Running Events

Copper Canyons Events to Host Inaugural Endurance Races in the Heart of Tarahumara Country

13 Sep, 2019

Made famous by the book Born To Run and El Caballo Blanco, Las Barrancas del Cobre (The Copper Canyons) is the setting for a new and one-of-a-kind endurance experience taking place in October 2019. Located in Chihuahua, Mexico, the Copper Canyons offer breathtaking views, challenging run courses and a cultural experience in the heart of Tarahumara country. Registration opens today for this epic series of endurance events.

“The courses may be some of the most challenging and beautiful landscape athletes will have ever ran, however these events are so much more than just a race,” says event  co-founder Michael Miller. “There is something truly magical in these canyons and sierras. There is a wisdom, and a perspective that is gained when exposed to the peoples and the culture of the Barrancas.” Miller helps organize and has been a longtime supporter of the annual Ultra Caballo Blanco race held in the Copper Canyons.

The inaugural edition of the Copper Canyons Events will take place from October 14-21, 2019. Events include a 5-day stage race, a 100 mile ultramarathon, a marathon, and a half marathon runs. Pricing for these events is all-inclusive to make is as easy as possible for athletes to participate. Pricing packages include round-trip ground transportation from El Paso Texas, race registration fees, breakfast and dinner meals, lodging, and local transportation.

“It has always been a goal of mine since reading Born to Run to have a positive impact on the Tarahumara and the local Copper Canyons community. I am excited to get to show ahtletes the culture, the region and the ruggedness of the trails in the Canyons,” says co-founder Rob Goyen.

Participants and sponsors can learn more about the events on the website and follow their social media @coppercanyons. Participants are also encouraged to sign up early as the likelihood of selling out is very high.

“The event organizers have long desired to help create a running and cultural experience like this and we believe that the Copper Canyons events will become an endurance athlete pilgrimage like no other for years to come,” says Chris Douglas of Presidio Sports Management.

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ABOUT COPPER CANYONS EVENTS: Copper Canyons Events is a collaboration of experienced race directors, passionate endurance athletes, and community leaders that have come together to help further share the ‘Message’ that, as our Tarahumara friends say, “Kuira’ Ba’” (we are one). We accomplish this by offering events that bring together endurance athletes from around the world to share trails, cultural experiences, and community in the magical Copper Canyons of Chihuahua, Mexico. Learn more at

ABOUT PRESIDIO SPORTS MANAGEMENT: Founded in 2014, Presidio Sports Management (PSM) is an omnibus sports law, marketing and management agency focused on assisting brands, athletes, and race & event directors. Experts in providing comprehensive legal, business management, marketing and consulting services, PSM applies their market intelligence to provide the highest standards of quality and care for their clients. The agency is headquartered in Petaluma, CA with offices in Denver, CO. Learn more at


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