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Ultramaraton Caballo Blanco


Known internationally as the Copper Canyon Ultramarathon through author Chris McDougall's book "Born to Run". In memory of Micah True "Caballo Blanco," the race has returned to the name by which it was known in the Canyons, "Ultramaraton Caballo Blanco."

13th Annual Ultra Caballo Blanco

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Ultramaraton Caballo Blanco


Known internationally as the Copper Canyon Ultramarathon through author Chris McDougall's book "Born to Run". In memory of Micah True "Caballo Blanco," the race has returned to the name by which it was known in the Canyons, "Ultramaraton Caballo Blanco."

13th Annual Ultra Caballo Blanco

Micah True, el Caballo Blanco, running in the Canyons with his dog Guadajuko - Photo by Leslie Gaines 1953 ---2012 "Corre Libre Caballo Blanco!"

Micah True, el Caballo Blanco, running in the Canyons with his dog Guadajuko - Photo by Leslie Gaines

1953 ---2012 "Corre Libre Caballo Blanco!"

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Bienvenidos al Ultra Caballo Blanco!

Started by Micah True (The legendary Caballo Blanco), the Ultra Caballo Blanco vision is continued by Fuego y Agua Events and Norawas de Raramuri. It is directed by Mas Locos Josue Stephens & Maria Walton.

In honoring all former traditions of this 50-mile foot race, Raramuri (Tarahumara) Runners completing each loop, receive vouchers which provides maize, beans, rice, flour and non-GMO seed corn for their families. This reward ensures nutritional sustenance to both the physical and cultural survival of the Raramuri people. Blankets and food are also given to all Raramuri runners and their families who come down for the race. 

The celebration also includes the "Corrida de Los Caballitos" on Feb 28, 2015, a run for the children of the Canyons, awarding to all participants finisher medals, shirts and a bag of school supplies!




When the message we carry is of truth, peace, beauty and love, we will always have the strength to find our way home, on this, our beautiful Mother Earth
— Micah True (Caballo Blanco)
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13th Annual Ultra Caballo Blanco


What: 50 miles (80km) on foot

Where: Urique, Chihuahua, Mexico

When: March, 1 2015 

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13th Annual Ultra Caballo Blanco


What: 50 miles (80km) on foot

Where: Urique, Chihuahua, Mexico

When: March, 1 2015 

Register Travel

While they are at war, we come together to create peace and hope, at the bottom of the Canyons.
— Caballo Blanco

NOTA: Tenemos muy buenos descuentos de inscripcion disponibles para los residentes de México y de América Latina. Por favor, póngase en contacto con nosotros por más información

Course Map - Click to Enlarge Image

DETAILS

  • Run on hilly, rocky single-track and dirt roads
  • Race Cutoff time is 16 hours
  • 3rd Loop cutoff is 12 hours (approximately 64km)
  • Course is well marked with white paint on rocks and trees
  • Multiple Aid Stations
  • Medical assistance available
  • Raramuri Run Free

Recommendations

  • Bring your own Electrolytes 
  • Course will have pinole, fruit and water. If you have special nutrition or hydration needs, please bring your own.
  • Bring water bottles or hydration pack, we are a Cupless event. 
  • Sunscreen is recommended, the sun is bright in the Canyons!
  • Bring a bandanna, Buff or something to protect you from dust on certain sections of trail. 

Course Notes:

  • There are a total of 10 Aid Stations along the course
  • Most Aid Stations will be supplied with some light snacks, water and electrolytes
  • Medical Support will be available at 3 Main Aid Stations
  • Course will be well marked with white paint and stencils on the trail, rocks and trees

 


When I first learned about the Tarahumara, I thought, wait a minute, they do not use special equipment, they are not damaged. They run from an early age until they are about 80. So, what makes them so special? They remember that running is a knowledge. The rest of us have made it a commodity, a product. But it is a physical knowledge, a simple message of love.
— Caballo Blanco

Detailed Course Description | Originally Written by Micah True

In 2015 we will be running our current course which has changed some from the first course change for the 2006 race, when the town of Urique offered sponsorship and wanted to witness the race. In 2010 we added another 3+ miles and 1800 feet of climb to make the run more interesting and a real 50 miler-:]

In an effort to get more runners to come down to run with us, and also allow for a quality experience for spectators, we have eliminated the previous, pre-2005 EXTREME element of this run, which was a hard, very gnarly, potentially dangerous point-to-point, 30 mile canyon-to-canyon run from Batopilas Canyon to Urique Canyon.

The run will now be on a combination dirt road and single track trail beginning and ending in the plaza of the old canyon town of Urique, running on rolling dirt road up and down the Urique river with diversions on single track trail up and down beautiful, lush arroyos [side canyons].

The race will consist of a 21+ mile loop up-river, followed by another 18+ mile loop down-river, then continue up-river again on rough dirt road on another 10+ mile total out and back to the Tarahumara village of Guadalupe Coronado, before ending in the plaza of the town of Urique.

With this format, runners and spectators will have the opportunity to see the progress of the race as it unfolds, and the run will be much safer and easier to manage aid stations, with better access to emergency vehicles, etc.

The two separate extended trail sections will be beautiful, rolling single track, each climbing considerably [2,500+ feet and 1500 feet,] then descending the same, back to what would be considered unimproved dirt-road, beginning and ending in the town plaza of the deep canyon town of Urique, where we will meet in the evening for the awards presentation. The estimated total climb is 9,300 feet with equal descent.

The turn-around points will be the Tarahumara village of Guadalupe Coronado, up-river; then back a few miles across the river to a bridge, cross the river and diverting a few miles up the lush arroyo Mescalera on another dirt road leading to lovely single-track trail and up to another smaller suspension bridge, then climbing another 1800 feet in a couple of miles to the beautiful mountain mesa Naranjo--a lush settlement with awesome views-- before looping back to the town plaza of Urique; then following the dirt road down-river for about 6 miles to a sturdy steel suspension bridge that crosses the river, running single-track to an arroyo, then cross-country up a rocky arroyo with minimal trail until spotting the beautiful dirt trail leading up another 3 miles or so to the lovely rancho "Los Alisos", where sweet, vine-ripened grapefruit abounds!

Runners will check in at Los Alisos, which will have radio contact to Urique, take aid and return on the trail to the river where they will cross and run back up-river to Urique at the 40 mile mark, take more aid, and continue 5+ miles to the mission on the far end of the village of Guadalupe Coronado again, returning on what could at this point be some pretty good "death" hills, to the cheering finish of the race in the plaza of Urique. Cerveza, Comida y Fiesta!!! 

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Corrida de Los Caballitos


What: Corrida de Los Caballitos (Free Kids Fun Run)

Where: Urique, Chihuahua, Mexico

When: 7:00am, Saturday Feb 28, 2015

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Corrida de Los Caballitos


What: Corrida de Los Caballitos (Free Kids Fun Run)

Where: Urique, Chihuahua, Mexico

When: 7:00am, Saturday Feb 28, 2015

On Feb 28 at 7:00am, the day before the Ultra Caballo Blanco 50 miler, the children of the Canyons will be running the streets of Urique to celebrate life! 

This is the Third Annual Corrida de Los Caballitos (Run of the Little Horses), started in memory of Micah True and to encourage the young ones to follow in the running footsteps of their elders. 

All children who participate will receive a shirt and medal donated by Marathon Kids, and a bag of school supplies donated by our supporters and Mas Locos. Everyone is encourage to run with the children and participate in this beautiful event!

We can use your help collecting School Supplies! Please Contact Us to let us know how you can help. 


Earth is my Body. Water is my Blood. Air, is my Breath. Fire, is my Spirit.
— Raramuri Prayer


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Travel


(Copper Canyon) Caballo Blanco Ultra Marathon Travel Information

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(Copper Canyon) Caballo Blanco Ultra Marathon Travel Information

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Local Copper Canyons map  - Click to Enlarge

How do I get to Urique?

For a lot of insightful information on traveling to and in the Copper Canyons, read Cabro Colorado’s Guide to the “Copper Canyon” Caballo Blanco Ultramarathon.

The race begins and ends in the small town of Urique, at the bottom of Urique Canyon in the state of Chihuahua.  There are many different ways to travel to Urique and a lot of it depends on your departure location and how much time you have.

Most travelers fly or use ground transport to get to one of the two main travel hubs, Chihuahua City or Los Mochis/El Fuerte. Some opt to fly to El Paso and take ground transport from there. 

Some choose to drive into Urique, it is about a 12 hour drive from either Chihuahua or Los Mochis. Although a vehicle with good brakes and high ground clearance is definitely recommended. 

Whichever way you choose, traveling into the Canyons is not difficult, it only requires a bit of patience and a good sense of adventure! 


Travel Options

Whether you are solo or in a group, traveling to and in Mexico is safe and relatively easy. If you plan on coming down to the Canyons by yourself, you will need a vehicle, flight, train and/or a bus ride to get to your destination. Traveling to Urique is really just getting to the town of Bahuichivo, from there you can bus or truck down into Urique (2hrs). Any combination of flights and buses that will take you to the eastern starting point of the Chepe, Los Mochis, or to its western starting point, Chihuahua City, will do the trick. 

When you first cross into Mexico you will need to go into immigration for your tourist permit so be sure and have your passport on your person and not in your checked luggage. If you are flying in, this should be included in your ticket. The permit will cost about $25. Have a good trip!

Travel Plan #1

  1. Fly to El Paso International Airport (USA)
  2. Take a taxi to the Central de Autobuses in Juarez 
  3. Take a bus to Chihuahua City.
  4. In Chihuahua City, take a taxi to the El Chepe Train Station
  5. Take El Chepe train down to Bahuichivo
  6. Take a truck or bus ride down to Urique (there are always trucks and buses at the train station)

Travel Plan #2

  1. Fly to Chihuahua City International Airport
  2. In Chihuahua City, take a taxi to the El Chepe Train Station
  3. Take El Chepe train down to Bahuichivo
  4. Take a truck or bus ride down to Urique (there are always trucks and buses at the train station)

Travel Plan #3

  1. Fly Los Mochis International Airport
  2. Take a taxi to the El Chepe Train Station
  3. Take El Chepe train down to Bahuichivo
  4. Take a truck or bus ride down to Urique (there are always trucks and buses at the train station)

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Bus 

There is excellent bus service from El Paso, Texas, to Cd. Chihuahua or Cd. Cuauhtemoc. Our preference is to stay in Cuauhtemoc which is a smaller, friendlier city, costs less, and one can board the train at a 8:30 AM, a much more decent hour than arriving at 5:00 AM or so at the Chihuahua station, plus the bus costs less than the train.

Limousines de Mexico 720 South Oregon Street, El Paso, TX 79901, 915) 542-4547  has departures direct to Cuauhtemoc (with a short stop in Chihuahua) at 9:45 AM and 8:45 PM, They also have one to Chihuahua at 10:45 AM but they do not use the main bus terminal (central camionera) and one needs a shuttle there to continue to Cuauhtemoc. The line has terminals and connections with in many U.S. Cities such as Denver, Los Angeles, and points in between.

Americanos,  1007 S Santa Fe St, El Paso, TX 79901, (915) 532-1748 has departures at 9:30 and 11:00 AM and 1:30 and 10:00 PM to the central camionera in Chihuahua. From there catch Rapidos Cuauhtemoc to Cuauhtemoc, an easy transfer but you may need pesos to pay.

Of the two lines, Americanos has the better buses with more leg room. Both charge about $33 to Cd. Cuauhtemoc with another $10 to Cuauhtemoc (note all prices are in U.S. dollars). With Americanos you can buy tickets and board at Greyhound bus stations as well but the clerks there tend to be more snooty and charge extra if you have more than one checked bag but with either the Americanos or Limousines you can check more than one bag free of charge. Also with Americanos there tends to be less hassle from Mexican Customs at the border crossing they use.


Bienvenidos a Urique!

Runners and travelers coming down to Urique can either rent a hotel room, stay with a local family or camp out. Availability of rooms in Urique is limited, so we strongly recommend you make arrangements as early as possible. The best way to do this is to contact the hotels directly. This website will help you with international calling codes.

**If you are having issues, please email the Director of Tourism in Urique, Cecy Villalobos (cecy.villalobos20(at)gmail.com) or call her office at 011-52-635-456-6043 Ext #110 *ENGLISH & SPANISH SPOKEN. Please keep your requests to a minimum as Cecy gets a lot of email and is very busy around race time. 

Those who want to camp out are invited to contact our good friend Keith Ramsay at Entre Amigos, a beautiful property just out of Urique that offers plenty of camping space, an organic garden and some of the most interesting unofficial pre- and post-race happenings! Bring your own sleeping gear, blanket, tent, sleeping bag etc. 

Click on Image to visit the Chepe website

Click on Image to visit the Chepe website

TraiN

El Chepe Train is one of the most scenic train rides in the world, it is the only passenger train in Mexico and includes the second highest railroad bridge in the world. The most scenic trip is from Los Mochis to Bahuichivo (headed north), but the ride from Chihuahua City to Bahuichivo is also breathtaking!

All of the information on the El Chepe train can be found on their website, which is in both English and Spanish. Tickets can be purchased at the Train Station the day of departure in both First and Second Class options.  


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Cessna Flights In/Out of Urique

It is a little known fact there is an active airstrip in Urique. Flights to/from Chihuahua City are only 1.5 hours, and while a bit more expensive than bus, train or , they can save you about 10 hours of travel one-way. Flights leave for Urique from the Chihuahua City International Airport, in the small craft hangars. 

Flights generally accommodate up to 4 passengers with their baggage (2 reasonably sized bags each). Prices are charged by one-way flight and run between USD $1000 & $1200 (remember, this can be split between 4 people). This can be convenient if you want to travel overland into Urique, then need to rush out quickly after the race. 

Reservations for flights must be done at least a week in advance and you will be billed if you do not show up for your flight. Payment can be done via Bank Transfer or with Cash, they do not take credit cards. Reservation can be done via email or phone. 

AEROLINEAS CHIHUAHUA AL PACIFICO, S.A. DE C.V.

  • AV. CRISTOBAL COLON #512 COL. SANTO NIÑO CHIHUAHUA, CHIH. MEXICO C.P. 31320
  • TELEFONO: 011-52-614-414-8803
  • CEL:  011-521-614 488-0665
  • faustoral@yahoo.com.mx
  • mayragin7@hotmail.com

Urique Hotels & Contact Information

**star ratings are based on Urique lodging availability and standards

  • Hotel Canon de Urique - 2 stars | Rafael Silva | 011-52-614-456-6024 
  • Hotel Paraiso de Urique - 3 stars | Catano| 011-52-614-456-6023 
  • Hotel Figueroa - 2 stars | Fernando Figueroa | 011-52-614-456-6054 
  • Hotel/ Restaurant Barrancas de Urique - 3 stars | Elena Acosta | 011-52-614-456-6013
  • Cabanas los Mezquites - 3 stars | Jose Isidro | 011-52-614-456-6134 
  • Hotel Paraiso Escondido - 3 stars | Yolanda Ramirez | 011-52-614-456-6034 
  • Hotel Estrella del Rio - 3 stars | Jose Quintana | 011-52-614-456-6003 
  • Camping & Cabañas las Delicias - 3 stars | Jose Quintana  | 011-52-614-456-6003

Food & Beverage

Runners and travelers to the Barrancas will discover not only a beautiful natural environment, but a rich, traditional cuisine and some local specialties not to be missed! Below, you will find some general information and advice on local food and drinks so you know what to expect on your adventure. But don't just stick to this; there is plenty more to explore and discover!

WATER AND DRINKS

Unless they know they are fragile to local water, seasoned travelers should not be worried about drinking tap water in and around the canyons. Purified, bottled water is easily available in stores.

Drinks such as fruit juices and soft drinks are easily found around Urique. Some shops and restaurants will sell local beer, too. Caballo's favorite, Indio, is sold at Mama Tita's restaurant. A convenience store further down the main street offers canned Tecate, which some Mas Locos refer to as "fizzy yellow drink".

Around the time of the race, one of the town's shops offers bottled "Electrolit" brand drinks in different flavors. If this is something you would like to purchase, we suggest you do so as soon as you get in town before the supplies run out.

ABOUT FOOD

The town of Urique has a number of small, family-owned restaurants which offer mostly traditional Mexican classics such as rice plates accompanied with re-fried beans, various meats and delicious hand-patted tortillas. There are also several shops where groceries can be purchased. Since Urique is far off the beaten path, availability of items in store is subject to deliveries, which are usually done twice a week. At any given time, however, you will be able to find local staples such as rice, pasta, canned goods, eggs, local cheese and various fruits and vegetables.

VEGETARIANS AND VEGANS

Restaurants such as Mama Tita's are aware of vegetarianism and can accommodate guests who don't eat meat. It is to be noted that if you follow a very strict diet, vegan or other, you might consider cooking your own food. Furthermore, one shouldn't expect to find exotic or specialized food items in local shops. However, be assured that your hosts will do all they can to accommodate you as much as possible.

LOCAL "SPECIALTIES"

Adventurous travelers and foodies can inquire about the local Raramuri drink/beer called Tesguino, and some hardcore cactus moonshine called Lechuguilla. One specialty not to be missed is the Raramuri pinole, made from finely stone-ground maize that local runners use as fuel.


Your journey is difficult and hard. But, this is your life. May what your eyes see before you, stay in your heart always.
— Raramuri Proverb
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Itinerary


Ultra Caballo Blanco Race Itinerary

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Itinerary


Ultra Caballo Blanco Race Itinerary

*times/dates may be subject to change

*Wednesday, February 25, 2015

  • 8am- 3pm - Race Course Overview #1: Group Hike toward Mesa Naranjo *distance is optional, we will hike up about halfway, then head back. *bring your own nutrition
  • 6pm - Everyone is invited to an informal meet and greet dinner at Mama Tita's Restaurant *food and drinks not covered in race entry

Thursday, February 26, 2015

  • All Day - All runners begin to arrive in Urique
  • 8am - 4pm - Race Course Overview #2 - Hike/Run to Los Alisos and back (approx 18 miles) - Los Alisos Mas Locos Memorial tribute to Micah True *long day, bring food
  • 6pm - Group Dinner at Entre Amigos, followed by a Bonfire, Cultural ceremony, Private viewing of the movie, Run Free-The True Story of Caballo Blanco.

Friday, February 27, 2015

  • 8am - Race Course Overview #3 - OPTIONAL -  Hike/Run to Guadalupe Coronado and back to Urique (10miles) - Tour Church in Guadalupe Coronado *long day, bring food
  • 6pm - Pre-Race Runners Dinner with Raramuri  at Las Delicias Camp *a time to share a meal with the Raramuri. We will also hand out blankets to the Raramuri families who came down for the race. *not Vegetarian friendly

Saturday, February 28, 2015

  • 7am - 10am -  Corrida de los Caballitos Kids Run *All runners are encouraged to volunteer and run with the kids, over 400 children expected. 
  • 10am - 4pm - Packet Pickup at Presidencia Municipal de Urique *All runners MUST pick up their packets at this time
  • 3:30pm - Pre-Race Festival in Urique Town Square  (Announcements, Presentation of Runners, Dancing & Cultural presentation)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

  • 6am - CCUM 50 Mile Race Start *give or take a few minutes, time runs slowly in the Canyons
  • 5pm - Urique Town Square Awards Ceremony and Speeches Begin

The wind, the trees, the animals, the corn, the beer, our friends, our suffering, our dreams – only these things tell us what is most important. Everything shows itself through our experience. Corruption comes when we pay too much attention to someone else’s experience.
— Raramuri Proverb
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Gracias Amigos!


Ultra Caballo Blanco could not exist without the Korima of its many friends. Korima is the Raramuri word for sharing, or giving without expecting anything in return. Here are links to some of the many friends and supporters of the Ultra Caballo Blanco.

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Gracias Amigos!


Ultra Caballo Blanco could not exist without the Korima of its many friends. Korima is the Raramuri word for sharing, or giving without expecting anything in return. Here are links to some of the many friends and supporters of the Ultra Caballo Blanco.

Organizers


Sponsors


Supporters

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