In the spirit of running I’ve created a small list of running documentaries I want to watch, and the list included this one…The Barkley Marathons. I watched this on Netflix and I have one word to describe this race: INSANE!
If you think running a full marathon is crazy, the Barkley Marathon is much worse. The Barkley Marathons is a ultramarathon trail race held in Frozen Head State Park near Wartburg, Tennessee. Runners 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. Just to give you a perspective on how many people actually finish; in 2015 there were no finishers and in 2016 only 1 person finished.
This year, the Marathon began April 1st at 1:42am and ended on Monday at 1:42 pm.
There were two runner who started loop 5, but only one winner arrived before the cutoff. John Kelly finished in 59:30:33 and Gary Robbins missed the cutoff by 6 seconds. In my eyes, he’s still a winner, not many finish the race, but Robbins did.
I applaud all those that choose to participate in this race and I bow down to those who finish. Would I ever participate in a race like this? Never. Would I go watch it? Why not.
What are some of your favorite athletic documentaries?