Sunday, April 01, 2012

Caballo Blanco Found Dead In Gila National Forest

Micah True, known to many as "Caballo Blanco" from the book Born to Run, was found dead in Gila National Forest in New Mexico after not returning from a trail run. Friends and officials have been searching for four days when they found him last Saturday, his body by a cold creek. The cause of death wasn't known Sunday, although there were no obvious signs of trauma.

(Micah True, seen here in 2009 with Jean Pommier when he came to NorCal)
Micah was an incredible voice for the Tarahumara tribe, who quietly and humbly enjoy a simple life in the Copper Mountains of Mexico. They could use his voice now, since unprecedented floods have caused them to only reap 1% of their typical maize harvest. You can donate to help by sending a PayPal to (local Jewish relief org) or on the Norawas de Raramuri web site (founded by Micah).

I really enjoyed getting to know Micah and will miss his big smile and deep spirit. This is a sad loss of a truly original and inspirational trail runner. I find great solace knowing he died doing what he loved best.

- SD


  1. Such sad news. His story within born to run was one of the more compelling plot lines and as I learned more about him (in the Guide to Ultimate running in which he penned a chapter), and other sources, he was an inspiration to me in how completely he gave himself over to what he believed in. I am sure that news of this will not be widely dispersed and am very glad you took the time to post it so we can remember him.

    Charles Z.

  2. A tragic loss! May his spirit keep running through the canyons!

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