Ultra Caballo Blanco
Welcome International Runners!
The Ultra Maratón Caballo Blanco is conducted by the Municipality of Urique, Chihuahua, México with support from True Messages nonprofit and ‘Mas Locos’ throughout the world. The UMCB has an incredible and storied history and is considered one of Ultra Marathon Running’s must-do bucket list events. Started by Micah True (El Caballo Blanco) who wanted to bring runners from all over the world and introduce them to the Ramamuri (Tarahumara) people, their beautiful lands and their great culture. The Ultra event brings together endurance athletes from all over the planet to run together with over 600 Raramuri athletes.
As of 2017 there is now also a Marathon distance (42K), and as of 2020 a half marathon (21K) for those wanting to experience all the beauty of this cultural and running event but not quite ready for the 50 mile distance. The Caballo Blanco Marathon is still a very challenging event with climbs and what is typically a very warm day. With the new changes implemented in 2019, we have improved even further on what is surely one of the most scenic Marathons on the planet.
All event registrations include the races and attendance to the full weekend of cultural stage events, activities and gatherings in Urique. Recognizing that the logistics of getting to the event and securing accommodations can sometimes present a challenge, again this year we have arranged with local businesses to offer ‘all-inclusive’ type packages as well as help and support for getting to and from the canyon and hotel/hostel/housing once you are there for race week(end). We also have a special extended cultural experience (running camp) offer that will introduce all that is special about the Barrancas, our Raramuri friends and the local communities of Urique and Cerocahui (hikes and runs with our Raramuri friends, sweat lodge / temezcal, Raramuri teachings, eco tours, etc) For details on the agenda and pricing click the “Website” link on this page above.
Also we would like to mention, while a separate event from the Ultra and Marathon events, a highlight of the weekend is the UMCB kids race on Saturday which features 800 young athletes in short races around the town of Urique. We ask that all of our runners join in and support the kids events and help continue this wonderful running tradition with the next generation!
Stay tuned on Social Media as many more updates for this coming March 2022 event will be forthcoming. With all the Covid related challenges that have occured here in 2020-2021, the Ultra Caballo Blanco with be the event the world again comes to run together! We all look forward to what is going to be an amazing event!
We expect the races to sellout this year. While the course can accommodate many runners, even with all we are doing to increase housing options, there are limitations – so please book early (with us or locally)!
*this is a ‘Korima’ focused event started by Micah True to support the local and Raramuri communities. Your race registration helps with this greatly and we appreciate it. No refunds are provided however we can defer your entry to next year if requested before January 30th. In the event the race is cancelled by the organizers due to unforeseen circumstances, health or safety issues your registration will carry over and will be applied to the rescheduled running.
All-Inclusive Packages for 2022
*Please click the Website link above for options and details (or go to www.truemessages.org/ultra-caballo. Packages will sell out (earlier every year), early registration is recommended to ensure availability of desired options. Then return here to register for these packages.
Schedule of Events
**Times are tentative, please check back to confirm
Local time: 9:27 AM
International and National Runner packet pickup Friday 2:00-6:00
Half Marathon Saturday 6:00 AM start
Caballitos Runs Saturday 10:00 AM start
Ultra and Marathon 5:30 AM Sunday
Cultural Events Main Plaza Stage Saturday 6:00-10:00, Sunday 6:00-11:00
Awards Sunday 8:00 PM