The It’s legendary and has the most misleading name of all, Marathon. It’s not even close to what we mortal runners call a Marathon. It’s 100 miles through the toughest terrain and elements. Just to enter is a scavenger hunt and the race is never the same twice. Riddles, pages out of books and not even getting to know when the start will actually happen are just part of the challenge that has become The Barkley Marathons.
When I got a text message from Rhonda Avery months ago telling me she had a secret and I couldn’t tell anyone, I was intrigued. She played the guessing game for a while, dropping hints, until I was dying to know. The Barkley Marathons flashed through my head, but after watching the documentary I thought well maybe but I had her pegged for the Canadian Death Race. When the words Barkley Marathon came up on my phone, I think I was at the grocery story and I screamed out loud. I was sworn to secrecy and I take this kind of friendship requests seriously. Zipped tight, my lips were sealed.
Finally, the day came and she had posted on Facebook she was at the race and finalizing the race registration deal. Even though I knew she was going to be there, I still almost couldn’t believe it. To make things twice as exciting, our male ultra running superstar Gary Robbins was also in attendance. Two Canadians about to make history was going to make the next couple of days, nail biting for a lot of friends, family and fans. Historically 99% of the field never finish this race. Could one or both of these amazing Canadians be the the 1% that do?
I won’t give away the story here, you have to listen to the interview to get the scoop. Rhonda Avery was kind enough to join me on my podcast SisuGirls Canada and tell us the low down on what really happened out there at her first attempt at The Barkley Marathons.
PS: Check her website www.envisionsproject.com to see how you can get involved, help out or donate. I think I may be finding myself on a tandem bike this summer, fingers crossed!