Many people practice running to keep fit, to train, to release tension. Events such as the New York City Marathon are followed all around the world, attracting participants from every corner of the globe. Everyone knows the prodigious feats of Jesse Owens, Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt. But how many of you have heard of the superhuman abilities of the Tarahumara?
They call themselves Raramuri, “foot-runner”. These people have been living for hundreds of years in the territory of Chihuahua, in northern Mexico. They were born to run. Their endurance running skills developed because of the need to cover the distances between settlements, to hunt animals chasing them until they fall.
The first extraordinary thing is that they can run over 300 km in two days. The distance between London and Liverpool. The other amazing thing is that they do it barefoot or at the most with rudimentary huarache sandals made from tires. Everybody among the Tarahumara runs: men, women, elderly people. And in the most natural way possible: no sportswear, no super amortized shoes, no vitamin supplements. Their diet of beans and maize beer allows them to beat the best runners. Apparently, sometimes beer makes you faSter and not fatter!