Big Dog’s Backyard Ultra – A Race with No End

A race with no end. Yes, that's right. That's what is the whole identity of Big Dog's Backyard Ultra or Big's Backyard Ultra held every year at Gary Cantrell or Lazarus Lake's backyard. In his home at Bell Buckle, Tennessee. The rules are simple. There is 4.16667 mile loop in Laz's backyard that all competitors [...]

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The Grand Humiliation at The Barkley Fall Classic 2019

"Hooty Hoo!" shouts Brian Young, my host for the big weekend at the Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee, as we continue to climb up Chimney Top chasing the third aid station at Tub Springs. I soon catch Brian sitting on the corner of the trail, punching his cramped quads vigorously, furious. Apparently, he's never had [...]

The Thousand Deaths on Rat Jaw

The Barkley Fall Classic It's around 2.15 pm of a much-awaited Saturday in woods of Tennessee. I'm bleeding from scratches on right leg, the toe in the right shoe is crushed, I barely have a few ounces of water left in my blue hydration pack. The last I saw any course marking was over an [...]