On Monday, more than 30,000 people ran the Boston Marathon.
The event is the oldest and one of the most prestigious modern-day 26.2 mile races in the world.
Among the runners were Arnulfo Quimare and Irma Chavez Cruz, members of the Tarahumara.
The Tarahumara are an indigenous people that live in northwestern Mexico, near and around the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range. The Tarahumara were one of the few indigenous tribes that not only avoided being conquered by Aztecs, but also survived Spanish colonization.
The Tarahumara are known for their long distance prowess.
In their indigenous language of Ralámuli ra’ícha, their word for Tarahumara is”Rarámuri,” which translates to “those who run fast.” Running is a way of life for the Tarahumara. They are known to run upwards of 200 miles per session and incorporate it into their hunting. The Tarahumara literally run their prey to death
This ability to run for what seems forever has been the subject of academic research. Their style of running has also caught the attention of running enthusiasts, and their style of running has proven that human beings are more than physically capable of going the distance.
Arnulfo Quimare is also kind of a legend in the running world. He was prominently featured in Christopher McDougall’s book “Born To Run,” one of the first texts to explore the Tarahumara way of life.
Even more impressive is that Quimare and Chavez Cruz ran the Boston Marathon in huaraches and traditional garb.
I mean, just look at the picture above! Those are huaraches, not high-end expensive running shoes!
In addition to their ultra-distance ways, the Tarahumara are known for running barefoot or in huaraches made out of tires or raw hide. They’re also credited for starting the barefoot running trend.
And how did our two runners do? Quimare and Chavez Cruz finished the 26.2-mile run 7,363rd and 12,083rd in their categories, respectively.
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