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Barkley Fall Classic – 50km Sep 20th, 2014 0700

on september 20. 2014, starting at 07:00 edt we will hold the barkley fall classic, with an entry limit of 300 runners.... if you are one of those people who have followed the infamous barkley marathons over the years, and had this secret itch to get a taste of those trails and that experience; this is your chance. if you have been trying to enter the barkley for years, and just cannot get unlucky in the lottery; this is your chance. if you want to see some of the best scenery available in the eastern u.s., from the primordial woods of the "north boundary" where the sun never shines, to overlook views that extend to the smoky mountains to the east, and the big south fork to the west; this is your chance. the fall classic will be a little different. it is all on maintained trails and will be clearly marked. there will be aid stations... but it is still the brushy mountains. it will not be easy. the trails are many of the same trails featured in the original Barkley. the core race is roughly 31 miles (with about 20,000 feet of elevation change) runners will have opportunities to opt down and have "fun run" finishes of 9 miles, 16 miles, or 24 miles. the time limit will be the same 13:20 as a regular barkley loop. (23.3 mile cut off is (9:00 hrs) obviously... no pacers allowed. and the first prize will be a slot in the original barkley... if the winner still thinks he wants to do that 5 times in 2 and a half days! the entry will be first come-first served. announcement of the opening of registration was made to the barkley list first, so those lucky souls had first shot at it. better not delay... something bad like this doesn't come along every day. laz

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Finish #15: Travis Wildeboer, 2013, 58:41

The 60-hour day 2013 Barkley Marathons race report by Travis Wildeboer “We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We see more, and things that are more distant, than they did, not because our sight is superior or because we are taller than they, but because they raise us up, and by their […]

Finish #14: Nickademus Hollon, 2013, 57:41

The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile. -Plato

Prelude by Lazarus Lake The conditions this year were impossible, yet there were finishers. Nick Hollon, and Travis Wildeboer, each making their third attempt, made a lie of human limitation… at a price. To be at the yellow gate after a Barkley finish must be experienced to be understood. I felt like a child at […]

Finish #13: John Fegyveresi, 2012, 59:41:21

John Fegyveresi’s Race Report, 2012 Barkley Marathons “And Not to Yield” 2012 Barkley Race Report – John Fegyveresi “I did not wish to take a cabin passage, but rather to go before the mast and on the deck of the world, for there I could best see the moonlight amid the mountains. I do not […]

Finish #11: Brett Maune, 2012, 52:03:08

Back on the Horse 2012 Race Report By Brett Maune IntroductionWhen I submitted my application for the 2012 Barkley I was not planning on trying for another 5 loops. If anything, I was thinking of trying to break the 1 or 3 loop records. Then the banter on the Barkley list started which quickly got […]

Finish #10: Brett Maune, 2011, 57:13:33

Barkley: 4/5 Pure Joy 1/5 Pure Hell 2011 Race Report By Brett Maune Introduction Prior to Barkley, my only real ‘ultra’ experience to speak of was my breaking of the JohnMuir Trail (JMT) speed record in 2009—a record that had been broken repeatedly inrecent years by people calling themselves “ultra runners”. This is how I […]

Finish #9: Jonathan Basham, 2010, 59:18:44

My Barkley 100 race report: 2010 –Jonathan Basham “I know where he’s taking us. Take out your map at look at Big Fodderstack. It’s got a huge climb and it doesn’t seem as if it would add too much mileage.” I was convinced that I had just discovered the Bad Thing while standing atop the […]

Finish #8: Andrew Thompson, 2009, 57:37:19

Like water The 2009 Barkley Marathons By Andrew Thompson “And since, There’s no one else around, We let our hair grow long, And forget all we used to know. Then our skin gets thicker, From living out in the snow.” –Arcade Fire Finishing the Barkley Hundred was not at all what I expected. I didn’t […]

Finish #6: Jim Nelson, 2004, 57:28:25

Subject: My Barkley Experience From: Jim E Nelson Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2004 09:22:36 -0600 BARKLEY’S RACE REPORT JIM NELSON The following items are what I remember from the 04 Barkley’s marathons: Mike and I arrived at Frozen Head State Park about 4:00 am on Friday morning and camped out on the picnic tables near […]

Finish #4: Ted Kaiser, 2003, 56:57:52

Live The Dream Race Report by Cave Dog (Ted Kaiser) 2003 I had a great time at the Barkley. The Cumberland Mountains in Tennessee were beautiful and refreshing. The creeks were vibrant and the wildflowers were beginning to blossom. The songbirds chirped and the newts came out in the rainstorms. During the dimly lit dawn, […]