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Film chronicling life of ultrarunner Micah True screening in Tahoe City

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Micah True (aka Caballo Blanco) was a Boulder, Colo., native.
Courtesy Luis Escobar. |

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The Donner Party Mountain Runners and Alpenglow Sports are partnering to present a screening of “Run Free – The True Story of Caballo Blanco” next week in Tahoe City.

Sterling Noren’s feature documentary chronicles the life of American ultrarunning legend Micah True (Caballo Blanco, aka, the White Horse) and his quest to create an ultra marathon in Mexico’s Copper Canyon to promote and preserve the Tarahumara running tradition.

True was a main character in Christopher McDougall’s best-selling book “Born to Run – A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen.”

“Micah True was a gifted athlete who ran long distances in the trails around his hometown of Boulder, Colo.,” according to a news release for the filming. “He lived simply, had very few material possessions and delivered furniture in an old pick up truck to make ends meet.”

In 1994, True ran with the Tarahumara at the Leadville 100. Following this encounter, he began traveling to Mexico each winter to live and run among the Tarahumara. Over time he was gradually accepted by them and began to understand their culture.

“Running has always been an important part of Tarahumara culture, but today, with more roads being built in the canyons, they don’t run nearly as much as they used to,” according to the news release. “In addition, they face numerous other challenges including draught, hunger and environmental devastation from mining, logging and drug cultivation.”

True wanted to give them something in return. He envisioned an ultra marathon that would take place on their own turf, with runners from around the world traveling into the deep canyons to run with the Tarahumara.

By 2012, the race had grown to over 400 participants and raised over $40,000 to provide aid to the Tarahumara.

True would die shortly after that race, of natural causes doing what he loved to do best — running alone in the wilderness.

Today, the legacy of True continues through the Ultra Marathon Caballo Blanco that takes place the first Sunday of March every year in the Copper Canyon.

“Run Free” will show at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Tahoe Art Haus and Cinema at 475 North Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at http://www.tahoearthauscinema.com.

According to Alpenglow Sports, the film studio will donate 20 percent of proceeds from the film to Norawas.org, a nonprofit supporting the Raramuri people of the Copper Canyons of Mexico.

Visit alpenglowsports.com or donnerpartymountainrunners.com to learn more.