Barkley Mania

From Wikipedia, the Barkley Marathons is an ultramarathon trail race held in Frozen Head State Park near Wartburg, Tennessee. Runners may elect a “fun run” of 60 miles (97 km) or the full course of 100 miles (160 km) (distances are approximate). The race is limited to a 60-hour period, and takes place in late March or early April of each year.  More people have successfully climbed Mt Everest than have finished this race.

Fitting into the ultra runner category I am intrigued by the Barkley Marathons just like most.  There is no course markings,  no aid stations, the race is written as 100 miles even but each loop is over 26 miles on average, no electronics and even how to enter the race is a mystery.  Sounds like a crazy persons dream.  For more information look up The Barkley Marathons on Netfilx.  It will change your outlook on racing.


Awesome Barkley Photo by:

#GoGaryGo is the latest hashtag.  This is following Canadian runner Gary Robbins (@gary_robbins on twitter).  I followed his training on Youtube  (link is to his channel)and followed his March 15 run of 20,465 feet of gain tracked on Strava (link is to that day).  He has a giant ginger beard and is a monster on a mission.

As of now he is on loop 4/5 and one of the last men standing.  Here is some random link that has a few stories and videos updates about the current race.  The attempt the race is something special to complete the race is near impossible.  #GoGaryGo

Be Awesome.  Inspire People.

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