The 2020 Barkley Marathons are canceled
As you might expect, the 2020 Barkley Marathons have been canceled. The event, which takes place in Frozen Head State Park in Tennessee, requires the fitness of endurance ultra-running, the brainpower of orienteering and the resilience of a scavenger hunt. unending. Runners must complete five 20 mile loops while collecting particular pages of 14 books hidden throughout the course. Everything is done in less than 60 hours.
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The 2020 Barkley Marathons have been canceled. # BM100
– Keith (@keithdunn) March 16, 2020
Canadian Gary Robbins has a long history with the event, including a couple who almost completed the course before the deadline. He was hoping to return for the 2020 event to finally finish the Barkley. However, as the race director himself, Robbins understands the need to postpone or cancel races. He wrote on Instagram: “For the first time in 9 years as race director, we had to postpone an event. It’s been a crazy week to say the least. I’m supposed to report a race route while typing this right now.
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Even before the race was officially canceled, runners were sharing on social media that they would not be able to attend the event due to travel bans and warnings. Karel sabbe is a European trail runner engaged in the race. He shared on Instagram on Sunday: “The uphill battle to reach the United States has become steeper than the rise of Rat Jaw. It is with pain in my heart that I will not be able to run Barkley this year. Even though I had a feeling this would be my year, it won’t happen. Take time every now and then and then focus on some really exciting new adventures. “