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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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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,097 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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Excellent book, even for those that have no idea what the Barkley Marathons are (I was one of those, just a few short months ago). Well-written and with plenty of cold hard facts to engage the serious Barkley hopeful, plus almost unbelievable tales from "out there" to keep the blissfully uninformed totally entertained. You will not be disappointed!
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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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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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the images/photos/maps are really grainy and I can't make them out. I had a page that was printed/inserted/glued improperly thus causing me to not be able to read the content on that page. The quality of the book sucks but the message is enjoyable
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Fascinating read with loads of results on this unique race. I really liked the maps etc provided by the writer. The passion he has for the race really comes through even if he isn't a "professional" writer.
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