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The Barkley Marathons: A brief timeline

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Barkley Marathons
Barkley Marathons
Photo: Michael Doyle / Canadian Running Magazine.

The Barkley Marathons is very quickly approaching now. Will we see a first Canadian finisher at this year’s event? Only time will tell. Here’s a brief history of this unique race this far: 

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First ever Barkley Marathon takes place. 50 miles, no finishers. 


Still no finishers. 


Distance increases to 55 miles and “Frozen” Ed Furtaw becomes the first official Barkley finisher.


A 110-mile route is added with a 50-hour cut-off, nobody ever finished it.


The 20-mile lap system and the 100-mile route are introduced with a 60-hour cut-off. Mark Williams becomes the first 100-mile finisher in 59:28 2001 David Horton and Blake Wood finish together in 58:21.

Barlkey Mad Laz
Photo: Matt Trappe


No race due to a temporary closure of Frozen Head National Park.


Ted Keizer sets a new record of 56:57.


Mike Tilden finishes in 57:25, closely followed by Jim Nelson in 57:28.


Brian Robinson sets a new record of 55:42.


Andrew Thompson finishes in 57:37.


Jonathan Basham finishes in 59:18.


Brett Muane finishes in 57:13.


Brett Muane sets a new course record of 52:03. He’s followed by Jared Campbell in 56:00 and John Fegyveresi in 59:41. A record year with three finishers.


Nick Hollon finishes in 57:39, followed by Travis Wildeboer in 58:41.


Jared Campbell finishes again in 57:53.


No finishers for the first time in eight years.

Robbins Barkley 2017
Photo: Matt Trappe


Jared Campbell becomes the only person to finish the race three times. He finishes in 59:32.

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Barkley Marathons
Photo: Michael Doyle / Canadian Running Magazine.

John Kelly becomes the 15th finisher of the Barkley. Gary Robbins gets lost and reaches the yellow gate six seconds after cut-off.

This story was published in 2017 and has been updated.

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