The legendary Tarahumara Indians have been running the trails of the Sierra Madre Mountains for hundreds of years and are known world-wide for their unsurpassed endurance. If you are a runner or athlete and want to test your skills along side the original ironmen of the Sierra Madres and Run with the Tarahumara, don’t miss this unique cultural opportunity for exclusive access to these renowned athletes by competing in the Korima Race. Whether a weekend warrior or a more leisurely paced runner, this tour offers a more accesible approach to Run with the Tarahumara, at whatever pace suits you and your ability. This truly fascinating and inspiring affair at 5,500 feet through the Sierra Madre Mountains unveils many of the mystic secrets of the Tarahumari (Raramuri) of the Copper Canyon.
Day 1 – Oct 11 – Hermosillo
Arrive at Hermosillo International Airport (HMO). Transportation to the hotel is provided. There is an option to travel by motorcoach from Phoenix to Hermosillo. Motorcoach transportation included.
Day 2 – Hermosillo to San Carlos
Welcome breakfast and orientation at the hotel to meet your fellow runners and running guides. Brief sightseeing in Hermosillo before departing for San Carlos. The afternoon is yours to explore the area or spend time at the hotel’s private beach club. Kick-off fiesta this evening.
Day 3 – San Carlos
1st in the series of 3 runs – 3.6 miles
This morning marks the first run of the series. The 3.6 mile run/walk will take place overlooking the Sea of Cortez – a view that National Geographic lists as one of the best in the world! A group dinner is included this evening.
Day 4 – San Carlos to El Fuerte
Transfer from San Carlos to El Fuerte in the morning with a visit to the pearl farm before we leave town. Lunch will be at a private home in the town of Navajoa. Arrive to El Fuerte around 3:30 pm. Enjoy a walking or fun run tour of town before the folkloric show and dinner at the hotel.
Day 5 – El Fuerte to Cerrocaui
Early start this morning to board the train to Cerocaui. Arrive and have lunch at the hotel. This afternoon we will visit the Cerro Gallego view point with stunning views into Urique Canyon. This is a great photo opportunity and scout of the terrain for tomorrows run. This evening we will meet with the Tarahumara runners and have an introduction to the Tarahumara culture and enjoy a traditional meal and carb load for your next run.
Day 6 – Cerrocaui to Divisadero
2nd in the series of 3 runs – 4. miles (Highest Elevation)
This morning you will have the opportunity to run alongside the famous Tarahumara runners in the Sierra Madre Mountains. This relatively untouched locale served as the inspiration for the well-known book, “Born to Run”, and was host to the marathons in which “Caballo Blanco” participated. During the afternoon you will meet again with the Tarahumara runners and their families to practice a Tarahumara tradition of KORIMA, the simple yet beautiful notion of sharing abundance with others, rather than living a life of excess. “What I have, you have”. We will share food, supplies, and running tips. After, transfer to Divisadero (Elevation 8,000 feet).
Day 7 – Divisadero
3rd in the series of 3 runs – 5.5 miles
This morning, run along the canyon rim hitting several iconic viewpoints. After completing the last leg of your half marathon, you will have the opportunity to visit the new Copper Canyon Adventure Park. Activities include: Zip across the canyon on the ZipRider – the longest zip line in the world, or play it safe and descend into the canyon via the new Copper Canyon Tram. (Activities are optional. Tram ride is included in package, zip line is additional).
Day 8 – Divisadero to Chihuahua
Transfer this afternoon the Historical City of Chihuahua. Stop in Mennonite Country along the way for lunch and to learn about this cultures influence and experience in Mexico. A farewell dinner and awards ceremony this evening.
Day 9 – Chihuahua to El Paso
Early morning breakfast at the hotel before transferring to Chihuahua International Airport (CUU) or El Paso International Airport (ELP). Option available to motorcoach back to Phoenix (1.5 Days) via El Paso. Transportation and overnight accommodations in El Paso included.