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Run Free November Newsletter


Run Free November Newsletter

Ultra Caballo Blanco (Copper Canyon Ultramarathon) Newsletter View this email in your browser
Welcome to the 2nd Edition of the Run Free Newsletter!

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We have a new website!
Thank you everyone for your patience while we got everything up and running. The new website link is There you will find all of the information about the race as well as stories and memories of Micah True, the Raramuri and the Copper Canyons!

Travel Plans
The registrations are coming in and the time is coming to make travel plans. Remember, this year will have a lot of runners and lodging is first come, first served! A much-loved friend of Caballo Blanco, Doug (Diego) Rhodes, has kindly offered to help make lodging reservations for runners, he can help you with any hotel in Urique. Email him at for more information.

Diego owns a hotel in Cerocahui and has a lot of experience in the area. He is also offering the El Paso Shuttle again. 

Norawas and Donations
The nonprofit started by Caballo Blanco and Mas Locos to support the Raramuri is going back into operation soon! We are currently taking donations on the race website, but will be up very soon (we will include a link once it is up). 

Our November Trip to the Canyons

by Maria Walton
We are excited for our upcoming trip to Las Barrancas next week, meeting with Urique Government officials to review race events and logistics. We will share with the people a post celebration of the sacred, Dia De Los Muertos holiday.

This festival celebrates the memories of loved ones who have died. Memorial altars are created to welcome the departed spirits home. Favorite foods, beverages, photos, memorabilia, are placed in the shrine as a peaceful message of prayer, so the souls may celebrate the blessings they brought into our world. The Aztec Goddess, Mictecacihuatl, assures us that nothing is ever lost. That love plants a fire in our hearts and brings beauty to our souls. 

In honor of Caballo Blanco’s legacy, our dear friends, and Micah’s first race sponsors, Dona Tita Quintana, Prospero Torres, Maria and Josue, have selected a beautiful, road side shrine, against a canyon wall, overlooking the sparkling, flowing streams of the Urique River, facing towards the majestic mountains of the ranch of Los Alisos. The peaceful message of Caballo Blanco, will unite all cultures of the Raramuri, Mestizos, and International running communities.

We are honored that many International partners are supporting this event. Marathon Kids will be providing each child, champion medals and shirts for the Inaugural kids’ run. La Carrerra de Los Caballitos, begin on March 2, a race for the children of Urique.  The Alsace Restaurant group, the International Partner with P.F. Chang’s, will provide each child, school supplies.

In a spirit of Korima, the circle of sharing, without expectations of gratitude for the intended results, we encourage everyone to give freely from the heart. Seeds, clothing, blankets, and school supplies are always appreciated.

In honoring all traditions of the 50-mile foot race, both cash prizes and food vales (vouchers), are rewarded to the top finishers. Runners will receive vouchers, which provide maize, beans, rice, flour, and non-GMO seed corn for the Raramuri families. This reward ensures nutritional sustenance to both the physical and cultural survival of the Raramuri people.  

Micah’s vision ignited a bonfire. May his spirit invite you to keep this flame burning with strength, warmth and light. We will continue this glow into the hearts of everyone that loves to dance and run free!

Maria Walton (La Mariposa)
We can use your help with the Corrida de los Caballitos Kids Run the day before the big race. This is our first year doing it and we can use:
  • support collecting pencils, pens, notebooks, erasers, backpacks
  • support transporting items down to Urique
The Children of Urique built an altar in memory of Caballo Blanco for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
Register for CCUM 2013
The 2013 Event Logo was created by an artist in Chihuahua, he has done the race posters since 2009
See you in the Canyons on March 3rd!

Race Directors Maria & Josue
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Mas Locos at the 2012 Javelina 100


Mas Locos at the 2012 Javelina 100

Update by Maria Walton - RD

Fifteen Mas Locos raced across the Sonora Desert of Arizona. The Javelina Jundred, truly captures the natural beauty, along with the power of Mother Earth. Two Mas Locos traveled from Sonora, and Chihuahua, to take on their first 100-mile adventure. As Jesus finished, he humbly asked if Nick and Jamil would give him an extra belt buckle for their president, who truly admired Caballo Blanco. Jesus and Francisco have ran the CCUM for the past three years. Jamil and Nick lovingly gave them race shirts, and hats, for their entire running team of Mexico! Tyler Tomasello and I distributed hundreds of 2013 Race Posters. The Millers hosted a beautiful post-race celebration. We truly believed that Micah's spirit was with us. And, Guadajuko just grins :D


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A day of remembrance, of friendship and of running free

New York Memorial Run for Caballo Blanco

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New York State runners were eagerly awaiting Saturday, April 21, to meet Caballo Blanco, run with him and hear his presentation on the Raramuri and the Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon. After they heard of his disappearance, organizers Christy Cuomo and Dean Leggiero from Westchester Road Runner decided to transform the event into a memorial for their lost friend.


So last Saturday became a day of remembrance, friendship and free running. Under a beautiful sun, around 20 runners met at the Phelps Memorial Auditorium and went for a run on the surrounding trails, then gathered for a projection of a previous talk given in 2010 by Micah and the short movies by Flint and Olaf, filmed in the canyons only 8 weeks ago.


Special thanks to Saucony, who was present with shoe trials for the runners.


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