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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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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.
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.
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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A remarkable read about an extraordinary race. If you can call it that. More a battle against nature and the designer's evil intentions.Published 11 months ago by Rob
I bought this book because Im interested in running the Barkley. My hope was to find useful info for training and I did. I also found that Frozen Ed can write a good story. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jason
How can you put the Barkley Marathons into words? It is a Barkley vet worthy challenge. Frozen Ed does a great job of putting the reader "out there" while remaining in the safety... Read morePublished on March 19, 2012 by Netizen
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... Read morePublished on February 21, 2011 by penname
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... Read morePublished on November 21, 2010 by Elly