America's only certified Skyrace course. Race Beast of Big Creek on Mt. Ellinor in Hoodsport, WA on Aug 3rd, 2024.

America's only certified Skyrace course. Race Beast of Big Creek on Mt. Ellinor in Hoodsport, WA on Aug 3rd, 2024.

Despite the race’s purposeful obscure rules to enter John Kelly lays out a pretty good overview of how one gets into Barkley without stepping over the line and taking away from the mystery which is part of what creates the magic of this event.

This post contains all of the facts and opinions I have on how people are selected for the Barkley Marathons. I have zero influence or involvement in this process. No matter how clever or unique someone thinks their question is, if the answer isn’t here then I do not know. There is nothing more I can add.

Over the next couple of months, on some unknown date this crazy and amazing idea of a race will happen again at Frozen Head State Park in Tennessee, and somehow even though I have absolutely no interest in participating in this event, for a few days I will be glued to the obscure coverage about it on various social media channels.

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