Sunday, October 4, 2009

Caballo Blanco comes to town!

Yes, the famous White Horse! Or let's say the mysterious one as many of you might not have read Born To Run yet. Again, see my book report, this should get on your must-read list for this year and at the very least your wish list for the end of the year Holidays.
Caballo Blanco is visiting us in October in order to raise funds for his newly created foundation, Norawas de Raramuri, a non-profit to support the Raramuri and their culture, including their running traditions. You can look at the schedule that Caballo maintains online (especially for last minutes updates); and here are some special events and dates from his trip across the West Coast region:
  1. Oct 3 - 50 miler (Man vs. Horse) in Prescott AZ. He will speak to runners during a pre-race meeting.
  2. Oct 17 - fun run in Portola Valley, CA (meet at the Windy Hill parking lot at 0830)
  3. Oct 17 or 18 - Auburn Running Company, Auburn, CA
  4. Oct 20, 21, or 22 - Microsoft: featured speaker at an on-campus event + Seattle Running Company (date/times TBD)
  5. Oct 23, 7pm - 9pm, Zombie Runner, Palo Alto, CA
  6. Oct 24 - Brazen Racing half marathon in San Ramon, CA. He will be available to runners prior to, during and after the race.
  7. Oct 25 - fun run in Santa Maria, CA (with Luis Escobar, el Coyote, featured in the book too) (time TBD)
  8. Oct 31 - Javelina Jundred in Phoenix, AZ. He will speak to runners at the pre-race dinner.
At the risk and expense of decreasing the suspense Chris builds up throughout his book, here is a picture that Caballo Blanco posted on Facebook. Yes, it is hard to believe he is now so connected (Facebook, website, radio interviews), but that is part of living in the 21st century, even in the most remote and isolated Copper Canyons.
I really look forward to meeting this legend this month, intrigued by the subbtle balance between building awareness for the cause of the Tarahumara while protecting their secluded and multi-century traditions and privacy. Hope you can join the party and this running-related cause!

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