In all my years as a journalist, I’ve never spent as much time on a story as the one I recently wrote for Texas Monthly. The piece is about the plight of the world’s greatest long-distance runners, the Tarahumara of northern Mexico, whose land is being stolen by drug cartels as they’re forced into ferrying drugs into the U.S.
I began reporting this two years ago — traveling to the Sierra Madre last fall and later to West Texas to meet with border lawyers there — and believe that the story says a lot about the futile drug war, the American legal system, and the struggles of an ancient people trying to hold onto their way of life in the face of incredibly dangerous forces.
It’s in the August issue of Texas Monthly (on newsstands now) and featured on its website. Tomorrow at 2 p.m. Eastern, I’ll be speaking about it on the KERA show “Think” out of Dallas.
Update: Here is an archived broadcast of the “Think” episode. The story has also been featured on Longform, Longreads, and The Sunday Long Read.