North America

Carrera de Arihueta (Mexico)

Carrera de Arihueta (Mexico)

  • Name of sport (game): Carrera de Arihueta (Rohueliami)
  • Name in native language: Carrera de Arihueta (Rohueliami)
  • Place of practice (continent, state, nation):

    Mexico. This activity is practiced by the Tarahumara ethnic group of Chihuahua. The race is authentically of Tarahumara origin, the elders say that it is as old as the ball race.

  • Description:

    Girls who are of school age practice this sport recreationally and run 4 to 8 kilometers. Adult women, experienced in the race, cover from 30 to 35 kilometers. When an event is of great importance to the group, an inter-city competition is scheduled, many people attend the event to support their team morally. It is not uncommon for people to bet. There is a wide variety of bets and it is not uncommon for people to buy blankets, pants, dresses, money, oxen, horses, goats, violins, corn and beans.

    Each team has a hoop or circle to lift with a stick, and the competition begins when the runners have figured out the route and / or laps to be done on the track. Whoever misses the goal at the end first wins. The winning team collects its prizes (bets), which are then distributed among the winners.

    Teams of 4 to 10 runners take part in the competition, and each participant must bring his own pole or stick. The team has two hoops, one is thrown and the other is reserved. The race starts when the hoop is thrown and everyone starts running. The hoop is thrown again by the runner who reaches the place where the first hoop fell and so on until it reaches the goal, it can be the whole team or just one person.

    The material of the hoop is wood, fabric and wire. The hoop measures from 12 to 15 cm in diameter. The stick is made of wood, it must be straight, about 1.10 meters long. It is straightened, set on fire to heat it, and then the tip is bent to create a hook. Then he is ready to race.

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  • Importance (for practitioners, communities etc.):

    Among the variety of sports and recreational activities practiced by the Tarahumara, the Arihueta is a manifestation; exclusive of the female sex, with profound social impact.

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