Despite cancellation, some still ran Caballo Blanco Ultramarathon

Photo: Grand Canyon National Park
Photo: Grand Canyon National Park

There has been much confusion over whether or not the 13th annual Caballo Blanco Ultramarathon ran this year.

The race, started by the late Micah True, was supposed to run on March 1 but was cancelled last minute just the day before due to drug cartel violence in Ulrique, Mexico. Though the race directors called it off as a stand against drug violence in the area, the city’s mayor, Daniel Silva, later announced that it would go on. That meant that the 100 international runners had to choose.

Race directors Maria Walton and Josue Stephens are reported as telling everyone that they had the right to choose but that getting home safely was urgent because of the level of danger in the area. To add to that, they said that if anyone did go ahead with the race, it would not count as the official Caballo Blanco Ultramarathon.

Many did decide to go ahead and run though it was not an act of defiance towards Walton and Stephens.