Body of runner Micah True, 'Caballo Blanco', found
After four days of searching, rescuers discover body of 58-year-old who ran extraordinary distances
LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER Micah True, famous as the central character in cult non-fiction running book Born to Run, has been found dead in the New Mexico wilderness after a four-day search.
The cause of True's death is not yet known but, according to the Boulder Daily Camera, there were no obvious signs of trauma to the 58-year-old's body, which was found at 6pm local time on Saturday in the vicinity of Gila Hot Springs
True had set out on Tuesday for what would have been – for him – a routine 12-mile run, wearing only a pair of shorts and a t-shirt and carrying only a bottle of water. Rescuers noted that temperatures are low at night in the desert just now.
The runner had been staying at the Wilderness Lodge and Hot Springs and had not left precise details about his route, which made the rescuer's job harder. Eventually, 14 separate teams on horseback, driving ATVs and with dogs were called to help.
Micah True was made famous by Christopher McDougall's cult bestseller Born to Run which celebrated him under his nickname Caballo Blanco. The book features McDougall's own quest to learn a better way of running long distances from the Tarahumara Indians.
The book asserts that that tribe is able to undertake extraordinary feats of long-distance running – 100 miles or further – without sustaining the routine injuries experienced by non-Indian runners because they don't wear padded running shoes.
The Tarahumara have kept their traditions alive, with many living just as their forefathers did. Running is central to their culture – and they go everywhere wearing simple thin-soled sandals known as huaraches.
True was the race director of the Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon, a gruelling 50-mile race through Tarahumara lands. The day before his disappearance, True tweeted about the race: "We are [messengers] fueled by the message. When the message we carry is of Truth/Beauty, love, hope, and peace..."