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The Roughest, Toughest Race in the World

Jun 09, 2014 | 103-part series
Chris Heller

The Barkley Marathons, held every year in the rugged hill country of Tennessee, pit runners against their absolute mental and physical limits. The race is five 20-mile loops, almost entirely off-trail, with a total elevation gain that more than doubles the height of Mt. Everest. In three decades, only 14 people have ever finished.

In this short documentary, filmmaker Brendan L. Young profiles a few of the athletes who were daring enough to compete this year. To learn more about the Barkley Marathons, read Leslie Jamison's superb essay at The Believer
Courtesy of Brendan Young

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