This racer’s determined smile emanated pure joy as he rounded the corner of his 21st mile in the 47-mile Copper Canyon Ultramarathon. (Photo by Diana Molina courtesy Penn Museum)
This Saturday, the Penn Museum opens “Run! The Super-Athletes of the Sierra Madre”, an exhibition putting the spotlight on the Tarahumara people of Chihuahua, Mexico.
The natives, called “Rarámuri” (meaning “foot-runner”), are considered the world’s greatest long-distance runners. Living within the canyons of Chihuahua, Mexico, by foot is not simply a way to travel, but rather an embraced way of life.
In their homemade sandals constructed from tires, daylong races are frequent, and often exceed 100 miles.
The exhibit features contemporary color photographs captured by journalist and photographer Diana Molina, who spent nearly twenty years documenting the lives of the Rarámuri people in northern Mexico.
“Run!” also features 120-year-old Rarámuri artifacts, including custom clothing and competition gear.
Fittingly, the exhibition is presented in partnership with the Philadelphia Runner store and the Penn Relays (coming April 26-28).
“Run! The Super-Athletes of the Sierra Madre”
When: March 31–September 30
Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost: Free with museum admission
More info: www.penn.museum