2023 Barkley Marathons have kicked off, Damian Hall debuts

March 14, 2023

Laz Lake blew the conch at 8:54 a.m. on Tuesday, signifying that the 2023 Barkley Marathons would start in one hour. The race in Frozen Head State Park, near Wartburg, Tenn., is considered one of the world’s hardest ultras, in which a small field of runners are given 60 hours to complete five 20-mile loops through steep and unforgiving terrain while using their orienteering skills to navigate the unmarked course. There have been no finishers since England’s John Kelly in 2017; Kelly returns for his sixth start at the Barkley Marathons. Canadian Trail Running

Endurance Sportswire has also created a great fact sheet and list of resources to keep you up to date on the event.