I don’t know what rock I’ve been living under (I suppose the rock I’m usually living under) but I had never heard of the book Born to Run, which chronicles the Terahumara (Raramuri) Indians in Mexico’s Copper Canyon. I guess it only came out just over a year ago, but somehow I have managed to hear about it from four separate people in the past two weeks, so I would take that as a sign to read it. The book is about their sheer ability to run and run and run, for miles on end. Running is a way of life, and they’re able to go for long distances without rest or injury.
But in addition to reading it, there’s a new exhibit that just opened up in Philadelphia (and we’ve been looking for a reason to make this a day trip with the diplo-family in tow). Diana Molina, a photojournalist from Texas, been down to visit the Raramuri and document their way of life for over two decades, at times even living with them. The exhibit, at the Penn Museum until September, features the photos most related to the running aspects of their culture but my understanding is that there will be traditional artifacts, clothing and the unique sandals made of rubber tire they wear to protect their feet.
This pretty much is making me feel like there is no excuse for me not to go running this weekend.
All photos by Diana Molina.