My name is Ana Medina and I work at Vivobarefoot as the Content and Service Manager. I am lucky I have been able to spend time in this remote part of my home country, to get to know the Tarahumara, or Rarámuri to use their indigenous name, which means “quick feet”. My family has been involved with the Tarahumara Foundation my whole life, fundraising to protect and support this indigenous community, now world-famous for their incredible running tradition, which sees whole families take to the canyons, running together in the simplest, most minimal sandals.
So when I was travelling there and my brother and I got friendly with our guide, we couldn’t resist, we asked him to take us for a run. We were left completely out of breath. Running over these incredible distances is their life. You see little kids, seven and four-year-olds, just take off and run huge distances to see friends and family. It’s how they move.