Long time readers of my blog know my interest in The Barkley Marathons.
Actually, before I won the Hardrock Lottery, the Barkley was my goal race for 2012. Well, goal was to get selected or place high enough on the weight list to venture down to Frozen Head State Park. I had already started doing some training in November and December for it.
For those not in the know, the Barkley Marathons is a 100 mile race in Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee. Only ten runners have completed the full 100 (or so) miles.
The Barkley is considered one of the toughest 100 mile races in the world. It has 59,100 feet of climb (and 59,100 feet of descent), more than any other 100 mile race, more than the 33,000 ft. of climb at Hardrock, and more than the 45,000 ft. at Nolan’s 14.
The Barkley consists of 5 20-mile loops with no aid except for water at two points. The cutoffs for the 100 mile race are 12 hours per loop. The 60 mile “fun run” has a cutoff of 40 hours, or 13:20 per loop. To prove you completed each loop, you must find 9 to 11 books (varies) at various points along the course and return a page from each book.
The Barkley has been attracting more media attention (probably since we have so much more media in our lives) and this year, there is a Kickstarter project about a Barkley Documentary.
This has the blessing of Laz, the race director.
Go here, to check it out.
You pledge money for a Kickstarter project. If they do not collect their full amount, you do not pay them.