The Tarahumara, indigenous to northern Mexico, are world renowned ultra-long-distance runners. For centuries, they have traversed the enormous Copper Canyon and the hundreds of surrounding mountains. LightShine’s own annual “GO! Ultramarathon” is ran in the rugged heart of the Tarahumara homeland in the Sierra Madre Mountains not just to celebrate this incredible Tarahumara heritage, but also to advance God’s Kingdom in the Tarahumara Nation!
The GO! Ultramarathon is a relay race which spans approximately 41 miles, divided into six sections, beginning in the small town of Guachochi in the Sierra Madre Mountains. In many places the course is impossible to distinguish from untouched mountainous terrain. Most of the runners are from the Joshua Program, LightShine’s leadership development program for teenagers. The runners are divided into six groups, and must all complete their individual sections and work together to see the mission accomplished – the baton handed from team to team until it has traversed through the heart of the Tarahumara homeland to the finish line. The Ultramarathon symbolizes the Gospel running through the Tarahumara Nation – too big of a task by any single group, but possible by working together. Learn More