Runner's death adds poignancy to Pa. photo exhibit
Monday, April 9, 2012
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Organizers of a photography exhibit in Philadelphia say it has taken on new poignancy after the unexpected death of one of its subjects.
The installation at the University of Pennsylvania museum is now dedicated to the memory of extreme runner Micah True. It's titled "Run! Super-Athletes of the Sierra Madre" and focuses on the long-distance running culture of the Tarahumara (tah-rah-oo-MAH'-rah) people of Mexico.
True lived among them and started an annual 47-mile ultra-marathon to call attention to their traditions. It draws runners from around the world.
True was found dead on March 31 after a run in New Mexico.
True is also a central character of the best-selling book "Born to Run." Author Christopher McDougall is speaking at the museum Wednesday. It's his first lecture since True's death.