The Ultra Maratón Caballo Blanco is conducted by the Municipality of Urique, Chihuahua, México with support from friends 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 (Caballo Blanco) who wanted to bring runners from all over the world and introduce them to the Ramamuri (Tarahumara) people and their great culture. The Ultra event brings together endurance athletes from all over the planet to run together with over 600 Raramuri athletes.
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As of 2017 there is now also a Marathon distance (42K) 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. This year we expect to modify the course a bit – improving even on what is surely one of the most scenic Marathons on the planet.
Both Ultra and Marathon 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, 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)
Also we would like to mention, while a separate event from the Ultra and Marathon, a highlight of the weekend is the UMCB kids race on Saturday (the day before race day) which features 1000 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 2019 event will be forthcoming. Also information about transportation options, accommodations and support and other logistical information will be shared – make sure to indicate your interest in any of the packages and we will be in touch. We all look forward to what is going to be an amazing event!
Remember to sign up before October 1st to save on registration! We also expect the race 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)!