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Barkley Marathons update: it’s down to six

One runner remains on loop two, and he will be tapped out when he arrives back in camp

Only six runners remain in contention for a possible Fun Run (three loops in 40 hours) at the Barkley Marathons in Tennessee on Sunday afternoon, after two high-profile DNF’s. Several others remain on loop two. 

RELATED: John Kelly drops out of Barkley Marathons: “I was no longer having fun”

John Kelly, who finished the race in 2017, dropped out after two loops (and a nap) earlier today, saying he no longer felt the drive to complete the course, knowing what it would take. Last night, three-time finisher Jared Campbell dropped out after injuring his ankle on the first loop. 

The six remaining runners are Guillaume CalmettesGreig Hamilton, Karel Sabbe, Tomokazu Ihara, Johan Steene and Jamil Coury. 


Those who complete loop three and who intend to continue must start loop four by 9:23 p.m. tonight (36 hours after the race started). Anyone who completes loop three by 1:23 a.m. Monday can boast a “Fun Run” finish.

The Real Keith also tweets that only one runner remains on loop two (Hisayuki Tateno), but the cutoff has passed, and he will be tapped out when he arrives back in camp at Frozen Head. 

All of the women who started yesterday have DNF’d.

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Officially a #TBT. This was from last year’s Barkley Marathons, posing with @salomonrunning teammate @gcalmettes a day before one of the worst collective efforts by a Barkley class since 2006! The course will surely continue to get tougher each and every year and so must we. So far Barkley prep has been a bit below average but I’m still optimistic I will show up more ready than I ever have. After a solid waking up of the legs at the @hk100ultra I put in a big week of volume and vert. That followed with a quiet week of rest and recovery. Time to build again. I’m currently in my hotel room in Oak Ridge, just 30 minutes from Frozen Head listening to the splatter of rain on the window. It was a balmy 70 degrees when I stepped off the plane but of course now it’s raining and temperatures will plummet by tomorrow. The Barkley gods must know I’m near. I’ve yet to set foot on the course outside of race week, so you could say I’m taking things a bit more serious this year. Will be putting in some major miles the next few days on bits and pieces of the course. I’m anticipating an eye opening experience revealing just how much work remains to be done over the next few short weeks. Stoked to be sharing some miles with @gcalmettes tomorrow as we play in some of my favorite woods. Let’s go! #barkleymarathons #ultrarunning #trailrunning #salomonrunning #runsteepgethigh #timetoplay #winterwasteland #running

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RELATED: Robbins’ 2018 Barkley race report: “Help is not coming”

In 2018, there were no Barkley finishers. Canadian Gary Robbins (who is injured this year) was the only Fun Run finisher, and his time prevented him from attempting a fourth loop.