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VIDEO: 2017 Barkley Marathons gets underway

See video and photos from before the Barkley Marathons as well as the famous cigarette lighting that signals the start of the trail race.

Barkley Marathons

The Barkley Marathons got underway at 1:42 a.m. early Saturday morning (April 1) after race director Gary “Lazarus Lake” Cantrell lit his cigarette. The ultramarathon is held at Frozen Head State Park in Tennessee and is considered one of the toughest trail races in the world.

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Canadian Running is at the event and will be providing updates throughout the weekend. As runners have a 12-hour time limit to complete each of the five approximately 20-mile loops, the top runners should be arriving from loop one early this afternoon. Gary Robbins is in the field and is looking to become the first Canadian finisher of the event.

Pre-race interview with Gary Robbins

Photos from day one

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