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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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Probably will never run that race but feel very inspired to go after my own goal races now!
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.