Entitled Gary Robbins Trains for the Barkley, the 11-minute preview for Where Dreams Go To Die looks at the North Vancouver, B.C.’s training leading up to this past April’s 100-mile ultramarathon in Tennessee. Robbins has raced the Barkley twice, making it to the fifth and final loop on both occasions. He was agonizingly close to finishing in 2017 but went off-course in the late stages at Frozen Head State Park. He arrived at the famous yellow gate six seconds past the 60-hour time cutoff.
The advanced preview went live on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. EDT and is quickly picking up momentum in terms of view count.
“After failing on the 5th and final loop of The Barkley Marathons in 2016, Gary Robbins was determined to train harder and smarter for the 2017 edition of the event,” reads the advanced preview’s description. “This included an incredibly difficult full overnight session where the goal was to reach 20,000 feet of climbing (6,100m) in around 11 hours. See how his session unfolds in this advanced preview of Where Dreams Go To Die.”
Newberry says that race director Lazarus Lake approved the clips for public viewing. The last few scenes of the preview are from the 2017 Barkley Marathons itself.
— Ethan Newberry (@TheGingerRunner) July 29, 2017
Newberry was with Robbins both in 2016 and 2017 at the Barkley Marathons. He has built one of the largest YouTube audiences within the running community thanks to his weekly show, Ginger Runner Live, and various documentaries about trail races and ultramarathons in the United States.
Robbins is currently in Colorado with Barkley Marathons three-time finisher Jared Campbell doing Nolan’s 14, 14 summits of more than 14,000 feet.