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McConaughey to Play Caballo Blanco in ‘Born To Run’ Movie

McConaughey to Play Caballo Blanco in ‘Born To Run’ Movie

Lance Armstrong and Matthew McConaughey Running

We wrote last month that Matthew McConaughey had signed on to be in the movie adaptation of Christopher McDougall’s best-selling book, ‘Born To Run.’

Now we know that McConaughey will be playing Micah ‘Caballo Blanco’ True.  Caballo is the book’s central character that comes across often as being mysterious, eccentric, and deeply connected to the Copper Canyon.

Deb Newmyer, one of several producers of the film, told Runners World:

“As I understand, Matthew read the book and fell in love with the character,” says Newmyer. She added that they also might film on location in Copper Canyon in Mexico, but that no specifics have been set.

True is the ‘American’ connection to the Tarahumara Native Americans that live in the remote canyons of Mexico. True spent several years assimilating into their style of living and extreme running.

Micah True passed away in 2012 while running in the wilderness in New Mexico.

The movie is still in early development, and no date has yet been set for filming to start. No word yet on who will be filling out the cast around McConaughey.

Matthew McConaughey to Star in Born To Run Movie

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Lance Armstrong and Matthew McConaughey Running

Matthew McConaughey to Star in ‘Born To Run’ Movie

Lance Armstrong and Matthew McConaughey Running

Oscar winning actor Matthew McConaughey, heart throb to millions and Lance Armstrong’s former running buddy, has signed on to star in the film adaptation of Christopher McDougall’s #1 best selling book Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, And The Greatest Race The World Has Never Seen according to Deadline: Hollywood.

Born to Run Book Cover - Christopher McDougall

The adapted script is being written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, and the film is being produced by Mickey Liddell, Deb Newmyer, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

No word yet on which character McConaughey would be playing. The popular bet would likely be Caballo Blanco or Scott Jurek.

UPDATE: McConaughey to Play Caballo Blanco in ‘Born To Run’ Movie

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Sad End To The Search For Micah ‘Caballo Blanco’ True

We are very sad to report that Micah ‘Caballo Blanco’ True was found dead today. The Silver City Sun-News is reporting that Caballo was found at 6 pm on Saturday in the Gila National Forest after a 4 day search. He had gone out for a run on Tuesday and never returned. I know a lot of prayers went out for his safe return but it was not meant to be.

As most of us who’ve read Born to Run know, Caballo was a central character in the book and was the Race Director for the Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon. It was after reading about Chris McDougall’s adventures in Copper Canyon with Caballo that I began to think of running as something that could be fun and an adventure and not something that was supposed to be painful or a punishment. Caballo’s attitude about it opened my eyes to what running could/should be and I know that it affected many other runners the same way. He was and will continue to be an inspiration to runners everywhere.

Rest in peace, Caballo Blanco. You are a legend in the running world and you will be missed.









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Micah ‘Caballo Blanco’ True

Micah ‘Caballo Blanco’ True of Born To Run Fame Reported Missing

The Las Cruces Sun-News is reporting that Born To Run recluse runner Micah ‘Caballo Blanco’ True has been reported missing in the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico.

True hadn’t returned by Wednesday morning, Jane and Dan Brummer, co-owners of the Lodge, contacted state police and the search was initiated.

“The owners of the wilderness lodge where he was staying reported him missing because he didn’t come back,” said Fuller. “There was no indication of where he was going.”

Search teams from Las Cruces, Grant County and Socorro searched the area throughout Wednesday afternoon and into the night, Fuller said, and are continuing the effort today. He said that two helicopters from the NM State Police and the National Guard are coming today to assist the teams.

Blanco is the central character in Christopher McDougall’s 2009 best selling book ‘Born To Run.’  Blanco is a mysterious and reclusive character in the book who was living in Mexico at the time and close to the Tarahumara Indian tribe that is known for it’s incredible endurance running.

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Marshall Ulrich Running On Empty

‘Running On Empty’ Leaves Runner Full of Inspiration & Motivation

REVIEW: Running On Empty: An Ultramarathoner’s Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America by Marshall Ulrich (PURCHASE)

As a long-distance runner, it’s both intriguing and frustrating to read about the athletic achievements of famous ultrarunners. On the one hand, it gives you insight into the inner workings of the ultra athlete in his element, his thoughts, passions and fears. On the other hand, it makes the act of running a marathon seem puny by comparison. But that’s the toll you pay when you open the pages of books such as Dean Karnazes’ Ultramarathon Man or Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run.

I must first admit my ignorance as I had never heard of Marshall Ulrich prior to seeing this book at Barnes & Noble. Like most core runners, I was familiar with Karnazes, Scott Jurek and Josh Cox because they’re the big names that most people know. However, after the foreword, written by McDougall, I felt like a running tyro for not having erected an altar to Ulrich’s impressive athletic resume. This guy ran the Pike’s Peak marathon and the Leadville 100 back to back, which is almost logistically impossible because they happen so close to each other. He won the Badwater 135-mile ultramarathon in Death Valley several times, ran it unassisted, and is famous for running it four times in a row. He’s scaled Mount Everest, participated in adventure races all over the world and holds numerous ultra running world records.

Also, he’s almost 60.

Running on Empty is a recollection of all of his most intense feats, from mountain climbing in the Himalayas to his personal struggles with romance and fatherhood. But the centerpiece of the book, around which his life’s story gravitates, is his last great accomplishment, the transcontinental Run Across America. My first thought was that the book was going to get tedious and repetitive. How much can you talk about running from coast to coast without getting bogged down by tales of running injuries and the frustration of monotony? However, Ulrich does a great job of balancing the narrative, using particular nuanced moments to reflect on previous events in his life, athletic or otherwise. He also intersperses local, idiosyncratic stories into the mix, talking about the history of local food establishments as he runs by them or reminiscing on charities close to his heart to forget about the pains in his feet.

Even though I can’t possibly comprehend how someone can average 50-70 miles a day for 52 days, I still found myself identifying with a lot of Ulrich’s stories. It seems like those who get into running passionately don’t only do it because of a drive to improve their health, but also as a means to unearth one’s hidden qualities. Ulrich shows that long-distance running can say a lot about one’s character, ambition, strength and resilience. The fact that he ran from San Francisco to New York in his late 50’s only reinforces that fact that age shouldn’t deter people from challenging themselves in extreme ways.

I’m not quite yet an ultrarunner – the marathon is still my biggest accomplishment. But if I keep reading books like these, it won’t be long until I break the 26.2-mile barrier into what all but the most dedicated runners call “insanity.”

Daniel Solera
[Daniel’s Running Blog]


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