Body of runner Micah True, 'Caballo Blanco', found

Apr 1, 2012

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..."

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My girlfriend is reading the book right now, a weird coincidence that we pulled a book off my shelf that had been there for months, read it for the first time, and logged on to the computer to find out the main, inspirational character had died. RIP Caballo.

El Caballo Blanco was a true warrior. He's my inspiration in running with minimalist shoes, despite the initial injuries I sustained. My heart laments to know that he is gone. He will stay forever in my heart. When I read the book Born to Run, it was him that struck me most, not Scott Jurek nor Barefoot Ted. I'll see you in the afterlife. Farewell my friend.

His death makes no sense.

you shouldn't have had any injuries if you transitioned properly...

Indian belief is if you die with dignity and courage, it is a good death. Caballo Blancos was a good death.

Indians know the true way to move, to exist, to die.  It's not when you die, but how.  Blanco died peacefully.  He met the spirits and continued his run to the stars, following their lead...

A great man has died...a true free spirit...The greatest of respect goes to his soul.."now you can run forever free". .RIP caballo blanco

And you know how...?