February 27, 2016
My quest to try to become a better Human has taught me many things. Hug more. Don't ignore your feelings. Keep dreaming. But in the midst of this journey, I also learned something that I think is paramount to a more peaceful mind; learn to let go.
Things change, it's in the nature of the Universe. You can't think of anything as static. People, situations, places, moments, even yourself. So instead of clinging onto everything in hope all remains the same, embrace change. Be water. Flow and adapt and enjoy the ride.
Ultra Marathon Caballo Blanco, like all things, will not always remain the same. If one sees it as an event created by one man to do some good in a wonderful, remote place, they will feel like it has ended last year. On the other hand, if one sees it as an event between cultures, a bridge between two very different worlds where people of good faith gather and create magic for the time of an epic long run, it goes on.
Caballo will not come back from his last long run to tell anyone how he feels about the whole thing, and I'm convinced that even if he could, he would simply say that it is not his place to determine what UMCB is or has to become. He would say it belongs to the people, and that as long as everybody gathers down to create peace, to run, to enjoy their bodies and their health, to celebrate freedom and community, he would be happy. And so am I.
As my backpack rests against the door, like every time over the past 4 years now, I take a moment to reflect. I find myself wishing to see my friends of the Barrancas happy, thriving, relaxed and healthy. I want to hear the roosters and the dogs, sit down in the shade with old friends and be woken by the singing doves. I want to breathe and taste the Canyons dust while my feet crunch away along the trails. I want to feel the sun sinking in my skin, reviving me from the emptiness of winter.
No matter how UMCB changes or what it becomes, as long as it will be a celebration of peace, health and friendship, I will run it.