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Tales From Out There: The Barkley Marathons, The World's Toughest Trail Race Paperback – February 2, 2010

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About the Author

Frozen Ed Furtaw has been running marathons or longer races since 1978, and has completed over 100 ultramarathon races. He was one of the most successful competitors in the early years of the Barkley Marathons. This earned him the nickname Frozen Ed, after the Frozen Head Mountain area in Tennessee where the Barkley Marathons are held. Now a retired engineer living in southwestern Colorado, Frozen Ed continues to pursue the seemingly impossible goal of finishing the Barkley Marathons.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145054701X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450547017
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ed Furtaw does a great job capturing the spirit of the Barkley, a race where legend blurs with reality. His year-by-year accounting of the race's history is fleshed out with firsthand stories about the people involved. He gets it right. I know because I'm one of those people.

The race must be seen to be believed, so if the stories seem fantastic, think again. And be glad you can get a taste of what's "out there" in the woods of Tennessee from the safety and comfort of your chair.
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I stood by the smokey campfire eating burned Barkley chicken just as an observer at my first Barkley 100-mile race. Also there was a reporter from a national running magazine and the infamous race director, "Lazarus." Colorful characters all. I got to meet the author, Frozen Ed Furtaw, and even hiked South Old Mac mountain to the lookout tower with two other veterans of the race.
Against that backdrop I read the new ultrarunning book, Tales from Out There. It was twice as good for having had my toe in the water. Yes, of course it rained out there. I got to stay until the last day, some 59+ hours from the start of the race to see one amazing finisher this year, "J.B.," Jonathan Basham, touch the yellow gate.
The Barkley is the race inspired in part by the escape from the nearby Brushy Face Prison in 1977 by James Earl Ray, convicted assassin of Rev. Matin Luther King, Jr. Ray only made it 5 miles in 54 hours moving hard across this unforgiving terrain. Read about the Russians' attempt, read about the Marines.
A must read for any serious student of the history of untrarunning.
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By Elly on November 21, 2010
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This is a great book if your interested in reading all about the Barkley Marathons. "Frozen" Ed goes into great detail about the history of the Barkley all the way up to the present day. He takes us through his experiences and training techniques. He disscuses all the specs and why this race is so difficult. If you had any questons about the Barkley, "Frozen" Ed answers them. He even includes his entry essays! All around great read and super interesting.
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If you want to learn more about the Barkley Marathons, this book is very informative. I was disappointed in the quality of the writing - someone else may find it easier to read. There doesn't seem to be any other book out there that provides the level of information about the Barkley Marathons - an explanation of the course and terminology unique to the Barkley; summary of each year's race; history of how the race evolved over the year. If you have seen the documentary on the race, this book will give you a deeper understanding of the race.
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By penname on February 21, 2011
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For those who are interested in true adventure and a tortured tale, this is a great book. Told by a frequent participant in one of the toughest races in the world, this book lives up to its billing.

Frozen Ed provides an overview of the event and it's history as well as year by year accounts of the Barkley Marathons. A truly critical read for anyone who aspires to participate in the event or just wonders about the make up of the men and women who try to achieve what most would consider unthinkable.
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First person narrative from somebody who has experience the race year-after-year.

He does a good job describing being "out there" lost in the woods with body pain and complete exhaustion.

The only thing I would like is make is more of a collection where he got other finishers to write segments of book describing their Barkley experience.

It makes me want to attempt the Barkley even though I would surely be humbled and destroyed.
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