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Monday, April 2, 2012

Micah True

I'll be honest.  I had not heard of Micah True before today.  I was on Twitter and saw tweets on his passing so began to read a bit about him.  It's a tragic story about a great runner who never returned from a 12 mile run.

At 58, many considered Micah a legend in the distance running community. He was the subject of Christopher McDougall's best-selling book, "Born to Run," which recounted how he took up residence in the Copper Canyons of Mexico among the Tarahumara, a desert-dwelling tribe of the best ultrarunners in the world.

There's always something about ultra runners that leaves you in awe.  I mean these are people who do something that most seasoned and dedicated runners wouldn't attempt to do.  They run ultra marathons.  But, what I like about Micah's story is not so much his accomplishments, but how he inspired.  A lot of commentary I've read on articles and blogs talk of a normal guy who had a passion for running.  That's it.  He loved to run ... a lot.  And it inspired those around him.  He wasn't the fastest or perhaps the most famous.  He - like so many runners - didn't do it for either.  He was just a regular guy who liked to do extraordinary things.  It's that simple.

A great message here.

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