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#1 Becky My Darling

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 05:37 PM

My coworker, who is running a 50 mile race soon, and I were talking about some extreme ultra races and he mentioned this one.

 

Holy. Hell.

 

http://www.mattmahoney.net/barkley/

 

A few things about it:

 

-The Barkley consists of 5 20-mile loops (more like 25-26) 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 contestants camp out at the start a few days before the race. The race can start at ANY time on the race day.

- The race director blows a horn, and one hour after the horn blows the race starts. The race starts when he lights his cigarette.

- The last course had about 70,000ft of total elevation change.

- Only about 1000 people have entered it with only 14 finishing under 60 hours.

- You have to know someone who has participated in order to be able to<br/>it.

- The course is different every year and you get the new course map when you arrive at the start line.

 

 

In 2001, after several failed attempts, Blake Wood, 42, NM, and David Horton, 50, VA, finished together in 58:21, only to be disqualified for inadvertently leaving the course to follow a parallel route for about 200 yards. This route (on the south side of the stream instead of the north side) has slightly better footing and had been the normal route until 2000.

 

To give you some idea of the difficulty of this course, Blake had won the 2001 Rocky Raccoon 100 in 16:13, and the 1999 Hardrock 100 in 30:11. David Horton won Hardrock in 29:35 in 1993 and in 1991 set a course record for the Appalachian Trail, 2160 miles in 52 days.

 

 

One of the local guys here is an Ultra runner and has competed in MANY 100mile races. Here is his recap after doing the "fun run" (3 loops) of the Barkley Marathon:

 

http://youngrenepics...n-run-done.html


Edited by Beck, 10 October 2013 - 05:51 PM.

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 07:30 PM

I have similar feeling about ultra running as I do crossfit...

 

Some of the people and events look cool though.

 

 

http://youngrenepics...cycle.html#more

 

 

WHY CANT YOU DO NORMAL THINGS


Edited by ayo, 10 October 2013 - 07:36 PM.


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 08:13 PM

That's f*ing wild. Reminds me of this girl I met that did a dedication run for her father. Ran from Fairbanks to Anchorage running 18-24 miles a day in July. That was about a 360 mile adventure, she is still recovering from that.

Crazy to think people do this on a constant basis and like that to me.

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 08:56 PM

The record for the Appalachian Trail (2160 miles) is 47 days, 13 hours. That's running 45 miles per day. In. Sane.
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Posted 10 October 2013 - 10:11 PM

http://news.discover...rail-record.htm

 

 

Not sure how much actual running occurs. But impressive nonetheless. 



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 10:20 PM

True, but still. That's crazy shit.
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Posted 11 October 2013 - 07:51 AM

They turned scenic hiking into torture. Awesome hahaha .. 



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Posted 11 October 2013 - 08:15 AM

They turned scenic hiking into torture. Awesome hahaha .. 

 

Hahaha

 

The Barkley Marathon just seems like the ultimate challenge. I don't do anywhere near even 50mile runs and the Barkley one got me interested in it.


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Posted 11 October 2013 - 09:32 AM

I think even the most successful ultra runners do a variation of running and walking throughout their races. So even though you haven't done a run in that range, keep in mind you wouldn't really have to. A girl at my works husband got 3rd or 4th in an 100 mile ultra a couple weeks ago and I think he walked a third of it.

 

I'd think a guy like Scott Jurek runs the whole time, but I'm not sure.


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Posted 11 October 2013 - 09:41 AM

I think even the most successful ultra runners do a variation of running and walking throughout their races. So even though you haven't done a run in that range, keep in mind you wouldn't really have to. A girl at my works husband got 3rd or 4th in an 100 mile ultra a couple weeks ago and I think he walked a third of it.

 

I'd think a guy like Scott Jurek runs the whole time, but I'm not sure.

 

Yeah, a lot of the ultra stuff is more of just being able to finish the race (walking with some running) than anything. Especially the races that are in the mountains where it's more hiking quickly than running.

 

I wouldn't mind doing one of the hiking ones. When I hiked in the Smokies last year, we were moving pretty quick and we had 50lbs+ backpacks on. Without that much weight, I'm sure I could move pretty quickly and keep it up.

 

Edit: I don't know about 100 miles, though. More like 50.


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Posted 11 October 2013 - 09:43 AM

Most of the 50 mile races, depending on the course, are won by people averaging 7-8min per mile pace.


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Posted 11 October 2013 - 09:45 AM

yeeeesh



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Posted 11 October 2013 - 09:49 AM

Is it possible that white people are doing this just because Kenyans/Ethiopians haven't heard about it yet?

 

The clock is ticking.



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Posted 11 October 2013 - 09:50 AM

:lol:


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Posted 11 October 2013 - 09:55 AM

It is kind of the natural progression, though, that as people get older they generally progress to a longer race. Haile Gebrselassie, for example, was a 10k legend and has now moved to marathons (he's 40 and recently placed 3rd behind Mo Farah and Bekele). In all honesty, I'm sure it's just a matter of time before more international competitors get involved.

 

I think (now that I'm training every day) I am going to sign up for a 30 mile local race sometime next year.


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