Ultrarunner Stephanie Case may be the most interesting person competing at this year’s Barkley Marathons in rural Tennessee.

Originally from Canada, Case has been living and working in places like Afghanistan and South Sudan because of her work as a human rights lawyer with the UN and NGOs. In Afghanistan, she trained by running an 800m loop around a UN compound for ultras. There, she formed an organization aimed at inspiring Afghan women to find empowerment through running.

We chat about the madness that is the Barkley Marathons, and her challenging life as a human rights lawyer and how she’s able to be a dominant ultrarunner, winning multiple events around the world, while training in less than ideal situations.

The interview was filmed onsite at the Frozen Head State Park, at about 8:30 p.m. on the eve of the race.

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