Copper Canyon race to go onApril 10, 2012
The Copper Canyon 50-mile ultra-marathon founded by Caballo Blanco will go on next year.
Ultra-runner Micah True, known as Caballo Blanco, founded the extreme ultra-race in 2003 in Urique, Mexico. The local Tarahumara, or Raramuri, Indians in the area are known for their running traditions, and the race was designed to honour those traditions.
But following the death of True last month, it was unclear as to whether or not the race would continue. According to the Globe and Mail, the Tarahumara are a reclusive tribe, and the race was built on True’s relationship with the tribe.
Now it seems the race will continue. True’s agent, Scott Leese, told the Washington Post a foundation and memorial fund have been created to honour the 58-year-old True. The Caballo Blanco Foundation will focus on True’s support for the Tarahumara, and will organize and fund the 2013 race.
The cause of True’s death has yet to be determined. He was found dead in New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness four days after setting out for a run.