Micah True, a legend and an inspiration to runners around the world.
Posted by Ivan Olarte on April 4, 2012
Last Saturday 3/28/2012, I woke up looking forward to a weekend of running, playing music, and going to a party with my wife. But as destiny would have it, it was to be quite a sad weekend.
As I checked my facebook page, I saw a small post about Micah True being missing for a few days in the deep canyons of New Mexico. I did not think much of it at the time as this legendary runner was known to take off into the wilderness for days on end. And so I went on with my weekend plans but the story stayed in my mind all weekend long.
We went to the party on Saturday night but through it all, I could not help but think that Micah, also known as El Caballo Blanco to the Tarahumara people who he befriended, could possibly be hurt or worse.
Because of the remoteness of these trails, very few reports came in over the weekend. Search parties made up of law enforcement, volunteers, friends had searched since midweek to no avail. Well by Sunday, what we all feared the most became a reality… Micah’s body was found near water with a water bottle nearby, and no signs of trauma.
Well what can I say, It’s a tragic event, yet I can honestly say that I find some peace in knowing that Micah True died doing what he loved the most, running free, and being in touch with the earth. Micah lived in the present moment, and while he is no longer with us, his inspiration, and his legacy will continue on.
If you want to know more about Micah, please buy the book Born To Run by Christopher McDougall. It’s an inspiring, exciting and moving account of how Christopher, met El Caballo Blanco and learned to run as free as the Tarhaumara people.
It’s an exciting story and a great read for runners and non-runners. It’s also available as a great audiobook. It may just inspire you like it did me, to get off the couch and start living life the way we did as children, taking joy of see how far our bodies can take us.
This book inspired me and countless others around the world to go back to our roots, to be in touch with ourselves as runners. To be the way we were meant to be…
I now run between 10 to 20 miles a week mostly barefoot, yes your read that right… barefoot. And I have never been happier and healthier than I am now at 50. A huge part of this is due to Micah True, Christopher McDougall, Barefoot Ted, and countless others who have taught me through their stories, lectures and running clinics the sheer joy of being free and running like we all did as small little children.
Sadly while I have been fortunate enough to meet many of my running heroes, I never did get a chance to meet Micah True. I meant to friend him on Facebook, but I knew he led a very busy life promoting running, and at the same time protecting the privacy and culture of the Tarahumaras… Yet I consider Micah a true friend, and so his passing is a very personal loss for me.
So today after work, I went out for my first run of the week. A sad yet refreshing 5.5 mile barefoot run with my dog skip. During the run I decided to record a sad yet beautiful piece in memory of Micah.
So I came home, I got my guitar, and put together this humble tribute to El Caballo Blanco.
This is one of my favorite classical guitar pieces. It’s titled “Un Dia de Noviembre” - A Day in November, by the great Cuban composer Leo Brouwer.
Please click on the link below to visit my youtube channel and see the video.
Wednesday April 4, 2012