Ask the Tarahumara Your Running Questions

The Tarahumara Indians reside deep in the Copper Canyons of Mexico and have been hailed as ultra running gods ever since Chris McDougall wrote about their remarkable endurance in his well-known book Born to Run.

These captivating runners are known for covering distances of 50 to 100 miles per day, putting the feats of our own local elites to shame. Men, women, and children all cover mileage many of us cannot imagine.

If you could ask the Tarahumara any question, what would it be?

Filmmaker Tara Golden is determined answer your queries. She is on a mission to create a documentary that will capture the beauty of the people, the wonder of the ultra, and the realness of the Copper Canyons. "That is my main goal as an artist," she explains.

You can show your support by spreading the word on her project, making a donation, or even submitting a question of your own to these superhuman runners. "The supporters are part of the filmmaking process," Golden says. "They can follow the blog updates and can ask questions."

Golden has a fundraising goal of $17,000 and requires the support of the running community to produce this documentary. Your donation will not be processed unless full funding is reached by the deadline. Incentives and rewards include:

  • Access to a members-only Why We Run Club
  • Follow the documentary through posts and photos
  • A custom haiku based on the subject of your choice from the Sedona poetry team
  • A download of the finished film
  • A signed still shot from the film
  • A personal phone call from the director with film updates
  • A chance to collaborate with your creative input
  • Tarahumara clothing from the same fabric they wear
  • A Tarahumara handmade sheep wool rug (only one made per family each year)

Golden hopes that the Copper Canyon Ultra as well as her documentary will attract people who can benefit and support the Tarahumara's unique and inspiring running culture.

Learn more about these spectacular runners in the video below:
 

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About the Author

Vanessa Rodriguez 

Vanessa Rodriguez is the former nutrition editor for Active.com, and author of The Summit Seeker. She is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and an avid ultra-distance trail runner. Keep up with her adventures at vanessaruns.com.

Vanessa Rodriguez is the former nutrition editor for Active.com, and author of The Summit Seeker. She is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and an avid ultra-distance trail runner. Keep up with her adventures at vanessaruns.com.

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