Last night we hosted the movie Run Free at The Little Theater here in Rochester. It was an amazing night of community where we managed to sell out the theater and bring people of all walks of life together to learn about the life and lessons of Micah True – AKA – Caballo Blanco, The White Horse.
You see, the story is about more than running. It’s about more than community. It’s about more than “saving the Tarahumara traditions”.
I think in the end it’s about your soul and why you are here. What your purpose is, what you can bring to others, and what your intentions are.
I have tried for a bit now to sort of put a recap of the event/film together and I have been unable do so in a way that portrays what the evening was really about. There were so many inspirational quotes that I couldn’t keep them straight in my head and I was just trying to keep up with the film as each one hit home. In the end there are two that struck me the most.
I don’t want anyone to do anything except come run, party, dance, eat, and hang with us. Running isn’t about making people buy stuff. Running should be free, man.
The running community has in some sense become one large corporate entity. I think Caballo was starting to resent that. He did not want sponsors, people selling stuff, “bottom lines” etc. He wanted to run with friends, and strangers who then became friends. He was simple.
At one point while out on a training run during the film the group came along a teacher in jeans, sandals and backpack on his way to work. He started running with them for no other reason than, “Hey this is the direction I am going and your company will be wonderful”. He ran for miles with them like this. Just talking and running while not in any kind of running gear at all.
Every year folks show up to his race like this. Every local finisher goes home with food for their family. Folks wearing 99 cent flip flops, boots, bare feet and sandals are all mixed in with high tech runners from the rest of the world. Then they run together. There are no “finishers” just “winners”
Y no se gana derrotando a los indefensos.
When we founded #TrailsRoc our goal was to be like this. It would serve us well to remember that. This movie was a great reminder.
The next quote that hit home for me was more about a way of life – It had nothing to do with running at all.
When the message we carry is of truth, peace, beauty, and love, we will always have the strength to find our way home, on this, our beautiful Mother Earth
I think the film probably portrays Caballo in a way that is not entirely true. Even the best among us act without the best intentions from time to time.
I am surely no different. I have made my fair share of mistakes in my handling of the people around me. The thing is though, I have been self-reflective about it. This quote makes me think about where I can be more truthful, more peaceful, more loving, and yes maybe even more beautiful.
How do we find our way home at the end of each day, and what does that home look like and then in the process of finding our way home, what does our journey look like?
You can currently rent or buy this movie online. I would say it might, if watched with open eyes and an open heart – change the way you view the world you live in. Give it a chance. I saw a theater of our community last night with smiles and laughter, sniffles and tears and an awareness of how we can become better people as they left the theater at the end of the night.
I think, once again we learn fascinating lessons from running and in loss, what it really means to live.