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And fail they do. Of more than 1,000 who’ve entered, only 15 have completed the full distance in time. „It’s a good place for your ego to take a beating,“ Laz said before this year’s race, sporting a red beanie labeled „Geezer.“ His insightful quips are often followed by a cackle of delight, like the Yoda of the runner’s world.

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No GPS or phones. You rip out the page that corresponds to your bib number to prove that you reached it. You must have all the book pages in hand at the end of each loop. The books are hidden under rocks or taped to trees, usually. 60 hour cutoff. Philosophical Laz: „Being totally cheap jordan sneakers free doesn’t come without risk.“No outside assistance. No friends and family to meet you with food or socks except at the camp between loops. No hints as to the location of checkpoints or map secrets. This year’s theme, according to cackling Yoda esque Laz: „Help is cheap air jordan not coming.“ Start time TBD. A conch is blown one hour before the race starts, but that can be anywhere between midnight and noon. „The uncertainty is half the fun,“ Laz said with a chortle, „and one of the hardest things to deal with.“Entry fee is $1.60, a pair of socks (this year) and an essay. Other ultras charge hundreds of dollars, but Laz isn’t in it for the money, though he’s partial to a specific brand of dress sock.

Thousands apply every year, and only 40 are chosen. Just figuring out how to apply is a challenge: There’s no website, email or physical address posted anywhere.

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Chicken and beans, cooked over an open fire, were served as part of a potluck the evening before the race started. There is little to no alcohol, as that’s not conducive to running 100 plus miles. Runners greet each other warmly and exchange war stories of past Barkleys. It’s a rarified club to which they belong. A cake read, „Good luck, morons.“

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