“The Axe of God” – Chihuahua’s Ultra-Marathon

On August 17, 2012 by MexicoToday

A truly remarkable 100 kilometer “ultra-marathon” is held each year in Chihuahua’s rugged Tarahumara country.

The small plane banked steeply for a second pass, morning sun briefly flashing through the cockpit as we leveled off, the view below impossibly green, then revealing black and granite throughgossamer cloud, as if we were the first to discover the twisting river and sheer cliffs far below. “See, it is as I told you,” exclaimed Ismael Torres, our Cessna pilot, “like God has taken a great axe and cleaved the Earth.”

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