Last week we took two of the Copper Canyon runners to Run Rabbit Run in Steamboat Colorado. It was a hugely tough course and frankly we were not quite ready for it. Anyway the guys ran well and we will be back. This journey was the first jaunt in the “Raramuri Running Project”. Actually the races in the USA are just a part of this sustainable effort aimed at helping bring tourism and personal industry back to Copper Canyon and the Tarahumara people.
For years now we have been the leaders in small group culturally focused train trips to Copper Canyon. I have gotten to know some of the “Born to Run” Tarahumaras there and have heard them (including Miguel Lara)asking to come to the “otro lada” to run against top runners. Then I came up with the idea of running trips in Copper Canyon that are guided by the barefoot runners. And there is more…
Barefoot Runners in USA Races
Run Rabbit Run is just the first effort. We expect to come to about 6 Ultras in the USA during 2013. The idea is to build a team of about 6 runners and we are pursuing the visa process right now. This is a difficult and expensive process but I am committed to seeing it through. I purchased a small van to transport and have funded the trips so far. If you want to help financially either schedule a running trip (this helps the local runners in Copper Canyon) or email me at email@example.com to contribute.
Running Trips to Copper Canyon
Now you can run with the Raramuri right in Copper Canyon. Copper Canyon running trips are usually about 8 days and groups of 4 or more are accepted. If you want to go and have a group see our “Run With the Raramuri” info to see if there is a group you can join.
Running Camps in the USA
I will be bringing the barefoot runners to the US for weekend running camps in 2013. Plans are to do a camp at Bear Basin Ranch in late May or early June 2013, followed by others around the country. Details are just being finalized but room is limited and you should register early. Content will include several runs with the Tarahumara runners, live interviews with the runners, workshops on “how to lace up a huarachi” , and other content of interest to serious runners.
For info on any of these Tarahumara initiatives, call Dave at 217.369.9897 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.