Barkley Marathons legend Jared Campbell was in Whistler, B.C. on the weekend for the final race of the Coast Mountain Trail Series.
The only three-time finisher of the 100-mile ultramarathon in Frozen Head State Park, Tenn. took on the 55K at the Whistler Alpine Meadows in Whistler, B.C. on Saturday. The race features 3,350m of elevation with “alpine meadows, waterfalls, wildflowers, glaciers and mountain views as far as the eye can see” on the area’s Skywalk Trail.
The Coast Mountain Trail Series is put on by Ridgeline Events, a company run by Gary Robbins, who has twice made it to loop five of the Barkley Marathons but eventually DNFed, and Geoff Langford. Ridgeline also puts on the popular Squamish 50. Robbins says he’s returning for the Barkley Marathons (which only 15 runners have finished) in 2018. Brett Maune is the only other runner aside from Campbell to have completed it more than once in the event’s history. Before that, he and Ethan Newberry of Ginger Runner fame will be doing a Canada-U.S. tour for a Barkley film entitled Where Dreams Go To Die.
Thank you @garyrobbins for an outstanding experience at the #whistleralpinemeadows55km race, it was one of the most beautiful courses I've ever run. While my broken body was not pleased with me my mind was and soul we're on cloud 9. I didn't want to leave the glacier, thankfully we got to climb up to it twice! The community is so cool too. I can't wait to come back and get up on the endless sea of peaks around here.
Campbell, who hails from Salt Lake City, Utah, finished in 7:12:18, good for 14th overall (13th among men). Mike Murphy won the 55K in 5:59:19 with Jeanelle Hazlett winning the women’s race in 7:06:21.
Campbell first completed the unmarked course, which climbs upwards of 18,500m, often more, of the Barkley Marathons in 2012 before adding two more finishes in consecutive years in 2015 and 2016. He ran with Robbins for much of the 2016 race, which must be completed within 60 hours.