A look back at the life, and disappearance, of the ultrarunner known as "Caballo Blanco," who gained fame from the 2009 best-selling book Born to Run
"Ray Molina, 44, had not learned of the disappearance until Friday. He rushed to the Gila in his beat-up 1979 Mercedes with two friends, Jessica Haines and Dean Bannon. They were agreeable to joining the organized search. But by 10 on Saturday morning, they were among a handful yet to be assigned to a team.
"The hell with this, Molina concluded. He and his friends lightened their backpacks of unnecessary gear and went off on their own, simply walking a short distance down the access road, crossing the Gila River and scurrying into the nearest arroyo.
"This strategy, while not entirely random, was hardly well conceived. They were assisted only by a folded-up map and their own instincts and whims.
"They rambled and they ran and they climbed. They called out, 'Caballo!'"
PUBLISHED: May 20, 2012
LENGTH: 26 minutes (6560 words)
Quanitta Underwood suffered years of sexual abuse by her father. She's now an Olympic contender in boxing, and a public voice for other survivors:
"Underwood, of course, covets a gold medal and the fame that would come with it. 'I want to take that ride,' she says. 'I want to be a household name.'
"But beyond that, she wants to be a symbol of hope to anyone who has ever been sexually abused, though to do so requires something harder for her than a thousand hours of hitting the heavy bag. She has to talk about what happened."
PUBLISHED: Feb. 13, 2012
LENGTH: 17 minutes (4383 words)