World-Famous Raramuri Ultramarathoner to join San Eli 5k Saturday

The Adult and Youth United Development Association (AYUDA) of San Elizario is set to host their Activate Comunidad, Walk/Jog/Run and festival with Marathon Legend, Arnulfo Quimare, this weekend.

“Families, strollers, wagons and pets are all welcome; we’ll have free snacks for all participants, food, live music and entertainment; bring your own chair,” A.Y.U.D.A. officials shared via a news release. “Donations of new blankets, jackets, cotton fabric, beads and thread will be collected for Raramuri communities.”

Arnulfo Quimare – one of the world’s greatest runners – will be in attendance.  In addition to Mr. Quimare, Governor of the Raramuri, Rosalinda Guadalajara will be in attendance. Raramuri and local arts and crafts will be available for sale.

Once a year, the Raramuri run the Copper Canyon Ultramarathon, a 47-Mile footrace that has attracted not only the top Raramuri runners, but also the best athletes from around the world.

In 2006, Ultra legend and seven-time Western States 100 Mile champ Scott Jurek ran the Copper Canyon Ultra in 2006–and lost to Quimare, a 27-year-old Raramuri goat herder wearing hand-made sandals.

Arnulfo is featured in the best-selling book, Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall.

In 2009, he ran the Boston Marathon in huaraches and traditional garb.

The race begins at 9am at A.Y.U.D.A., located at 1325 Beverly Ann Drive in San Elizario.

Categories in all ages include 1km, 2km and 5km, with awards for the first 5 places in each category. To register for the event, those interested can call (915) 851-0272.