to gringo and Raramuri runners[/caption]

Foreign runners, generically called gringos or chabochis, travel from all corners of the world for the chance to run with the Raramuri in a beautiful, remote environment that is sure to leave lifetime memories. After the race, they get called "Mas Locos" and join an international community, rich in human values and new friendships.

The race is held yearly on the first Sunday of March, when the weather in the canyons is not yet in the highs of summer. Race headquarters are in the town of Urique and the event is one of the biggest celebrations in the year for local people, who celebrate the Raramuri as true champions and welcome the Mas Locos and aspiring Mas Locos cheerfully.

To honor Micah's memory and perpetuate this unique event, a group of Mas Locos, helped by many supporters, are currently working at the 2013 event, and beyond.

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2012 Memorial Events for Caballo Blanco

You will find here a list of 2012 activities related to Micah, whether they are memorials or racing events.


September 22, 2012 -Memorial Run - Sweden The run will take place in a small village called Persbo in southern Dalarna. We will run the same paths that Micah ran when he visited us in Sweden. For more information

June 9, 2012 - Pengelly Double Dip - Missoula, Montana 10 mile, 13 mile A wild, fun run that Micah loved, and that will be held in his honor this year. View Website

May 19, 2012 - Born To Run Ultra Marathons - Los Olivos, California 10 mile, 50K, 100K, 100 mile View Signup Website

May 6, 2012 - Memorial Run With Maria Walton - Scottsdale, Arizona 8:00 am - Gateway Trail Head McDowell Sonoran Preserve Thompson Peak Parkway & Bell Road

In a spirit of celebration, many communities throughout the world, have formed memorial runs/hikes/walks in memory of Micah’s free spirit, and our shared love for Mother Earth. Together, Micah, Guadajuko and I, enjoyed many beautiful runs throughout the Sonoran desert. So, everyone is invited to bring as many friends to a joyous celebration.

La Mariposa, y El Perrito Fantasma April 21, 2012 - Memorial Run - Sleepy Hollow, New York 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Phelps Memorial Hospital Auditorium See the Facebook event page here


April 21, 2012 - Memorial Run - Ridgecrest, California 7:00 am Dirt parking at the end of College Heights Blvd See the Facebook event page here


April 7, 2012 - Memorial Run - Boise, Idaho 2:00 pm Camel's Back Park Organized by Boise Trail Runners


April 6, 2012 - Memorial Run - Boulder, Colorado 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Chautauqua Lawn See details See video