The Barkley Marathons - 100 Mile Run

And 60 Mile Fun Run
Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee

2010 Barkley video by andrewmdunlap (10:38).

Barkley Chicken (video)

Barkley flyover

Humility awaits.

The runners climb 1500 ft. in the first mile up Bird Mountain, the first of many big hills on the first loop of the 2001 Barkley.

Descending the north side of Bird Mountain, the trail isn't so nice any more. In fact, it hasn't been maintained for 50 years.

Debra Moore tears a page out of Book 1, A Time to Die. You have to retrieve a page out of all 9 books to verify that you completed the 20 mile loop.

The North Boundary Trail has many blowdowns to climb over, under, and around.

Son of a Bitch Ditch, 10 feet wide and 10 feet deep.

Matt Mahoney at the Coal Ponds.

Climbing to the Garden Spot and Book 2.

Descending Leonard's Butt Slide. The first few hundred feet are on muddy slopes at a 45 degree angle down to book 3.

Bill Johnson starts climbing Little Hell at book 4, 1500 vertical feet in 0.6 miles at a 50% grade.

The climb usually takes about an hour.

Stu Gleman at the top of Hell. Book 5 is Southern Discomfort. (Photo courtesy of Peter Schuler).

Rat Jaw climbs 1000 feet in 1/2 mile under some powerlines and past some abandoned coal mines. The ground is covered with mats of cut-down sawbriers. In some places there is a downed powerline that can be used as a climbing rope. Otherwise you have to climb with your hands, and the thorns draw blood.

The "hump" replaced a 1/2 mile section of easy trail with this...

The Zip Line drops 1500 ft. in a mile, and can take an hour to descend because of the wretched footing in some places...

Like this. Big Hell is still to come, but I ran out of film.

How do I enter? Read the FAQ.

Frozen Ed Furtaw has written a book about the Barkley, "Tales From Out There".

The Barkley is considered one of the toughest 100 mile races in the world. It has 59,100 feet of climb (and 59,100 feet of descent), more than any other 100 mile race, more than the 33,000 ft. of climb at Hardrock, and more than the 45,000 ft. at Nolan's 14.

Since the race began in 1986, only 14 runners out of about 1000 have finished within the 60 hour cutoff. Mark Williams of the UK finished first in 1995 in 59:28. Here is his race report. In 2001, after several failed attempts, Blake Wood, 42, NM, and David Horton, 50, VA, finished together in 58:21, only to be disqualified for inadvertently leaving the course to follow a parallel route for about 200 yards. This route (on the south side of the stream instead of the north side) has slightly better footing and had been the normal route until 2000.

To give you some idea of the difficulty of this course, Blake had won the 2001 Rocky Raccoon 100 in 16:13, and the 1999 Hardrock 100 in 30:11. David Horton won Hardrock in 29:35 in 1993 and in 1991 set a course record for the Appalachian Trail, 2160 miles in 52 days.

Cave Dog (Ted Keizer) finished in 56:57 in 2003. He holds the Colorado 14er speed record, 54 14,000 ft. peaks in 10 days, 20:26. He also holds speed records in the White Mountains, Adirondacks, and Catskills. (See www.thedogteam.com). He trained for 2 weeks on the course before the race.

In 2004 Mike Tilden and Jim Nelson finished in 57:25 and 57:28, running the last loop in opposite directions as required by a rule added the year before. Both have finished Nolan's 14.

In 2008 Flyin' Brian Robinson set a course record of 55:42:27. He was the first person to hike the 3 major N-S U.S. trails in a single calendar year: Appalacian, Continental Divide, and Pacific Crest, 7400 miles in 300 days.

In 2009, Andrew Thompson finished in 57:37. In 2005 he set a speed record (since broken) for the Appalachian Trail, 2160 miles in 47 days + 13:31 (breaking Pete Palmer's record of 48 days + 20:11 in 1999, who took the record from Horton).

In 2010, Johnathan Basham finished in 59:18. He set a course record on the Colorado Trail and currently holds the course record on the Long Trail.

In 2011, Brett Maune finished in 57:13. He holds the John Muir trail speed record. Photo by Abi Meadows.

In 2012, there were 3 finishers for the first time. Brett Maune in 52:03:08 (new course record), Jared Campbell in 56:00:15, and John Fegyveresi in 59:41:21. Course adds Checkmate Hill (1300 ft in 1/2 mile). Weather was warm.

In 2013, Nick Hollon finished in 57:41 and Travis Wildeboer in 58:41. Weather was cold and wet. A new hill was added, "foolish stu", increasing the total climb to over 60,000 feet.

In 2014, Jared Campbell got his second finish in 57:50. Another new hill, Hiram's Vertical Smile, brings the total climb to 62,680 ft. Cold rain for loop 1, then clearing.

The Barkley consists of 5 20-mile loops with no aid except for water at two points. The cutoffs for the 100 mile race are 12 hours per loop. The 60 mile "fun run" has a cutoff of 40 hours, or 13:20 per loop. To prove you completed each loop, you must find 9 to 11 books (varies) at various points along the course and return a page from each book.

2014 Results

100 miles. Mar. 29, 2014. 6:46 AM start. 60 hour cutoff.

Loop 1
1 Jared Campbell UT       8:02:03
2 Bev Abbs CA             9:10:26
3 Jamil Coury AZ          9:10:30
4 Alan Abbs CA            9:10:38
5 John Fegyveresi PA      9:10:39
6 Jodi Isenor NS          9:10:40
7 Eva Pastalkova VA       9:49:40
8 Willy Syndram NC       10:09:09
9 Harald Zundell CA      10:16:57
10 Michiel Panhuysen NL  10:33:41
11 Bob Jones VA          10:44:30
12 Dale Holdaway BR      10:56:27
13 Nicki Rehn AU         11:09:31
14 Tim Dines TN          11:17:22
15 Heather Anderson WA   11:24:16
16 Jeff List MA          11:33:25
17 Brad Bishop CO        11:38:08
18 Nikolay Nachev CA     11:41:36
19 Iso Yucra BO          11:46:03
20 Doug Seaver MO        11:50:34
21 Jay Hallinan GA       11:50:53
22 Tim Waz SC            12:02:48
23 Chip Tuthill CO       12:13:19
24 Marcy Beard TX        12:39:29
25 Mike Burr MD          12:58:00
26 Billy Simpson TN      12:58:20
27 Jason Barringer GA    13:03:43
41 Starters

Loop 2
1 Campbell               17:49:57
2 Fegyveresi             23:15:25
3 Coury                  23:17:07
4 Isenor                 23:17:08
5 A Abbs                 23:20:50
6 Zundell                24:59:28
7 Pastalkova             24:59:29
24 Starters

Loop 3
1 Campbell               30:23:26
2 Isenor                 36:36:03
3 Fegyveresi             39:54:59
4 Coury                  39:55:57
5 Abbs                   39:55:59
7 Starters

Loop 4
1 Campbell               44:03:15
1 Starter

Loop 5
1 Campbell               57:53:20
1 Starter

Tethered: Report by laz. Part 1 2 3 4.

Follow #BM100 on twitter.
WBIR preview and report of Jared Campbell finish.
Article in Competitor Magazine.
Report by Jared Campbell, 57:50:20.
Report by Jodi Isenor, fun run in 36:36.
Report by John Fegyveresi, fun run in 39:54:59, 5 minutes under cutoff.
Interview by Jamil Coury, fun run in 39:55:57.
Report by Alan Abbs, fun run in 39:55:59.
Report by Marcy Beard, 2 loops in 31:13, 4.5 hours over cutoff.
Report by Nicki Rehn, 1 loop + 4 pages in 19 hours.
Report by Michiel Panhuysen (Dutch) (English), 1 loop + 4 pages in 23 hours.
Report by Nikolay Nachev, 1 loop + 3 pages.
Report by Tim Waz, 1 loop + 2 pages.
Report by Jay Hallinan, 1 loop + 1 page.
Matt Mahoney's pathetic race report, 2 pages in 11:09.
Photos by John Price in camp and Rat Jaw

2013 Results

03/30/13 through 04/01/13

Loop 1
1  Jared Campbell UT      7:31:42
2  Toshi Hozaka CA        8:24:04
3  Bev Abbs CA            8:24:22
4  Alan Abbs CA           8:24:25
5  John Fegyveresi AN     8:24:44
6  Nick Hollon AZ         8:24:41
7  Travis Wildeboer CO    8:26:26
8  Tim Englund WA         9:06:41
9  Jonathan Allen SC      9:06:43
10 Iso Yucra BV           9:13:34
11 Henry Wakley VA       10:13:22
12 Keith Knipling VA     10:23:54
13 Michiel Panhuysen ND  10:43:26
14 Tim Dines TN          10:50:35
15 Carl Asker CT         11:00:09
16 Mike Bur MD           11:03:24
17 Nicki Rehn AU         11:10:39
18 Chip Tuthill CO       11:52:31
19 Hiram Rogers TN       11:52:42
20 Jeff Ashizawa CN      11:52:43
21 Dan Fox WA            12:55:13
22 Andrew Hackett GA     12:56:50
23 Dale Holdaway BZ      13:01:59
40 Starters

Loop 2
1 Nick Hollon            19:51:19
2 Travis Wildeboer       20:19:25
3 Alan Abbs              22:08:21
4 Bev Abbs               22:08:28
5 Jared Campbell         22:53:38
21 Starters

Loop 3 
1 Nick Hollon            32:56:15
2 Travis Wildeboer       33:48:48
3 Jared Campbell         35:02:00
4 Alan Abbs              39:09:47
5 Bev Abbs               39:09:48
5 Starters

Loop 4
1 Nick Hollon            46:51:26
2 Travis Wildeboer       46:55:54
2 Starters

Loop 5
1 Nick Hollon            57:39:24
2 Travis Wildeboer       58:41:45                     

For updates follow #BM100 on twitter.

New York Times article
Report and photos by Edward Sandor
Report by Nick Hollon
Non-race report and photos by Shannon Burke.
Article in Berlin newspsper (German)
Report by Michiel Panhuysen
Report and photos by Jonathan Allen
Report by Travis Wildeboer article
Report by Nicki Rehn
Trial and Terror by Peter Fish
Article in Outside
Article in USA Today
Report by Frozen Ed Furtaw
100 Minutes per Mile by Geoffrey Baker

2012 Results

Start: Mar. 31, 2012 at 9:12 AM

                           20 mi    40 mi   60 mi    80 mi    100 miles
1 Brett Maune CA           7:41:06 17:20:09 29:01:07 40:46:40 52:03:08
2 Jared Campbell UT        7:41:07 17:20:10 29:01:08 40:47:33 56:00:16
3 John Fegyveresi Ant      9:07:25 20:01:02 32:21:01 46:26:28 59:41:21
4 Nick Hollon AZ           8:59:45 19:38:30 32:14:47
5 Alan Abbs CA             7:44:28 19:38:34 32:14:51
6 Beverly Anderson-Abbs CA 7:44:31 19:52:32 34:29:10
7 Travis Wildeboer IA      9:20:42 21:12:35 35:21:48
8 Rob Youngren AL          9:47:42 23:13:59 35:36:29
9 Tim Englund WA           9:07:24 21:24:33
10 Wouter Hamelinck Bel    8:23:16 24:00:30
11 Iso Yucra Bol          10:31:07 25:43:37
12 Zane Smith TN          10:31:05 25:54:20
13 Aaron Sorenson CA      10:31:08 26:14:04
14 Carl Laniak GA          9:29:20
15 Byron Backer SC         9:29:52
16 Paul Melzer CA          9:46:21
17 DeWayne Satterfield AL 10:47:39
18 William Arnold TN      11:28:13
19 Julian Jamison CA      11:49:49
20 Dusty Hardman FL       12:12:28
21 Hiram Rogers TN        12:12:30
22 Michiel Panhuysen Neth 12:12:55
23 Ed Furtaw CO           12:15:19
24 Pat Costigan MI        12:23:26
25 Tim Dines TN           12:27:25
26 Marco Cych Ger         12:27:28
27 Jason Carpenter CA     12:35:46
28 Joel Gat TX            12:35:48
29 Thierry Corbarieu Fra  12:35:55
30 Elise Harrington CO    12:40:47
31 Thomas Armbruster GA   12:40:49
32 James Adams GB         12:40:53
33 Leonard Martin TN      12:52:52

Barkley Movie trailer
Report and photos by Matt Mahoney
Photos and the runners, before and after and all photos by Goeffrey Baker Photography
Report by Brett Maune and interview in Metro Pulse
Report and photos by Jared Campbell (this is how he trains)
Report and photos by John Fegyveresi (pdf) podcast Article
Report by Robert Youngren
Photos by Wouter Hamelinck video video
Photos by Zane Smith in camp.
Report and photos by James Adams
Report by William Arnold
Report by Beverly Anderson-Abbs
Report by Nick Hollon
Report by Marco Cych (in German)
Photos by Rich Limacher
Report by Peter Fish
Report by Psyche Wimberly
Report by Michiel Panhuysen
Report by Paul Melzer
Photos by Mike Bur
Report by Joel Gat in Endurance Buzz
Report by Jason Carpenter
Article in the Oak Ridger part 2
Report by Frozen Ed Furtaw

2011 Results

The conch sounded at 12:07 AM EDT, Sat. Apr. 2, 2011. The race started one hour later. laz warned it could happen. Follow. Follow. Follow. Follow. Follow. Follow.

Weather: a thunderstorm at 4:30 AM first day with hail and lightning. Clear skies and high 30's to high 70's for loops 2-4. Loop 5 required a detour around a wildfire on Testicle Spectacle.

Start: 1:07 AM EDT, Sat. Apr 2, 2011

Loop 1 - 20 miles, cutoff 13:20
Alan Abbs CA            9:14:13
Brett Maune CA          9:14:15
Carl Laniak GA          9:14:16
Henry Wakley VA         9:18:47
Travis Wildeboer CO     9:36:59
Byron Backer SC        10:01:56
Nick Hollon AZ         10:25:46
Blake Wood NM          10:26:55
Joe Decker MD          10:31:27
Carl Asker CT          10:37:39
Joe Lea NC             10:38:18
Jon Barker GA          10:38:20
James Demer ME         10:38:21
Rob Youngren AL        10:52:35
DeWayne Satterfield AL 10:52:37
Marco Cych GR          11:29:43, quit
Jason Barringer GA     11:34:11, quit
Iso Yucra BO           11:37:19
Timothy Dines TN       11:41:16
Chip Tuthill CO        11:51:57
Bill Goodwine IN       11:52:06
Hiram Rogers TN        11:52:07
Frozen Ed Furtaw CO    12:11:02
Kent Moeller DM        12:11:09
Dale Holdaway MI       12:11:10
Paul Lefelholcz OH     12:29:20
Abi Meadows TN         12:33:42, quit
Bill Losey KY          12:37:02, quit
Mike Bur MD            12:37:13, quit
Sue Thompson MI        12:41:35
Christian Mauduit FR   13:07:50
Howie Stern            missed cutoff (15:58)
Steve Durbin           missed cutoff (17 hrs), punctured elbow
Charles Raffensburger  missed cutoff (19 hrs)
Allan Holtz            missed cutoff (19:34)
Bob Haugh              missed cutoff (20 hrs)
Joe Ninke              missed cutoff (23:31)
Cheryl Lager           missed cutoff (23:31)
Mike O'Melia           quit at book 6 (top of Rat Jaw)
Stu Gleman             first to quit (4 hrs)

Loop 2 - 40 miles, cutoff 26:40
Alan Abbs              19:24:37
Brett Maune            19:24:38
Travis Wildeboer       20:27:51
Carl Laniak            20:27:55
Blake Wood             22:43:38
Nick Hollon            23:45:57
Henry Wakely           23:49:03, quit
Byron Backer           23:49:04, quit
Jon Barker             23:56:22
Joe Lea                23:56:23
James Demer            23:56:24
Dale Holdaway          26:31:55
Joe Decker             quit at book 6 (top of Rat Jaw, 19 hrs)
DeWayne Satterfield    quit at book 6 (21:47)
Robert Youngren        quit at book 6 (21:47)
Frozen Ed Furtaw       quit at book 6 (26 hrs)
Christian Mauduit      could not find book 4 (26:38)
Iso Yucra              quit at book 3 (Stallion Mt, 18 hrs)
Timothy Dines          quit at book 3 (18 hrs)
Hiram Rogers           quit at book 3 (18 hrs)
Chip Tuthill           quit at book 3 (18 hrs)
Carl Asker             quit at book 2 (Garden Spot, 18:18)
Bill Goodwine          quit at book 1 (Phillips Creek, 16:40)
Kent Moeller           quit at book 1 (16:40)
Sue Thompson           quit at book 1 (18:20)
Paul Lefelholcz        quit at book 1 (18:20)

Loop 3 - 60 miles, cutoff 40:00 for fun run, 36:00 to continue
Brett Maune            31:51:28
Alan Abbs              34:04:46, quit
Carl Laniak            35:33:38
Travis Wildeboer       36:22:23, over cutoff for 100
Blake Wood             39:37:32, over cutoff for 100
Nick Hollon            39:39:18, over cutoff for 100
James Demer            39:39:19, over cutoff for 100
Jon Barker             39:39:20, over cutoff for 100
Joe Lea                39:39:21, over cutoff for 100
Dale Holdaway          quit within a few minutes

Loop 4 - 80 miles, cutoff 48:00
Brett Maune            43:12:00
Carl Laniak            quit at top of Rat Jaw (44:19)

Loop 5 - 100 miles, cutoff 60:00
Brett Maune            57:13:33

Completed loop times within the cutoff are official. Times in (parenthesis) are unofficial and shown for entertainment purposes only. Unofficial partial loop times are shown for when the runner returned to camp and the suffering ended, not when they actually decided to quit, which was usually several hours earlier.

Report by Brett Maune
Article in Metro Pulse
Photos by Keith Dunn
Photos by Naresh KN in camp
Report by Blake Wood, fun run.
Photos by Joe Kowalski (also on facebook)
Report by Carl Laniak 43 hour DNF.
Race director's report.
Robert Youngren's story of failure
Jason Barringer's report of complete and utter failure
Report by Charles Raffensperger, Dig deep, and then dig some more
Report by Christian Mauduit, yet another Barkley (failure) report
Article by Michiel Panhuysen (in Dutch, for a magazine for pot smokers) in English
Report by Howie Stern
Report by Allan Holtz with photos
Report by James Demer
Alan Abbs epic story of failure
Report by Paul Lefelhocz
Report by Marco Cych (in German)
Report by Frozen Ed Furtaw with photo of Johnathon Basham and Brett Maune
Radio Netherlands interview with laz and Frozen Ed (21 min)

2010 Results

Race began Mar. 27, 2010 at 7:13 AM (EDT). Official results:

loop 1 (20 miles, cutoff 13:20)
1 byron backer         8:15:28
2 carl laniac          8:24:17
3 jim nelson           8:28:27
4 jonathon basham      8:50:48
5 jason poole          8:50:49
6 andrew thompson      8:50:50
7 alan abs             8:50:51
8 charlie engle        9:27:05
9 michael popov        9:27:06
10 blake wood          9:30:51
11 dewayne satterfield 9:44:19
12 greg eason         10:44:54
13 matt kirk          10:48:35
14 bill goodwine      10:48:37
15 hiram rogers       10:48:38
16 mike dobies        10:50:47
17 ed furtaw          10:55:16
18 chip tuthill       11:39:59
19 zane smith         12:16:19
20 julian jamison     12:16:43
21 christian griffith 12:24:42
22 john lacroix       12:25:31
23 dave henn          12:47:42
24 steve durbin       12:47:43
25 wouter hammelink   12:47:54
26 elise harrington   12:47:55
27 merianne brittain  12:47:56
  
loop 2 (40 miles, cutoff 26:40)
1 jim nelson          20:29:00
2 jonathon basham     20:29:01
3 carl laniac         20:45:15
4 andrew thompson     21:05:24
5 jason poole         21:05:28
6 alan abs            21:06:08
7 blake wood          21:06:33
8 charlie engle       21:06:35
9 byron backer        21:42:19
10 michael popov      24:54:17
(18 starters) 

loop 3 (60 miles, cutoff 36:00 to continue, 40:00 for fun run)
1 jonathon basham     32:24:37
2 andrew thompson     37:16:01
3 alan abs            38:43:41
(9 starters) 

loop 4 (80 miles, cutoff 48:00)
1 jonathon basham     46:55:14

loop 5 (100 miles, cutoff 60:00)
1 jonathon basham     59:18:44

Results including partial loops
Report by Charlie Engle in Runner's World with video
Article in Runner's World
Photos and report by Matt Mahoney
Report and podcast by Jonathon Basham
Report by laz
Report and photos by Alan Abbs
Report and photos by Sherpa John Lacroix
Report and photos by Christian Griffith
Photos by Spyder (Sarah) Tynes
Photos by Ray Smith (Zane Smith's dad)
Photos and video (JB climbing Rat Jaw) by Wouter Hamelinck
Report by Carl Laniak
Report (on facebook) by Mark Swanson
Live results on twitter
Video of the bad thing by Mark Swanson
Article in the Oak Ridger
Article in Ultrafondus (in French)
Article by Leslie Jamison in Believer Magazine

More videos by Wouter Hamelinck

Weather: 30's to 60's F and sunny for loop 1, clear becoming overcast for loop 2, rain and windy, 40's on loop 3, overcast and 40's to 50's on loops 4-5.

2009 Results

Race began Apr. 4 at 10:53 AM (EDT). Unofficial results by "PCTR Ultra" on the ultra list. Loop 5 results by "Wendall".

Loop 1:
1.  Byron Backer           8:23:39
2.  Andrew Thompson        8:28:49
3.  Cark Laniak            8:28:51
4.  Jim Harris             8:36:28
5.  DeWayne Satterfield    8:36:30
6.  Mike Dobies            8:41:37
7.  Pat Costigan           8:42:40
8.  Bob Jones              8:43:30
9.  Wendell Doman          9:15:08
10. Jon Barker             9:29:35
11. Bill Losey             9:31:52
12. Mike Bur               9:55:13
13. Mark Williams          9:58:39
14. Chip Tuthill          10:09:54
15. Hiram Rogers          10:23:53
16. Steve Durbin          10:29:30
17. Carl Asker            10:29:35
18. Ed Furtaw             10:29:37
19. Paul Melzer           11:06:55
20. John Dewalt           11:27:37
21. Allan Holtz           11:32:39
22. Leonard Martin        11:32:42
23. Danger Dave           11:33:07
24. Jason Barringer       11:33:15
25. Robert Andrulis       11:34:05
26. Joel Storrow          11:36:01
27. Kevin Dorsey          11:50:40
35 starters

Loop 2:
1.  Andrew Thompson       19:51:44
2.  Byron Backer          20:13:01
3.  Jim Harris            22:08:48
4.  DeWayne Satterfield   22:12:37
5.  Mike Dobies           23:34:95
6.  Pat Costigan          24:29:33
7.  Wendell Doman         24:45:35
8.  Chip Tuthill          25:01:53
9.  Hiram Rogers          25:12:00
10. Steve Durbin          25:19:10
11. Leonard Martin        26:37:44

Loop 3:
1.  Andrew Thompson       30:51:33
2.  DeWayne Satterfield   35:55:50
3.  Byron Backer          37:40:39

Loop 4:
1.  Andrew Thompson       44:58:12

Loop 5:
1.  Andrew Thompson       57:37:19

2009 Race Highlights

Weather was good for 4 loops, 35 to 60 F with clear skies. Andrew Thompson faced a mix of rain, snow, and sleet on loop 5. He chose to run loop 5 backwards (counterclockwise).

John DeWalt, age 71, missed the 2 loop cutoff in about 31:32.

Allan Holtz missed the 2 loop cutoff in 29:50 after getting lost on Zip Line and Chimney Top, and his shoes fell apart.

Rita Barnes finished a loop in about 14 1/2 hours, missing the cutoff.

Alan Geraldi and John Price could not find book 10 at the bottom of Zip Line in the dark on loop 1, so they went downstream out to highway 62 and got a ride back to the park to face the bugler.

Marcia Rasmussen sprained her ankle after 2 miles and dropped 10 miles later at the top of Rat Jaw.

Mike O'Melia lost his map somewhere between books 1 and 2. He hung on to other runners until the top of Testicle Spectacle before heading back to camp.

Lora Mantelman (sacrificial virgin) made it about 5 miles in 18:55 spending the night on Squire Knob.

Report by Andrew Thompson. PS.
Report (with video) by Carl Asker.
Photos by Peter M. Jolles.
Photos by Daniel Fox.
Report (with photos) by Alan Geraldi.
Report by DeWayne Satterfield.
Report by Jason Barringer.
Report by Allan Holtz.
Report by Abi Meadows.
Photos by Joe Kowalski.
Photos by Paul Melzer.
Report by Joel Storrow.
Photos by Mike Bur.

2008 Results

Mar. 29. Unofficial results for loops 1-4 posted to the ultra list by "PCTR Ultra" on Mar. 31, 2008. Weather was overcast, 40's to 60's with scattered showers and some fog. The north boundary trail had been cleared and opened for the first 5 miles, making the course possibly one hour faster per loop. The course was essentially the same as 2006 when Leonard's Butt Slide and Little Hell were replaced with Fyke's Peak, Testicle Spectacle, Danger Dave's Climbing Wall and Pig Head Trail. The Hump, removed in 2006 was added back. Total climb is 54,200 ft.
	Loop 1	
1	Brian Robinson	    7:07:43
2	Byron Backer	    8:03:15
3	Jim Nelson	    8:22:20
4	Greg Eason	    8:52:23
5	Carl Laniak	    8:52:25
6	Andrew Thompson	    8:56:35
7	Jason Poole	    9:03:09
8	Todd Holmes	    9:03:10
9	Dewayne Satterfield 9:15:15
10	Michael Graz	    9:05:15
11	Heather Graz	    9:05:16
12	Blake Wood	    9:11:52
13	Andras Low	    9:11:53
14	Joe Decker	    9:17:24
15	Jon Barker	    9:17:25
16	Wendell Doman	    9:33:00
17	Hiram Rogers	   10:33:24
18	John Tyszkiewicz   11:09:58
19	Eugene Trahern	   11:09:59
20	Ed Furtaw	   11:18:19
21	Bill Goodwine	   11:18:22
22	Andrew Hackett	   11:19:45
23	Leonard Martin	   11:19:55
24	Sue Thompson	   11:27:11
25	John DeWalt	   12:04:33
26	David Hughes	   12:17:06
27	Matt Mahoney	   12:17:06
	35 Starters	
		
		
	Loop 2	
1	Brian Robinson	   16:47:30
2	Jim Nelson	   20:00:57
3	Byron Backer	   21:53:37
4	Carl Laniak	   22:14:44
5	Greg Eason	   22:14:45
6	Andrew Thompson	   22:14:55
7	Blake Wood	   23:17:20
8	Jason Poole	   23:19:46
9	Joe Decker	   23:37:30
	23 Starters	
		
	Loop 3	
1	Brian Robinson	   29:56:49
2	Jim Nelson	   33:42:34
3	Byron Backer	   36:28:29
4	Blake Wood	   36:52:27
5	Greg Eason	   38:15:57
6	Carl Laniak	   38:15:58
7	Andrew Thompson	   38:15:59
	7 Starters	
		
	Loop 4	
1	Brian Robinson	   43:19:20
	1 Starter	

	Loop 5
1	Brian Robinson     55:42:27 (course record)

Knoxville News Sentinel article
Report by Brian Robinson (100 mile course record)
Report by Carl Laniak (3 loops)
Report by Joe Decker (2 loops)
Report by "Fatboy" Eugene Trahern with photos of course (1 1/4 loops)
Report by Steve Durban (1 loop in 17:23)
Report by Rich Limacher (half a loop)
Photos of Brian Robinson's finish
Photos by John Tyszkiewicz
Photos (in camp) by Blake Wood
Photos and video by Joe Kowalski (Brian Robinson finish)
Photos by Andrew Hackett

2007 Results

Mar. 31. Unofficial results posted to the ultra list, Apr. 2, 2007 by "PCTR Ultra". Flyin' Brian Robinson started loop 5 with 7 seconds to spare on the 48 hour cutoff, but quit at Bald Knob (85 miles). Report. Weather was warm (60's to 80's) with rain from 3AM to noon of the second day.
Loop 1
1 Brian Robinson  	 8:17:35
2 Andras Low  		 8:39:35
3 Andrew Thompson  	 8:39:48
4 Mike Dobies  		 8:40:37
5 Greg Eason  		 8:40:40
6 Jim Nelson  		 8:42:47
7 David Horton  	 8:53:12
8 Bill Losey  		 9:04:20
9 Wendell Doman  	 9:10:38
10 Dave Henn  		10:22:39
11 Art Fisher  	       	10:22:40
12 Milan Milanovich  	10:37:02
13 Mike Bur  		10:40:46
14 Pat Costigan  	10:40:55
15 Ed Furtaw  		10:48:47
16 De Wayne Satterfield 10:54:39
17 Chip Tuthill  	11:24:05
18 Sue Thompson  	11:34:49
19 John DeWalt  	11:35:10
20 Mark Shipley  	11:51:22
21 Hiram Rogers  	11:51:25
22 Leonard Martin  	12:18:07
23 David Hughes 	12:33:32
     35 Starters

Loop 2
1 Brian Robinson 	18:15:47
2 Mike Dobies  		20:32:14
3 Greg Eason  		20:32:16
4 Andras Low  		20:32:17
5 Andrew Thompson  	22:20:35
6 Jim Nelson  		22:25:20
7 Wendell Doman  	24:35:13
8 Pat Costigan  	26:31:32
    15 starters
 
Loop 3
1 Brian Robinson  	31:21:31
2 Mike Dobies  		34:16:19
3 Greg Eason  		34:16:20
4 Andras Low  		34:16:21
    5 starters (+ Costigan)

Loop 4
1 Brian Robinson 	47:49:43
    3 starters (+ Dobies, Eason)

Loop 5
no finishers.

Washington Post article, Apr. 29, 2007.

The SCREW results by laz.

Interactive panorama of Andras Low at the Garden Spot on loop 3 (Washington Post).

Korányi Balázs skewered his knee on a branch down to the bone before reaching the first book. Photo (you have been warned).

David Harper finished 1 loop over the 13:20 cutoff in 15:08 after making a wrong turn on the firetower road (going to Coffin Springs and back), then getting all pages in 12:36, but taking a nap on top of Rough Ridge (about a mile from camp), waking up and going the wrong way back to the creek. Race report, photos and videos.

Allan Holtz also finished one loop over the cutoff in 16:10 (report), followed by Steve Durbin (report) and Stu Gleman (who took the photos of Steve) in 17:31.

The Troubadour (Rich Limacher, infamous proprietor of the Limacher Hilton) made 7 out of 10 books on the first loop. Report.

Paul Melzer was hoping for maybe a fun run but also quit after 7 books on the first loop. Report and photos.

Pete Ireland (report) and John Price made 6 books in 9:20, or 12 miles and 6260 ft of climb at 46:00/mile pace, then hitchhiked back. Altogether 8 runners did not finish the first loop.

Why I failed by Joe Kowalski.

Photos by Mike Bur (campsite and first loop).

Photos by Jean Gauger (sent to me by Hiram Rogers).

Unfortunately I (Matt Mahoney) did not run it this year after 11 attempts, yet to finish loop 2 on time.

2006 Results

Apr. 1. Five miles of new section per loop, with additional climbing, resulted in the worst finish in over a decade, in spite of sunny skies. "Flying" Brian Robinson (who completed the Pacific Coast Trail, Continental Divide Trail and Appalacian Trail in a single year) and Nick Gracie were 7 minutes over the 40 hour fun run cutoff. Nobody else completed the third loop.
Loop 1 (20 miles):
1)  Jim Nelson 		UT   9:26:46
2)  Nick Gracie 	ENG  9:27:20
3)  Brian Robinson 	CA   9:29:21
4)  Todd Holmes 	CO   9:55:40
5)  Craig Wilson 	ME  10:10:08
6)  Sue Johnston 	VT  10:10:27
7)  Mike Dobies 	MI  10:14:25
8)  Greg Eason 		AR  10:32:05
9)  Mike Bur 		MD  11:47:06
10) Pat Costigan 	MI  11:47:13
11) Wendell Doman 	CA  11:56:54
12) Frozen Ed Furtaw 	CO  11:58:49
13) Bill Losey 		OH  12:03:24
14) John DeWalt 	PA  12:03:30
15) Chip Tuthill 	CT  12:17:38
16) Sue Thompson 	MI  12:17:40
17) Hiram Rogers 	    12:29:05
18) Mark Shipley 	    12:29:07
19) Scott Gala 		MI  12:29:15
20) Andrew Hackett 	GA  12:38:49
21) Elise Harrington 	CO  12:38:51
22) Leonard Martin 	TN  12:53:19
----33 starters

Loop 2 (40 miles)
1) Nick Gracie 		ENG 24:34:14
2) Brian Robinson 	CA  24:38:12
3) Craig Wilson 	ME  24:56:23
4) Greg Eason 		AR  25:06:24
5) Mike Dobies 		MI  25:17:07
----16 starters

Loop 3 (60 miles)
----4 starters

Results and report by laz
Photos and story by Matt Mahoney
Report and photos by Allan Holtz
Report by Flyin' Brian Robinson (who with Nick Gracie was 7 1/2 minutes late for a fun run finish)
So Much Blood on my Watch by the Troubador (Rich Limacher)
Report by Sue Johnston (Hardrock winner, who made 3.5 laps in 2001 but only 1 lap this year)
Report by Dan Baglione (age 75 speed record of 2 miles in 32 hours)
Newspaper story
MSN news story
Photos by Andrew Hackett (in camp)

2005 Results

Apr. 2.

Loop 1
        Name            St      Time
1       Mike Bur        MD       9:12:48
2       Jim Nelson      UT       9:16:58
3       Andrew Thompson NH       9:21:06
4       Todd Holmes     CO       9:33:54
5       Craig Wilson    ME      10:23:10
6       Mike Tilden     CA      10:59:02
7       Davy Henn               11:13:37
8       Wendell Doman   CA      11:27:55
9       Mark Dorion     TX      11:38:15
10      Chip Tuthill    CT      11:50:28
11      Kerry Trammell          11:59:39
12      Joe Kowalski    OH      12:08:21
13      John Dewalt     PA      12:09:15
14      Elise Harrington CO     12:09:51
15      Leonard Martin          12:19:00
16      Hiram Rogers            13:10:52
17      Mark Shipley            13:11:05
18      Matt Mahoney    FL      13:14:27
        33 Starters

Loop 2
1       Nelson          	21:37:07
2       Thompson                21:37:37
3       Holmes          	24:04:53
4       Bur             	24:32:23
        9 Starters

Loop 3
1       Nelson          	32:48:53
2       Thompson                32:48:57
        3 Starters

Loop 4
1       Thompson                47:26:59
        2 Starters

Loop 5
        1 Starter

Photos and report by Matt Mahoney
Report and Concepts for Success by Andrew Thompson
Report by the Troubadour, Rich Limacher
Report by Mark Dorion
Photos by Liam Douglass
Photos by Wendell Doman
Report by Dan Baglione

2004 Results

Apr. 3.

100 Mile

1) Mike Tilden (UT)     57:25:18
2) Jim Nelson (UT)      57:28:25

Fun Run (60 mi)

1) David Horton (VA)    30:57:09
2) Mike Tilden  (UT)    31:37:38
3) Jim Nelson (UT)      31:37:57
4) Andrew Thompson (NH) 36:19:21
5) Jason Poole (CO)     36:19:22
6) Todd Holmes (CO)     36:19:23
7) Craig Wilson  (ME)   36:19:24

32 starters
Unofficial split times, report, and photos by Matt Mahoney
Report by Jim Nelson (posted to Ultra list)
Report by Robert Hills (posted to Ultra list)
Report by Herb Hedgecock (posted to Ultra list)
Report by David Hughes
Report by Mike Bur (posted to Ultra list)
When Your Best Isn't Good Enough by Rich Limacher (posted to Ultra list)
Report by Janice Cahalane

2003 Results

Mar. 29-31

100 miles
Cave Dog (Ted Keizer)   56:57:52 (Course Record)

60 mile fun run
Cave Dog                32:44:59
Mike Tilden             35:04:47
Jim Nelson              35:05:16

33 starters
25 finished loop 1
14 started loop 2
3 finished loops 2 and 3
1 finihsed loops 4 and 5

The course was changed to replace 2 miles of easy, flat dirt road between Coffin Springs and Leonard's Butt Slide with a climb over Stallion Mountain, adding 400 ft. of climb per loop. Total climb is 52,900 feet.

Weather: Saturday: 40's and rain at the start. Fog and low clouds during the day. 30's and rain in the evening, turning to snow, 2-4 inches at higher elevation. Sunday: 20's and snow flurries. Monday: sunny and warmer.

Photos and story by Matt Mahoney
Photos by Harrison Shull
History Making at the Barkley and The Funderful Blizzard of Froz by Rich Limacher
Report by Cave Dog
Report by Steve Simmons
Report and Photos by Joe Kowalski
The Barkley Diet by Julie Nelson

2001 Results

There was no race in 2002.

2001 Preliminary standings, distance achieved, no finish times.

2001 Unofficial results and report by Blake Wood

Report and photos by Steve Pero, who finished the "fun run" 8 minutes under the 40 hour cutoff.

Photos by Steve Simmons.

Report by Matt Mahoney, who finished two loops in 29 hours, missing the 26:40 cutoff.

Report by Joe Prusaitis, who dropped out during the second loop when the weather started turning bad (rain and sleet in the middle of the night).

Song and dance by Rich Limacher, who tried to quit after 7 of 9 pages when it got dark, and ended up spending the night in the woods with Norm Carlson huddled under some rocks, taking 22 hours to go less than 20 miles.

Poem by Chaennnon Lyons, the designated sacrificial virgin, who retrieved 2 pages, then decided the quickest way back to camp would be to leave the park and run 30 miles around on the paved roads.

Photos by Steve Pero.

Past results and reports by Matt Mahoney

2000 Results 4.5 loop report by Blake Wood
1999 Results
1998 Results
1997 Results
1996 Results
1995 Results

Race History

The Barkley was started in 1986 as a 50 mile race, but there were no finishers until 1988. The following year, Rat Jaw was added, bringing the distance to 55 miles and 27.000 ft climb for 3 loops, with a 36 hour cutoff. A 110 mile, 6 loop course was added with a 50 hour cutoff. Nobody ever finished the 110 miler.

In 1995, the course was changed to a 20 mile loop by the addition of Zip Line and Big Hell. The fun run was lengthened to 60 miles (3 loops) with 30,000 ft of climb and a 40 hour cutoff. The 110 miler was replaced by a 5 loop, 100 mile course with 50,000 ft of climb and 60 hour cutoff. That was the year that Mark Williams finished in 59:28.

In 1996, the rules were changed so that loops 3 and 4 were run in the reverse direction, and on loop 5 you had your choice. The first person to make that choice was Blake Wood in 2000, and he chose the forward direction. However his progress was blocked at 90 miles by the New River, which had become a raging torrent after 2 days of steady, hard rain.

In 2001, the "hump" was added, bypassing 1/2 mile of easy trail with an additional 240 ft. climb along a ridge north of Mart Fields. Thus, the fun run was increased to 30,720 ft. climb, and the 100 miler increased to 51,200 ft climb. Cutoffs remained the same. Nevertheless, Blake Wood and David Horton finished the 100, this time completing loop 5 in the reverse direction.

There was no race in 2002 due to temporary closure of Frozen Head State Park. The park is now reopened.

1995 historical account by "Frozen Ed" Furtaw.

Entry Information

For entry information, contact the race director at the address from this 1995 entry form. (Note: he has since moved, but it's a small town and maybe they will forward it). Entries are limited to 35 and generally fill up that day. Of the 200 or so that didn't get in, those deemed worthy will be put on a weight list that is periodically updated as people come to their senses.

The race is held in late March or early April. The exact date will be sent with confirmation of your entry. The exact start time will be announced 1 hour before the start at the Frozen Head campground by the sound of a conch shell. You will need to write an essay on Why I should be allowed to run the Barkley. Here is my 2003 essay.

For more information (or maybe not) on how to enter, you could try reading the book.

Links

The "official" Barkley website (not maintained since 2000)
A new Barkley website may be more helpful, or maybe not.
Why I Should Be Allowed To Run The Barkley (5 minute video) by DJ Shaeter, Jan. 2007
David Horton's 1999-2000 Report and finish photos
David Biddle's 1996 report
Photos by Joe Prusaitis
Photos by Steve Simmons
Blake Wood's 1997 and 2000 report and photos

Matt Mahoney, matmahoney@yahoo.com