Is this for real? The Barkley is called a 100-mile trail race, but it is widely believed that the distance is closer to 130 miles. Either way, there are very few actual trails on the course. And those that do exist are in all likelihood going somewhere that the runner doesn’t need or doesn’t want to go.
800 people have run this bizarre race and it has only been completed 18 times. That is 2% of runners who finish this race! It is open to 40 entrants a year and requirements and times to submit an entry application are a closely guarded secret, with no details advertised publicly. Potential entrants must complete an essay on “Why I Should be Allowed to Run in the Barkley” and pay an entry fee of $1.60.
Here is one runner’s personal experience running the race. Wow.
Universe in 40 Jumps
link Want to feel small? Take a spin through this classic showing the scale of the universe in 40 images.