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11 x 17 CCUM 2013 Posters Available


11 x 17 CCUM 2013 Posters Available

If you are interested in one of these gorgeous posters, please use the Paypal Link to submit payment and we will one out to you!


Purchases will be used to help cover the following costs for the 2013 Event

  • Corn for the Raramuri
  • Transport to/from event for the Raramuri
  • Food for the Raramuri

 *Please add $8.00 for shipping internationally (Non USA or Canada)


October Race in Cerocahui


October Race in Cerocahui

Mario Muñoz, the coach for the Equipo Caballo Blanco running team, is hosting a 60k ultra in Cerocahui near Urique this October. See flyer for details. 


Map Of The Copper Canyons


Map Of The Copper Canyons

We have posted a map of the Copper Canyons and its surrounding for those traveling with us for the first time. It highlights Bahuichivo, the train station, Doug Rhodes's Rancho Del Oso and the town of Urique.  


Cabro Colorado's Guide to the "Copper Canyon" Caballo Blanco Ultramarathon


Cabro Colorado's Guide to the "Copper Canyon" Caballo Blanco Ultramarathon

If you have any questions on travel or race details, please Contact Us or visit our Travel Page or Race Page

*This was originally published by Mas Loco Chris Labbe (Cabro Colorado) as a PDF on, it has been updated by the Caballo Blanco Ultramarathon team to reflect any current changes.

*The information contained in this guide is from the experiences of Cabro Colorado. If the opinions or experiences of Animales Mas Loco that are not Cabro are used, every attempt to give credit where credit is due has been used.

What is the Caballo Blanco "Copper Canyon" Ultramarathon?

This is a very big question… ultimately the race is an ultramarathon designed to celebrate and encourage the continued development of running as a central element in the culture of the Raramuri Indians of Central Mexico.

In a less philosophic sense, the race is a mountain running festival with multiple days of hikes with the Raramuri, followed by a 51 mile race in the bottom of the Urique Canyon of the Copper Canyons in Chihuahua, Mexico.

The race was originally called the Copper Canyon Ultramarathon. It has since been renamed the Caballo Blanco Ultramarathon to in Memory of Micah True (known to many as Caballo Blanco), the founder of this wonderful event.

Why should I run in the CCUM?

If your goal is to win more races, then you should not be running this race. You might win this race, but that is very much not the point of this event. This is a celebration of running. It is a celebration of the Raramuri. It is a celebration of Central Mexico. The CCUM is an event unlike any race you will find anywhere else.

What’s up with this Korima business?

Korima literally means “sharing without caring” … put another way, give what you can and do not expect any thanks for the giving. It’s strange business for us Americanos. If you give something to a Raramuri they will take it. Sometimes they will acknowledge the gift … most of the times, not. It’s not an insult, it’s the way they live. The reward is in the giving, right?

Who is Caballo Blanco?

Find out for yourself by reading articles posted on the website or by googling “Micah True" Born to Run and “copper canyon ultra marathon”.

Arrgh! I’m trying to plan my trip, but can’t find any schedules or info!

It can be intimidating thinking about navigating through Mexico to find buses and trains that can't be arranged ahead of time. Cabro felt the same way last year. Now that he’s been through it once, he can tell you that it's pretty easy as long as your willing to roll with whatever happens, think on your feet and have no shame for trying to use crappy Spanish in nontouristy places.

How much dinero should I bring?

*ballpark figures only

Hotels will run between $15 & $40 per night, but you will almost always have the opportunity to split room costs. The extended plan is 7 nights and 8 days … makes for around $300 in food and lodging Transportation into and out of the canyon towns will vary depending on your route choices. However, buses/vans from the train in Bahuichivo down and from Urique back up will be $15 to $25 each. Throw in a few other expenses (like paying a Raramuri to make you some huaraches) and $400 would be a fair amount to bring.

Can I use traveler’s checks or credit cards during the trip?


There is very little opportunity to use credit cards, especially in the canyon towns. There is a cash machine in Creel and a bank that can advance cash against your CC. After that, no chance. Traveler’s checks are a similar story. The cambio de checques in Creel or the bank in Creel can convert your checks. Past this point in the journey, it’s basically a cash world. In general, you should convert enough $$$ to pesos in one of the major cities (Los Mochis, Mazatlan, Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua) and avoid the stress of being peso or cash limited. If you run out of pesos, many of the Mexicans will take $$$ at a favorable exchange to them. This year the normal exchange was around 13p/$1.

I hear the course is unmarked. How will I know where to go?

*The course is now marked with white paint at interserctions and critical points.

There really is no way to get lost on the first spur. It's a road that leads up to Guadalupe Coronado and back down to the river. Then we run up another Canyon on single track to Naranjo. For the 2nd leg, 6+ miles of road is the main part, then cross and follow the river to Los Alisos and the grapefruit orchards. The path is wide and obvious all the way to Los Alisos because of the sponsored trail maintenance. For the 3rd leg, all road back to Guadalupe Coronado and back to Urique.

Do I need camping equipment?

No. Unless you intend to deviate from the basic plan, you will not need any sleeping equipment. You will be “pampered” by central Mexico standards.

Do I need to speak Spanish to survive this trip?

Cabro’s experience says that the Mexican people truly appreciate anyone trying to speak Spanish. Many of them can speak English and will respond quicker after a feeble attempt by an Americano to speak Espanol. However, there will be many people in the group that are either fluent, or can hack their way through. Spanish language is NOT a requirement for joining this adventure.

Can we talk to the Raramuri in Spanish or English?

Maybe … some of the Raramuri will also speak Spanish. They speak a unique language that is not rooted in the latin derivatives. Here is an online translator you can use to entertain yourself.

Where do we stay in Urique?

Sponsored event lodging is at Hotel Estrella del Rio. The Rio is nice enough by Mexico standards, but these are not always as nice as cheap hotels here in the US. A bed and a basic bathroom is what you should expect. Cost should be about $35 per room.

Hotel de los Cañones is on the main street, nice enough old place for about $20 to $30 will be an option.

Campers may pitch tents or get a room/bed at Entre Amigos, about $8-$20 bucks....Nice piece of land, good shower, ect... Los Barrancas at around $40 is available as well. There are many more hotels in Urique an several options available. Reservation in advance is recommmended.

How do I get to the race start? *seriously tight budget (from Caballo Blanco himself)

• Bus to El Paso • Get to the Americanos bus station on El Paso street on the El Paso side of the international bridge. • Buy a ticket on the next bus to Juarez bus terminal earlier the better • AMERICANOS bus will stop at the border while Mexican passengers are having their luggage inspected by Mexican customs, you go into the migra office and get your tourist card...tell the bus driver what you are doing so he waits. This ride will cost ya about $15. • When you get to the Juarez bus terminal, buy ticket on next bus to Chihuahua city (about $30). 5 hours later you will be in Chihuahua city bus terminal. • There will be a direct bus to Creel (about $25) leaving at 2 and 4pm (4 1/2 hour ride). • If you miss all rides to Creel in Chihuahua city, there is a really nice hostel, with rooms right next to the train station. Hostel is owned by a French guy, called Casa De Chihuahua. • Next day get on the early second class train to Bahuichivo, or first class if ya want to spend twice as much money and leave earlier. ALL transport from Bahuichivo station to Urique will wait on the 2nd class trains to up and wait, or wait and hurry up? Your choice. • Train from Creel to Bahuichivo station is about $15

Semi-tight budget

Fly to El Paso, follow instructions above

Less-tight and I want to ride the train through the lower canyons

Fly to Mazatlan • Bus to Los Mochis • If you get to Mochis • Catch train to Creel or Bahuichivo

More $$$ less buses

• Fly to Los Mochis • Train to Creel or Bahuichivo • Fly to Chihuahua • Train to Creel or Bahuichivo • Creel to Urique - Catch first or second class train to Bahuichivo for $12 to $24. Then catch public bus to Urique for $12.

What should I bring to the race?

Our only fire. We had a low-carbon trip.

As little as possible. You can rinse/wash stuff in the river or showers. There will be no need to dress up for anything we will do. Everyone will be wearing t-shirts and running shirts. Running shoes and a pair of hiking sandals is enough. If you have more than a big backpack and a small hiking type pack, you are probably over packing.

The Raramuri will graciously accept any small gifts or tokens you might bring. There are several great pictures of La Brujita Jenn Shelton sharing Clif gels with them. This is a sweet treat they are not accustomed to.

For running fuel, you can BYO or use what will be available at the race. Pinole is a very finely ground form of roasted corn and mixes well in water. It makes for a terrific carbohydrate source. Last year Cabro used this and some gel packs as his only fuel source. You can buy pinole in Creel or Divisadero before heading down into the canyons.

Can I drive down to the race?

*Driving info from Caballo It is an awesome drive and fast there is a shortcut over the mountains halfway down the freeway thats right between Juarez and Chihuhua, that avoids Ciudad Chihuahua and brings you out at Ciudad Cuauhtemoc....2 1/2 hours to Creel. Takes about 9 hours total......11 real easy.

More information on driving down can be found on Mexico Horse's website



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.

Register Now or Contact Us to become a Sponsor or Donor of this event!



CCUM 2013 - Online Registration Now Open

  Runners who want to join us in 2013 for a great celebration of peace at the bottom of the canyons can now register online. The Caballo Blanco / Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon will be held on March 3, 2013, true to its tradition and in honor of our friend's dream and mission.


As Micah would say himself, "Quien es Mas Loco?"


Register now!




March 4, 2012 Copper Canyon Run and Ultra Marathon: A message from the RD

Don`t know about any of you, but, sometimes I take myself too darn seriously. Sometimes, since I have been sponsoring this run, I have felt like I am standing on the corner of Broadway and Canyon, out in cyberspace, holding a sign that reads "will run for frijoles." Kind of humbling; and humility, like frijoles, is a good thing. The cars pass hurriedly, with very little response, sometimes a honk, someone telling me to get a job, someone else flips me off. "Poor guy," I think. An occasional lovely smiling face passes: That feels nice! I look every passing driver in the eye, have nothing to hide. The message seems clear enough. A fellow from Albuquerque, the CEO of a successful company, liked the message, pulled over and asked me what I want, and offered money. I told him that I do not want money. El Presidente de Urique has pledged prize money for the Urique canyon version of the race. What we would really like is maiz to help sustain the people until the next harvest, which promises to be a very good one, with all of the rain that we have had this season, and donations from runners and their friends. Gracias Michael from Albuquerque, El Presidente de Urique, and CCUM runners. The Copper Canyon run is now free, like running should be. The frijoles and Maiz are on us. The next scheduled run will be March 4, 2012. Complete information will soon be posted. The run will consist of a 4 day program with about a 65 outside runner limit. Entry will be accepted and verified by the RD.

No set entry fee---[a donation] No [Limited] aid ---[actually, there is now plenty of aid!] No course markings [There will be some at key junctions and we will all pre-walk the course the Thursday and Friday prior to the weekend]. No awards [but self-satisfaction]--The Raramuri will win prize money, corn and beans. No commercial interests. [IF allowed, PLEASE give back and share the results with us] No filming/photography without permission [which would require sharing the results with us and giving something back to the Raramuri]. No wimps, whiners or weenies allowed [except the RD!] No expectations [but of beauty!] Please realize that: Here in the land of the Tarahumara, ANYTHING is possible!

A pre-race donation of $150 or more will hold/reserve a spot for the runner, and a post-race donation to the run would be appreciated, based on what the individual participant can afford and what the value of the experience was to the runner. Runners/participants may check my guide rates on my website to get an idea of the normal material value of what they are getting. This donation will buy a unique "CLUB MAS LOCO" t-shirt that is sure to be a future collectors item and increase greatly in value!

If you agree to all of this, then continue to the course description and to the entry/application/waiver.

Any participant must pre-send this entry form and pre- donation so that we have an idea how many folks may be participating, then copy and bring the entry with signed waiver to us the week of the event. We hope that all participants will leave the canyons knowing that we are all winners; all of us.

Let's have a wild, beautiful, and happy run!