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31 Mar 2012 16:09

Search continues for ultrarunner Micah True in NM
Associated PressAssociated Press – 59 mins ago


SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — A search is ongoing for renowned long-distance runner Micah True, who has gone missing near the rugged wilderness of New Mexico's Gila National Forest.

Authorities say 60-year-old True, who lived in Colorado, went for a run Tuesday morning and didn't return.

True is an accomplished extreme-distance ultrarunner — taking on distances of 50 miles or more — who was featured in the bestselling book "Born to Run."

New Mexico state police have been conducting air and ground searches on foot and horseback. There's added concern because temperatures have dipped into the mid-20s on some recent nights.

Officials say the operator of the hotel where True was staying discovered him missing after going to check on his dog. He was last seen wearing running shorts and a T-shirt.
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01 Apr 2012 19:59

Sadly, he was found dead. No obvious signs of trauma.

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07 Apr 2012 05:12

krebs303 wrote:Search continues for ultrarunner Micah True in NM
Associated PressAssociated Press – 59 mins ago


SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — A search is ongoing for renowned long-distance runner Micah True, who has gone missing near the rugged wilderness of New Mexico's Gila National Forest.

Authorities say 60-year-old True, who lived in Colorado, went for a run Tuesday morning and didn't return.

True is an accomplished extreme-distance ultrarunner — taking on distances of 50 miles or more — who was featured in the bestselling book "Born to Run."

New Mexico state police have been conducting air and ground searches on foot and horseback. There's added concern because temperatures have dipped into the mid-20s on some recent nights.

Officials say the operator of the hotel where True was staying discovered him missing after going to check on his dog. He was last seen wearing running shorts and a T-shirt.


I've been out hiking in the wilderness when I come across these fools. They run too far to walk back. They're not prepared to stay out overnight, so if they lose their ability to run, they get hypothermic and they die. Absolute morons utterly dependent upon the kindness of strangers (if a stranger happens to come upon them).

At least run with a friend, preferably two. Solo wilderness running is stupid.
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07 Apr 2012 05:37

questioning ones approach to the sport is one thing. calling the deceased a moron is another. putting yourself in along as a topic is even worse
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07 Apr 2012 11:41

Being alone in a beautiful environment is sometimes the essence of the experience. I can still distinctly recall the smell of the wet grass and the look of nearby deer on one trail run, and the sight of two rattlesnakes mating on another trail run. Both times I was alone and both times the experience seemed magnified because I felt like I was one with my environment, even if it were for a short period of time. I do not think I would have had the same experience if I were with someone. I am sure people like Aaron Ralston would have similar thoughts despite losing his arm and almost dying because of hiking alone. I agree with Boeing: Micah True paid the ultimate price for his sport and, while lessons can no doubt be learned from his death, he still deserves respect and, in my opinion, admiration.
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07 Apr 2012 19:00

Boeing wrote:questioning ones approach to the sport is one thing. calling the deceased a moron is another. putting yourself in along as a topic is even worse


Solo wilderness ultra-running is selfish, stupid and irresponsible. If the deceased left loved ones, I would be surprised if they're not dealing with their own unresolved anger issues regarding his behavior.
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07 Apr 2012 19:10

elapid wrote:Being alone in a beautiful environment is sometimes the essence of the experience. I can still distinctly recall the smell of the wet grass and the look of nearby deer on one trail run, and the sight of two rattlesnakes mating on another trail run. Both times I was alone and both times the experience seemed magnified because I felt like I was one with my environment, even if it were for a short period of time. I do not think I would have had the same experience if I were with someone. I am sure people like Aaron Ralston would have similar thoughts despite losing his arm and almost dying because of hiking alone. I agree with Boeing: Micah True paid the ultimate price for his sport and, while lessons can no doubt be learned from his death, he still deserves respect and, in my opinion, admiration.


I totally understand the beauty and the joy. But it's still stupid.

Aron Ralston is a poster boy for idiocy. He wasn't just hiking, he was canyoneering solo. He didn't tell anybody where he was going. They wasted valuable time trying to figure out where the idiot went (unnecessary agony inflicted on his family) before they narrowed the search to the Canyonlands. Ralston was a fortunate idiot: (1) he lived; and (2) he's smart enough to learn from what didn't kill him.

Solo wilderness ultrarunning has very little margin for error if an unavoidable catastrophe occurs. Maybe it's a good thing for people without loved ones. For others . . . don't be stupid.

I've done moronic things in the Wilderness, and lived. I could have died (and then I would have been a dead moron).

We honor Micah True by learning from his foolish idiotic stupidity and not repeating it.
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07 Apr 2012 23:35

MarkvW wrote:I totally understand the beauty and the joy. But it's still stupid.

Aron Ralston is a poster boy for idiocy. He wasn't just hiking, he was canyoneering solo. He didn't tell anybody where he was going. They wasted valuable time trying to figure out where the idiot went (unnecessary agony inflicted on his family) before they narrowed the search to the Canyonlands. Ralston was a fortunate idiot: (1) he lived; and (2) he's smart enough to learn from what didn't kill him.

Solo wilderness ultrarunning has very little margin for error if an unavoidable catastrophe occurs. Maybe it's a good thing for people without loved ones. For others . . . don't be stupid.

I've done moronic things in the Wilderness, and lived. I could have died (and then I would have been a dead moron).

We honor Micah True by learning from his foolish idiotic stupidity and not repeating it.



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07 Apr 2012 23:42

MarkvW wrote:I totally understand the beauty and the joy. But it's still stupid.


Depending on what you are expecting, so is ice climbing alone. Back country skiing alone. Hunting alone. Swimming alone. Diving alone. Boating, rafting, kayaking, fishing or caning alone. So is driving too fast. So is riding a motorcycle or bike without a helmet. So is jaywalking. So is smoking, drugs, drinking too much, gambling, eating a poor diet. So is refusing medical care. So is standing on the top step of a ladder. On and on and on. Where do I stop?

I don't believe most people partaking in solo adventures are "relying on the kindness of strangers" anymore than anyone else. Actually, I believe most of these solo adventurers are aware that they may meet their fate in what they are doing, and do not assume that anyone will rescue them if they get into a bind. It is the life they choose to live, just as you have made a choice to not partake in such adventures in an attempt to insure a longer life.

However, I would agree though that it's a mistake to not tell anyone where you are going, especially if you have a family, as it could save your life, and it's a very easy thing to do. But I'm not so judgmental to call someone who doesn't an idiot or moron, anymore than anyone else.
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08 Apr 2012 00:58

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08 Apr 2012 01:45



It is painfully sad.
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08 Apr 2012 03:00

Went down to the canyons a couple of times with my old mtb buddies about ten years ago. It was truly life-changing to see that landscape and the people. When I began reading Born to Run a few months ago, I started to recognize one of the characters in the book from my vague memories of wandering around Creel and Batopilas. Gringos stick out like a sore thumb there, no less those who have adopted local attire and try to avoid new visitors from across the border. Caballo Blanco was one of them.
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11 Apr 2012 01:42

cool TexPat

and MarkVw I tend to agree with you about Ralston...if you are doing something like that especially at least tell someone where the hell you are going.
..and I agree about the loved ones that get left behind..that's the saddest part
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11 Apr 2012 02:30

Nice read Mike.

Thanks for the article Mewmewmew, he seemed like an amazing person.
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09 May 2012 21:49

craig walsh always with us
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10 May 2012 01:45

Thanks for the update. Sad.
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