"Friends recall Micah True: passionate and playful"
"When he was out on the trail running, it was like someone just rang the school bell and said, 'Recess.' It was utter playfulness," recalled Chris McDougall, a friend of True's and author of the nonfiction best-seller "Born to Run."
True's body was discovered Saturday evening in a remote part of southern New Mexico's Gila Wilderness. The search began for him days earlier after he failed to return Tuesday from a 12-mile run.
He was found near a cold stream, his legs still in the water and his water bottle next to him, about a mile southeast of the Gila Cliff Dwellings.
"Chances are I'm either running up a mountain, or I'm drinking a cerveza ..."
That message was on Micah True's answering machine. Unfortunately this time he didn't return from 'a little 12 mile' morning run.
Friends who had spent days searching in the desert took solace that he died doing what he most loved. A friend noted that Micah idea of a good funeral for him would probably have been to have his fellow distance runners spend days running the remote trails he so loved doing...
If you have not read "Born To Run" yet I highly recommend it. Micah True (as "Caballo Blanco") is a central character in a very compelling true story that would make nearly anyone want to try running again...just for the shear joy of it.