What it takes to run the world’s hardest race that only 14 people have ever finished

The Barkley ultramarathon is a 100-mile race held at the end of every March in Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee. It consists of one 20-mile circle that racers complete a total of five times. Many consider it the most gruelling race in the world including Ed Thomas who ran the race for the first time this year. He was the 15th racer, out of 40, to complete the first circle with a time of 10:49:05, but he couldn’t find a critical course marker during the second round and was forced to pull out of the race. Regardless, Thomas’s account of the experience is nothing short of inspirational and might even motivate you to go for a run, or two.

You can learn more about the Barkley Marathons on Facebook and Twitter and see a collection of race time here.

Produced by Jessica Orwig

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