My coworker, who is running a 50 mile race soon, and I were talking about some extreme ultra races and he mentioned this one.
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:
Edited by Beck, 10 October 2013 - 05:51 PM.