“Caballo Blanco” True found dead in Gila National Forest
Micah True was found dead at about 6 p.m. Saturday in the Gila National Forest after four days of searching.
True, a renowned 58-year-old ultra-marathon runner from Boulder, Colo., who was reported as missing in the Gila Wilderness when he failed to return from a run Tuesday morning, was found by searchers near Woody’s Corral, just one mile southeast of the Gila Cliff Dwellings.
True was the race director of The Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon, a 50-plus mile extreme race that took place in Urique, Mexico and is best known as the central character “Caballo Blanco” in the New York Times best-selling non-fiction book “Born to Run,” by Christopher McDougall.
Michael Sandrock, a running columnist for the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper, said that the book turned True into a legend in Boulder running circles, but the fame never got to his head.
“He was truly authentic,” Sandrock said. “He never wanted any publicity about himself. He just did it because he loved it. For runners, when you think of Boulder, you think of him.”