From: Runners World
Once Again, No Participants Were Able to Finish the Barkley Marathons
Six finished the Fun Run, but no one was able to conquer the course for the second year in a row
- There were no finishers for the second year in a row at the Barkley Marathons.
- Forty runners take on the course annually in what is called the one of the toughest endurance races in the world.
- Only 15 individuals have ever finished the race since it began in 1986.
This year was set be an exciting one, with a field including elites from all over the world, including Guillaume Calmettes, a previous winner of Big’s Backyard Ultra—another race created by Barkley Marathons cofounder Gary “Lazarus Lake” Cantrell—and the current Appalachian Trail through-hiking record holder Karel Sabbe of Belgium. The field even included two returning Barkley finishers in Jared Campbell—the only person to complete it three times—and John Kelly, who finished the race two years ago.