Running Mexico's Copper Canyon

Runners descend a steep and windy dirt road in the Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon.

Maria Juliana leads a group of Tarahumara Indians on a trail run outside the town of Urique.

Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon
(Ryan Heffernan)


Caballo Blanco (Micah True) crosses the river during the first leg of the Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon.

Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon
(Ryan Heffernan)


Tarahumara run the 51-mile ultra marathon in huaraches, sandals made of tire tread and leather straps.

Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon
(Ryan Heffernan)


A Tarahumara wearing traditional clothing runs along the road.

Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon
(Ryan Heffernan)


Foreign runners rest their legs after the punishing 51-mile race.

Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon
(Ryan Heffernan)


A panoramic view of the Copper Canyon from Bahuichivo, Mexico.

Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon
(Ryan Heffernan)


A group scouts the course two days before the race.

Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon
(Ryan Heffernan)


A Tarahumara runner rests after the race.

Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon
(Ryan Heffernan)


An Urique resident watches the race.

Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon
(Ryan Heffernan)

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