The Barkley Marathons
April 9, 2012 5:54 AM Subscribe
In June of 1977, James Earl Ray, assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr., escaped from Brushy Mountain State Prison in Tennessee. 54.5 hours later, he was captured, "driven and exhausted, covered with mud and sand,"
(Large PDF) just five miles away. In 1986, accomplished ultrarunner Gary Cantrell (AKA Lazarus Lake) decided to hold an ultramarathon in neighboring Frozen Head State Park. The world's toughest 100 miler
, the Barkley Marathon and Fun Run, was born. There have been 13 100-mile finishers
since that time.
In 2012, three people finished the 100 miler, and a new course record was set. Here are some before and after shots of runners
. Here are some shots of the course
and the fun
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