New Mexico crews working to recover body of ultra-marathoner Micah True

Sun Apr 1, 2012 5:05pm EDT

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(Reuters) - Search crews on Sunday were bringing the body of ultra-marathon runner Micah True out from the mountainous New Mexico wilderness where he was found dead after setting off on a 12-mile run, officials said.

The process of recovering his body, which was discovered on Saturday, was slow and grueling due to the terrain in the Gila National Forest, said Tom Bemis, incident commander with the New Mexico State Police.

"They are bringing him out now. It's very rugged territory," Bemis said.

There was no further information as to the cause of True's death, he said. His body was found with no obvious signs of injury, police said.

Officials with the local medical examiner's office accompanied the search crews retrieving True's body, Bemis said.

An autopsy will be conducted, he said.

Headed out for a 12-mile run, True, 58, left the Wilderness Lodge and Hot Springs, four miles from the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, on Tuesday and did not return. He had been carrying a water bottle and was wearing shorts and a t-shirt.

He was missing for four days before searchers found his body in the high-desert wilderness near the Arizona border in southwest New Mexico.

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 served as race director for the Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon, a roughly 50-mile race that drew a dedicated group of runners to Northern Mexico.

(Reporting by Ellen Wulfhorst; Editing by Colleen Jenkins)

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EvanRavitz wrote:
Micah’s an old friend. Here’s a photo of him when we both lived in Guatemala, about 1988: He devoted his recent life -including the race in Mexico’s Copper Canyon he made happen- to the Raramuri (Tarahumara) Indians, who are now in terrible shape from the worst drought in Mexican history -which is twice as long as US history. He asks people to support them at The drought is worsened by climate change, which, like the drug war also ruining Mexico, is mostly made in the US. We used to circle gorgeous Lake Atitlan -he running, me mountain biking. He’d take off the first very steep 5 miles, I’d catch up where it was leveller, and so on. 75 miles, 10,000 vertical feet of climbing, 3 days…

Mar 31, 2012 10:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Micah, my dear friend. We’re sorry we missed you. You will always be in our hearts and our thoughts. We know you’re already running in greener pastures. We miss you and we love you. Thank you for touching our hearts, inspiring millions, helping a great people and for being true to yourself. You’ve taught us a lot. Run Free!!! ~Michael and Jessica

Mar 31, 2012 10:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
kathyrn5k wrote:
Micah…you were a true inspiration…you lived life to the fullness…now you are running free…gone but not forgotten~

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