running with the Rarámuri
The stage is set for Ultra X Mexico to be one hell of a race. Towing the start line are a host of world beaters from across the globe- Jason Schlarb, Meredith Edwards and Gediminas Grinius, to name a few. However, defending their home turf there are a group of local runners who are not going to be beaten without a fight.
One of the reasons that the Copper Canyons in Mexico is so well known is due to their indigenous population- The Rarámuri or Tarahumara, whom many know from Christopher McDougall’s famous book- “Born to Run”. They are renowned for their long-distance running ability, developed through necessity for inter-village communication, transportation, and hunting.
We are absolutely delighted to have some of the local legends participating in the inaugural Ultra X Mexico and cannot wait to see the race unfold. If you’ve read Born to Run you will recognise these names…
They will be running in sandals and fueled on pinole (the Tarahumara corn gruel) but write them off at your peril!
Arnulfo Quimare (above)
The Tarahumara runner who defeated Scott Jurek in the 2006 race that was featured in the book Born to Run. Described in the book as “the greatest living Tarahumara runner” he is undoubtebly a true legend of the sport.
Silvino Cubesare (above)
Silvino is also one of the protagonists from Born to Run. He comes from the remote village of Huisuchi, yet despite having no trainer and primitive equipment he is one of the finest ultra runners on the planet as featured in Red Bull’s Running in Two Worlds Series here.
Registration for Ultra X Mexico closes on the 15th of September. Sign up now to run with these champions before it fills up!