By Aaron West / email@example.com Posted: 03/29/2012 10:00:17 AM MDT
Micah True (caballo blanco )was reported missing in the Gila National Forest on Wednesday afternoon. (Courtesy Photo)
SILVER CITY --- Search and rescue teams are currently searching for a Colorado man who was reported missing in the Gila wilderness on Wednesday afternoon.
Micah True, 60, from Boulder, Colo. was staying at the Gila Wilderness Lodge when he went for a run on Tuesday morning, according to Incident Commander Brian Fuller of New Mexico Search and Rescue. Fuller said that when True hadn't returned by Wednesday morning, Jane and Dan Brummer, co-owners of the Lodge, contacted state police and the search was initiated."The owners of the wilderness lodge where he was staying reported him missing because he didn't come back," said Fuller. "There was no indication of where he was going."
Search teams from Las Cruces, Grant County and Socorro searched the area throughout Wednesday afternoon and into the night, Fuller said, and are continuing the effort today. He said that a New Mexico State Police helicopter arrived this afternoon to help and a Civil Air Patrol fixed wing aircraft is coming later today.Jane Brummer, who is also a friend of True, said that True had left for a 12-mile run on Tuesday morning at about 10 a.m. with a water bottle and wearing running shorts, a T-shirt and running shoes. She said he was supposed to have left for Phoenix on Wednesday.
"When he didn't come home that night we knew something was wrong," Brummer said. "We don't know if he got turned around or if he's injured or what. He's a very experienced runner, it's kind of hard to believe that.he's lost. We just need to get out there and try to track him down."
True is the race director of The Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon, a 50-plus mile extreme race which took place in Urique, N.M. on March 4; has been featured in the magazine "Running Times;" and is a central character in the non-fiction book "Born to Run," by Christopher McDougall.
"We'll just continue searching for him," Fuller said.The Sun-News will continue to update the story as details become available. Aaron West can be reached at (575) 538-5893 ext. 5803
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Living in Mexico's Sierra Madre mountain range, the Raramuri Indians are some of the best long distance runners in the world, but how far can they run in the face of problems like environmental damage, loss of native lands, and the drug war? An American ultra marathon runner known as Caballo Blanco is fighting to help the Raramuri preserve their culture and tradition of long distance running. The Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon is the result.
The Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon is the result.
Search Is On in New Mexico For a Revered Ultrarunner
By BARRY BEARAK Published: March 30, 2012
Micah True, a mythic figure among extreme-distance runners, went for a 12-mile run Tuesday morning and has yet to return, setting off a search in the Gila Wilderness of southwestern New Mexico.“We had an initial report that he was seen on Highway 15, heading north, but we have no other clues whatsoever,” said Bob Rodgers, the search and rescue resource officer for the New Mexico State Police. “We thought we had found some of his tracks at one time but that turned out to be someone else.”Highway 15 leads to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, the ancient homes of the Mogollon people who lived in the area’s steep canyons 700 years ago. It was the type of terrain True favored.
True, 60, was a central character in the best-selling nonfiction book “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall. He was described as a man who overcame injuries after learning a new way to run from Mexico’s Tarahumara Indians, who are renowned for their running skill over long distances. True excelled at distances of 50 miles or more over steep and rocky trails, commonly running in sandals.An ultrarunner known as Caballo Blanco, or White Horse, True split his time between Boulder, Colo., and an adobe house near the old Mexican town of Urique. He was the race director of the Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon, a 50-mile race along a dirt road and single track trail that ends in Urique’s central plaza.Early last week, True spent two nights at the Gila Wilderness Lodge in Gil, N.M., said Jane Brummer, the co-owner of the inn and a friend of True. “He was with his dog, and he was going to leave soon to visit his girlfriend in Phoenix,” she said.
True left on his Tuesday run at about 10 a.m., dressed in running shorts and a T-shirt, Brummer said. “We assume he was running to the cliff dwellings,” she said.She discounted some early theories for his disappearance. “There’s a slight chance he got lost, but that’s really hard to believe,” she said. “He has run in Gila a lot and knows the trails. There are mountain lions, but I’ve never heard of an attack on a human around here.“Something physical must have happened to him, though I don’t know what, maybe heart attack. Did he fall and break his leg? We just don’t know.”The search has involved a state police helicopter and the civilian air patrol in addition to canine teams and mounted patrols, Rodgers said.This time of year, the weather in the area is warm during the day, but the temperature often drops below freezing at night.
Hallan muerto al famoso corredor de ultramaratón Micah True
Lo encontraron junto a un arroyo, sus piernas en el agua fría, y con la botella a su lado.
dom 01 abr 13:33:00 2012
- El corredor estadounidense de ultramaratón Micah True fue hallado muerto el sábado en el desierto de Nuevo México, cuatro días después de haber desaparecido, dijo la policía.True fue encontrado en las montañas del Parque Nacional de Gila, en el sudoeste de Nuevo México, cerca de la frontera con Arizona, el sábado por la tarde, afirmó Tom Bemis de la policía estatal de Nuevo México. No había evidencias de lesión en su cuerpo, aseguró la policía.Un médico forense se dirigía hacia la zona. El cuerpo de True probablemente solo podrá ser recuperado el domingo debido al terreno accidentado.
Apodado "Caballo Blanco", True se hizo famoso después de protagonizar el exitoso libro de no ficción "Born to Run" (Nacido para correr) de Christopher McDougall.True salió el martes del complejo Wilderness Lodge y Hot Springs, a 6,5 kilómetros del Monumento Nacional de Gila Cliff Dwellings, para correr 12 kilómetros con una botella de agua y pantalones cortos y camiseta. Dejó a su perro en el complejo.El propietario del complejo informó a las autoridades el miércoles de que True no había vuelto. La policía entonces puso en marcha un dispositivo de búsqueda intenso, con 60 personas peinando las 200.000 hectáreas de abruptos cañones y riachuelos del alto desierto.
True, que vivía entre Boulder, Colorado y la ciudad norteña mexicana de Urique, fue director de la ultramaratón de las Barrancas de Cobre, una dura carrera de 80 km que atrajo a un entregado grupo de corredores del noroeste de México.En enero, True escribió en su página de Facebook: "Si yo fuera a ser recordado por algo, me gustaría que fuera por que yo soy/era auténtico. No por nada más. ¡Corred libres!".