FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2014
TARAHUMARA RUNNERS COMING TO sANTA fE
Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon
Global Running Culture is pleased and honored to receive confirmation that Rarámuri (Tarahumara) runners and artists from Copper Canyon, Mexico will participation in the Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon for the third consecutive year.
Santiago Batista Gonzales and Pedro Lerma Lino are world-class ultra-distance runners who cover vast distances as part of their daily activities. The half marathon is actually far too short for them – they’ll be just getting warmed up by the half marathon point. Speed is not a priority for the Rarámuri. Last year, Pedro won a rugged trail race lasting 2 days and 2 nights in Copper Canyon. His prize was 400 pounds of beans, corn and other staples for his village.
In addition, three Rarámuri artists will bring unique handmade arts and crafts to sell at the Global Running Festival, Fort Marcy baseball field from 12-4 on Saturday September 13, and the finish line celebration at the Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino on Sunday September 14. www.santafethunder.com
Endurance running is a highly valued part of the Rarámuri culture; their very name means “those who walk through life correctly” or “he who runs well.” In his best-selling book Born to Run, Christopher McDougal wrote “that was the real secret of the Rarámuri: they’d never forgotten what it felt like to love running. They remembered that running was mankind’s first fine art, our original act of inspired creation. We were born to run; we were born because we run. We’re all Running People, as the Rarámuri have always known.”
Global Running Culture’s mission is to better the lives of our next generation through the powers of sport and education in three communities where running remains a vital part of the local culture: northern New Mexico, the village of Matunget, Kenya, and Copper Canyon Mexico. GRC founded the Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon as a destination event to bring runners from around the world together in celebration of our shared love of running and the Rarámuri will join runners from Kenya, Ethiopia, Japan, Canada and over 30 states.
As our friend Billy Mills said “the ultimate is not to win, but to reach within the depths of your capabilities and to compete against yourself to the greatest extent possible. When you do that, you have dignity. You have the pride. You can walk about with character and pride no matter in what place you finish.” The Rarámuri continue to leave their footprints, run with pride and show us all the way. We are blessed that they will join us again and look forward to sharing the path with them down the Old Taos Highway.