Runner Lorena Ramírez Is Going The Distance

Ramírez, 24, is Tarahumara, a group of indigenous people from the deep canyons and rough mountains of Chihuahua, Mexico, known for their long-distance running talents. Traditionally, they have used running as transportation and communication between distant settlements. Decades ago, physiological tests found that when the Tarahumara run long distances, their blood pressure actually falls and their heart rate remains at a steady 130 beats per minute—all while motoring for mile after 8-minute mile. They call themselves Rarámuri, which some ethnographers translate as those who run fast” and others as the lightning- footed people.” In the past, they practiced persistence hunting, which means they ran game to death.

-Eugenia Coppel, Uncommon Path, Fall 2019

Posted: November 5, 2019

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