Skip to comments.Body of missing ultra marathoner found in New Mexico wilderness (Micah True aka Caballo Blanco)
Posted on 04/01/2012 5:17:49 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
Searchers on Saturday found the body of renowned long-distance runner Micah True, who vanished four days earlier after heading out from a lodge for a morning run in the rugged wilderness near New Mexico's Gila National Forest.
The body was discovered in a remote area of the Gila Wilderness, state police spokesman Lt. Robert McDonald said.
The cause of death was still unknown, but there were no signs of trauma, incident commander Tom Bemis said. "It's too early to say, there was nothing obvious," he told the Boulder Daily Camera.
The 58-year-old True, whose extreme-distance running prowess is detailed in the book "Born to Run," set out on what -- for him -- would have been a routine 12-mile run Tuesday from The Wilderness Lodge and Hot Springs, where he was staying. He left his dog at the lodge and never returned. A search began the next day after.
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Heart attack? Saw a picture of him...he looked about 70
That would be my guess.
Sad news. He will be missed. He was an extraordinary man and as passionate as they come. He changed a lot of lives by getting people off their butts and liviving a healthy lifestyle. He went doing what h
e loved to do
The article describes his disappearance as “mysterious” and “mystifying.” There’s nothing mysterious, or even surprising, about the disappearance of someone who takes off alone into the desert. “Commonplace” and “expected” are the words the author was looking for.
Rest in peace.
He and “Born to Run” got me running again (barefoot style) after a 25 year hiatus due to injuries. And after almost a year of very slow progress, I am getting back to my daily runs.
Didn’t this also happen to UFC fighter Evan Tanner?
That is great. Good for you!
I have been running for a while. I just bought my first pair of zero drop shoes. He was the inspiration for them.
I was sent there after boot camp for some electronics training and this was my first time out in the desert. On a Saturday morning, I woke up early and decided that I would "walk" into town as it was such a perfect morning. I figured I'd walk out there and catch the bus back. Only, instead of walking along the road, I was going to cut across the desert.
Well as those in the desert know, everything out there looks closer than it actually is. That mountain range that you think you can reach out and touch is actually 30-50 miles away!
After 2-3 hours of walking, I started realizing that the town wasn't getting any closer and now the sun was up high and temps were approaching 100 degrees. Had no canteen either. I at least had the presence of mind to know what direction the road was in so I managed to get to the road and flag down a ride before I became too disoriented and weak to carry on. The guy who picked me up happened to be a gunnery sergeant and he chewed me out big time for being so incredibly stupid.
When he dropped me off in town, I remember sitting outside a store and drinking Gatorade after Gatorade. I threw up a couple times in between. I am convinced that I would have died out there if I didn't manage to get myself back to the main road.
WTF does that mean?
While my old joint injuries cause no problems, I have had many calf cramps and tendon problems getting used to the forefoot strike. I hear that eventually all problems go away but I am still moving forward carefully.
I am wearing Newton Sir Isaacs BTW.
Apparently, his mother's funeral is today. They were very close. Micah went missing March 27. I'm not aware of any evidence pointing to grief-stricken suicide, but I think they may be wondering about the possibility.
Sounds like he is unemployed to me.
Heart attack most likely. Happened to Jim Fixx. Runners have hearts that are rock hard. There’s little capacity for blood. That’s why long distance running is so bad for you. Any sudden jolt, scare or movement that would require a quick rush of blood can kill.
Exercise kills a lot of middle aged guys. But it isn’t politically correct to point that out.
And IIRC Fixx had a family history of heart problems and before he began running was overweight and a two pack a day smoker.
I would rather die fit that live unfit.
He was 58 according to the article.
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