Trailhead: The Race That Eats Its YoungUltraSignup
2023 Barkley, Good for a Girl, racism, environmental concerns, and everything we’re listening to and watching this week.
Happy Tuesday, trail friends. There is never a dull moment in this sport! As soon as we recovered from the action at Frozen Head State Park, Camille Herron put together a multi-day run to remember and set a new world record.
It was a wild year at Tennessee’s Barkley Marathons. After five years with no finishers, this year’s race saw a woman make it farther than any woman before her, and for the second time ever we had three athletes complete the course.
Ultrarunner and photographer Howie Stern has photographed the race six times and run it once, in 2011. He brings us the story of this year’s race with his incredible imagery.
Trail Lore: Barkley, Learning Moments, & Racing Culture
Two weeks ago, we were all glued to Keith Dunn’s twitter page, refreshing for updates on ultrarunning’s best-known secret. So this week, Corrine and Buzz dive into the Barkley Marathons (also see our beautiful photo piece on the race).
Corrine interviews Eric Sutliff about trail running in the South and the things he’s learned since his first ultra. You can read his piece for Like The Wind magazine about his 50K on UltraSignup News.
Then, Buzz speaks to a runner about what to do when another trail runner might need help.
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🔥 Ridiculous Run: Adidas surveyed 9,000 runners about perceptions of safety while running. Of the women surveyed, 92 percent reported feeling concerned about their safety when out on a run and 51 percent were afraid of being physically attacked.
👣 Go to Run Camp (with an Environmental Twist): Become a climate leader in your community with Footprints running. Apply by May 5th for a chance to join a group of experts—in Vermont—to create an environmental project and help fight climate change.
💪🏾 Hard but Necessary: David Goggins’s post on experiencing racism is a tough read, but a necessary discussion. “I have not only survived the hate, I have thrived in spite of it.”
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