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    Re: RIP Micah True

    RIP. At least he went doing something he loved.
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    This is sad news. I heard Micah speak in York last year, and he was cool, compelling and entirely unassuming. He had a genuine concern that the Raramuri retained their tradition of long distance running, as the Raramuri struck a chord with him when he first met them. He feared the attention drawn to the Raramuri by the publicity generated by the Copper Canyon ultra marathon may not all be to their good. He was a really nice bloke and had a cracking sense of humour, too. Rest in peace.
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    I think he lived his life the way we all wish we couldd - without restraint, without barriers - but he was bold enough to take that leap. He died doing what he loved......RIP

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    Re: RIP Micah True

    Quote Originally Posted by woodenlegs View Post
    Really shocked to read this earlier today. The McDougall book is truly inspiring and Micah's life even more so. Caught him on his speaking tour last summer in York - really down to earth; rejected all the commercialisation and profiteering by those who wanted to cash-in on his story and the lives of those he loved and respected. A man who truly loved the simplicity of life and the simplicity of running.
    I was also at the talk he gave in York - wasn't he brilliant? - and because he was staying overnight with a friend was able to meet him briefly. A true humanitarian and a great inspiration. I was fascinated by the story of his life as caballo blanco the 'white horse' in Chris McDougall's book Born to Run, and his love of the Tarahumara people of the Copper Canyons. I've been following him on Facebook and it won't be the same without his frequent posts and insights. All you can say is that he died doing what he loved best.............
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    Yep a real shame indeed. When I first read about what he did, it was before I had read the book. I am a real sceptic and to be perfectly straight, my initial thoughts were 'what's his angle?'.

    Then I read more about him and his background and finally read the book, the reverse of what most people do; I had to change my take on him completely.

    He was certainly a very engaging character, more so than Chris McDougall, Barefoot Ted and the other runners in the book.

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    Re: RIP Micah True

    Funnily enough I was reading an article about him in a few weeks ago (http://fellmonkey.blogspot.co.uk/201...lo-blanco.html). The article mentioned that he commented that he barely recognized the "Caballo Blanco" character in the book. It appears there were quite a few liberties taken about the uniqueness of the race featured in the book and some of the characters in it.
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    Re: RIP Micah True

    Quote Originally Posted by DrPatrickBarry View Post
    Funnily enough I was reading an article about him in a few weeks ago (http://fellmonkey.blogspot.co.uk/201...lo-blanco.html). The article mentioned that he commented that he barely recognized the "Caballo Blanco" character in the book. It appears there were quite a few liberties taken about the uniqueness of the race featured in the book and some of the characters in it.
    Cheers for the link , nice to know people out there are reading what I'm writing! Whilst the book does embellish certain details it is still a great read. And he WAS Caballo Blanco, that is not a construct of the book. He was Caballo Blanco before 'Born to Run' and he continued to be afterwards.

    I'd urge anybody to check out the following to get a sense of what Micah was like. Passionate, humble, engaging, funny. A good man that did a heck of a lot of great things for other people.

    http://youtu.be/2o15Ibc0Bvo

    http://youtu.be/bqxX98PyzeA

    http://youtu.be/o9ipSrCAfQU

    Although you will need a spare half hour...

    And for those of you Twitter savvy types, Barefoot Ted and Scott Jurek (amongst many others) have posted some very insightful and moving video and photographs over the last few days.
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    Re: RIP Micah True

    Really saddened too hear this news, met him in Chester last year, really nice humble fellow! RIP.

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    Christopher McDougall tribute to Micah True on BBC news website....http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17600061
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    Re: RIP Micah True

    Quote Originally Posted by Multiterrainer View Post
    Christopher McDougall tribute to Micah True on BBC news website....http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17600061
    Yeah, really good piece this. I like the description of how he was found: "One of the running buddies who found him said Caballo looked peaceful - as if
    he'd stopped for a nap at the end of a long, glorious ramble through the woods, and never woken up".
    I think there'll be loads of takers for the Copper Canyon Ultra in March next year, what do you reckon?
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