Tuesday, April 03, 2012

The Passing of Caballo Blanco (Micah True)

It was a sad story I came across recently in the form of a Christopher McDougall tweet about his friend Caballo Blanco (also known as Micah True)... "caballo had the only funeral he would have wanted: his friends spent days running in the wilderness in his honor."

The name was familiar as one of the main characters in McDougall's bestseller "Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen". I noted in my review last August that the book was one of my favorites of the year and a part of what made it so great was the both larger than life and giving people featured, with Caballo probably standing out above all the others.

After seeing the McDougall mention of Caballo passing away, I subscribed to McDougall's twitter posts and over the past few days found a couple of excellent items linked to. For the Boulder Daily Camera, Mike Sandrock wrote "Micah True lived the dream: simply, fully" and McDougall also linked to a YouTube photo montage of True. The Sandrock piece particularly struck me with the profound statement on his friend... "He was doing exactly what he wanted, not postponing life until his 'ship came in.' He was living the dream right here and now, and that is appealing simply because it is so rare."