Caballo Blanco Found Dead in New Mexico

Sad news:

The ultramarathon runner Micah True, missing for four days, was found dead on Saturday, the police said.

True, 58, was found in the early evening in the mountainous Gila National Forest in southwest New Mexico, near the Arizona border, said Tom Bemis, incident commander with the New Mexico State Police.

Nicknamed Caballo Blanco, or White Horse, True became a celebrity after he was featured in the best-selling book “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall.

True left the Wilderness Lodge and Hot Springs, four miles from the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, on Tuesday, and did not return. The lodge owner notified the authorities Wednesday.

The police launched a search, with 15 teams combing through 200,000 acres of steep canyons and shallow rivers in the high desert. His body was found with no signs of injury, the police said. A medical examiner was en route, but because of the rugged terrain, True’s body was not likely to be retrieved until Sunday.

True had left for a 12-mile run carrying a water bottle and wearing shorts and a T-shirt. In January, True wrote on his Facebook page: “If I were to be remembered for anything at all, I would want that to be that I am/was authentic. No Mas. Run Free!”

True was the race director for the Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon, a roughly 50-mile race that drew a dedicated group of runners to northern Mexico.

Clearly I’m not an ultra-marathoner myself, but it’s evident that Caballo Blanco was the heart and soul of the ultra. And on a personal note, his commitment and passion for running is what helped me push through Couch 2 5k and keep running through the hot, hot summer… straight towards two half marathons, four 5ks, one 10k, and one 15k. See? Clearly I have a lot to thank him for.

Caballo Blanco

So, thanks for the inspiration, Caballo Blanco.

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