Ultrarunner Micah True's Body Found in New Mexico's Gila National Forest

ICTMN Staff
4/1/12

ABC News reports that searchers have found the body of ultrarunner Micah True.  Ture went missing last week after going on a 12-mile run in southwest New Mexico's Gila National Forest.

The Associated Press reported that New Mexico state police said True's body was discovered on Saturday around 6 p.m., and that his cause of death was still unknown.

Incident commander Tom Bemis told the Boulder Daily Camera that there were "no obvious signs of trauma," while a representative fromt he office of the state police said the cause of death would most likely not be determined until Monday.

Indian Country Media Network reported on True's famous ultramarathon that he directed through Copper Canyon, a remote, harsh landscape in the state of Chihuahua in Mexico.  The area is home to the Tarahumara Indians, also known as the Rarámuri, who are legendary for their incredible ability at long-distance running, made famous (as was True) in Christopher McDougall's 2009 book Born to Run. True was depicted as the extreme runner Caballo Blanco in that famous work. True told the Running Times that the Copper Canyon Ultramarathon was a great way to help the Rarámuri:

“[The Race] is an opportunity to help the Rarámuri help themselves. It’s about the old traditions of farming and the old traditions of running and for them to know that people respect those things. … Using our race as the main stage–with smaller races among the villages on a regular basis, with prizes of cash and corn, to encourage the young ones to run, and others to run again, to remember and re-realize what a good and positive thing it is.”

Efforts to find True, after he disappeared on March 27, were launched this past Wednesday.  ABC News reports that he had spent the night at the Wilderness Lodge in Gila Hot Springs, New Mexico, and went running Tuesday morning "wearing shorts, a T-shirt and hat and carrying one water bottle," according to Jane Bruemmer, the lodge's co-owner.

"He goes for a run every day, so it's not unusual," she told ABCNews.com Saturday. "We just don't think he had much with him, since he was planning on coming home. We're perplexed."

True never returned from his run on Tuesday, and a worried Bruemmer and her husband, Dean, called the state police Wednesday morning.  The police launched a search in the area, which can have brutal temperatures at night.

"True had left his dog at the lodge, since he would be running north along Highway 15, which dead-ends at the cliff dwellings," Bruemmer told ABC News.

Unknown to have any health issues, and clearly in good shape, Bruemmer told ABC News she suspects he might have gotten injured.

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