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Flying Pig Marathon Results

The Tarahumara runners from Copper Canyon came to The Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati and ran well. Everything was new for them- air travel, the big city, crowds. And beyond this they had never run a timed 5K or 10K or marathon. And they are used to running trails, not asphalt. So to place 3rd […]

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Running Camp

Run with the Tarahumara Coming this June to Colorado is our first running trip in the USA. This one will feature some of the barefoot runners from Copper Canyon as well as a US based ultra runner and coach- possibly Dave James from Phoenix. The camp will run Thursday night through Sunday noon and this […]

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Seven Tarahumara Tips

How to relate to the Tarahumara in Copper Canyon? Here are some pointers on how to interact with the indigenous people of Copper Canyon. As you travel the famed Copper Canyon train, you will see them and cross paths with them. Their culture is changing as the world around them does. Yet they retain their […]

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Copper Canyon Running Trips

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 […]

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Copper Canyon

What is Copper Canyon? It is actually several vast canyons which sprawl over the Sierra Madres in northern Mexico. These gorges are more widespread and at several points deeper than our Grand Canyon. The Copper Canyon train (CHEPE) stretches through the heart of this romantic country. CHEPE is cited as one of the world’s great […]

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Jilo and 500 Pesos

I drop by Jilo Mancinas’  little hovel of a house in Areponapuchi. The front area serves as a garden, grazing area for Jilos ponies and parking for his beat up little pickup. Jesinia comes to the door. The pure beauty of this little girl flows. She and her sister Daniela live here with there parents. […]

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The kind of people who love the Copper Canyon train.

There are certain qualities in the people who love the Copper Canyon and its train experience…it is not for everyone. Here are some qualities of people I have noticed who truly are enriched by it: 1. People who want to pave their own road with an intelligent, personal guide who knows and loves the place. They […]

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Those Incredible Tarahumara Baskets in Copper Canyon…getting started.

They sit silently, three generations of them, on a ridge high above the roaring Orteros. Their hands are busy with an ancient craft. The only sound is the low chatter of children, an occasional fly, and the river. The baskets they are making this morning are of sotol leaves (from the plant that is fermented and […]

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Tesguino…my first shot.

We were traveling through and stayed in the tiny village of Cuiteco. It was on a Sunday last August and there was a Sunday celebration in Cuiteco. I had been wanting to give it a try this home brew of the Tarahumara called tesguino…and finally, I had the chance. I took a look at the stuff, […]

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How to tie Huarachis…footwear of the Raramuri

What are huarachis? These simple little sandals are worn year round by the natives of the Sierra Madres. Christopher McDougal has written about them in “Born to Run”.  Often Tarahumara feet will be dry, crusted, and sometimes a little wounded from banging around the hills in these things. They do protect pretty well actually and […]

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