I don’t know if Jorge Drexler is a runner. That said, as he describes in the video below, he saw a natural connection between his song “Movimiento” and a particular runner from the Tarhumara. Lorena Ramírez is a Rarámuri runner who has competed in various ultramarathons, including winning the 100-kilometer race Los Cañones de Guachochi in July 2017. Said simply, for me it is amazing when anyone runs such a distance. That understood, it is more impressive that she did it faster than people who have dedicated their lives to the sport and enjoy the benefits of support teams and expensive equipment.
Yet, that is just the thing: As Drexler points out, running for Ms. Ramírez is not a sport or an exercise, but instead it is an act of culture. Drexler argues that the Tarhumara move to keep their culture alive. It is thanks to their running that they can survive in a remote place. They live in that place to distance themselves from influence and other forces that otherwise would destroy what they are. Or, as Drexler describes the impetus in the context of his music:
Para mantener viva una cultura, tenía que desplazarse. [...] Necesitaba moverse para sobrevivir.
Estamos vivos porque estamos en movimiento. [...] Yo no soy de aquí, pero tú tampoco. [...] De ningún lado todo, de todos los lados, un poco.