The Tarahumara spirit

Putting this name in our group, we want to make the life and natural run style of this people known, since that is what makes them excellent runners.

Who are the Tarahumaras ?

  • Tarahumara or Rarámuri means “runners on foot” or “those who run fast”. They are native Mexican people – descendants of the Aztecs.
  • They run up to 70 km a day, for communication, hunting or transportation. The way they run in sandals is described in the book “Born to Run“ from Christopher McDougall.
  • They survived all Spanish invasions in colonial times, because of theie run style.
  • They are our inspiration, because they are the plain human nature in action

… and we are their fans!

How everything started

  • In 2011, a group of 5 friends started running in Frankfurt for fun.
  • Today we are about 40 people from different countries and we participate every year in several races. A special moment in our calendar is our own run in September,“ Running for the Planet“, probably the most sustainable run in the world!
  • While the team is running, social + environmental projects are being carried out!


We run for the Planet

Imagine people from different cultures running in sustainable t-shirts, having fun and caring for the environment.
We believe that in this way, we contribute to a more humane and greener Planet. Just like the spirit of the Tarahumaras: Run for a higher purpose!

Putting into practice:

Running Shirts: Our t-shirts are compostable in a landfill, after 5 years. That’s why each of our runners should wear their t-shirt for at least 5 years

Barefoot Running Style: It reduces the risk of injury, improves the way and style of running, the body learns to move naturally (we are not born with shoes). With minimalist shoes, less material is used and therefore less waste is produced.

Projects: We have our own environment and social projects, that you can support by simply running with us.

International Friendship: We are international. People from all 5 continents are part of our group. We support intercultural dialogue and interaction.


Ana Weissbecker
Ana Weissbecker
Internal Events
Birgit Carlson
Birgit Carlson
External Events & Community Coordination
Elen Mary Machado
Elen Mary Machado
Marketing & Sponsoring

… and many other people who contribute significantly to our initiative every day!