‘Toughest And Most Secretive’ Ultra Marathon Documented In Video

The Barkley Marathons is undeniably one of the hardest endurance events in the world. Only 14 runners have finished the 100-mile, 60-hour race in nearly 30 years.

We reported about a documentary being made about the race a few months ago. Now, a different filmmaker, Brendan Young, has completed a new 22-minute documentary that delves into the sufferfest of the Barkley 100.

“This documentary attempts to tell the story of one of the world’s most difficult and bizarre sporting events: The Barkley Marathons. This 100-mile footrace and its 60-hour time limit force athletes to run, crawl and climb an elevation gain equivalent to two treks up Mt. Everest. In nearly thirty years, only fourteen runners, out of over one thousand participants, have finished The Barkley,” Explains Young.

For people who have competed in ultra-marathons or those interested in the limits of human endurance, this video is entertaining and informative. It’s longer than most online clips at 22 minutes, so set aside some time and enjoy. —Sean McCoy

Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.