Fear. All runners have it.
We fear injury. We fear weakness. Mostly, we fear failure. And no one is immune.
This week I spoke with Annika Iltis and Tim Kane, co-directors of a new documentary about the Barkley Marathons, about “the race that eats its young”.
Friends, we don’t know what real fear is.
The Barkley Marathons is considered to be the single hardest trail race on the planet. Runners are given sixty hours (as in six-zero) to run the 100 mile race. In twenty-five years, only thirteen runners have finished.
In this video interview, Annika and Tim divulge all the gory details of this brutal race.
- What makes this race so bad that participants receive a condolence letter confirming their entry?
- Maps, compasses, and getting hopelessly lost in the mountains of eastern Tennessee.
- No, I’m serious. One runner really didn’t come back for over 30 hours, and no one went looking.
- What draws some of these runners to such a brutal race? And why do so many of them keep coming back?
- What compelled two non-runners to make a film about the hardest trail run on Earth?
One final note before the interview.
The only way to get ahold of the completed film is through their Kickstarter page. So watch this video, then go to the Barkley Movie Kickstarter page and get yourself a copy of the film. Trust me, you want this (even if just to be thankful it’s not you).
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