Intro from laz
every race begins with a vision.
as a race director, we do not have the idea of simply measuring out some distance and having runners come and cover it on foot.
we have a picture on our mind of the experience the runners will have.
and there are often other, subsidiary goals we hope to achieve.
i felt like this year we came very close to getting it just right.
we wanted people to get a taste of the barkley...
a step outside the comfort zone,
and some moments of doubt.
we wanted a finish that was attainable for anyone,
but easy for no one.
looking into the faces at the 22 mile cutoff,
it felt like we had achieved that.
i admire the heart everyone who made it to that decision point,
and chose to go on.
collecting a barkley marathon is no mean achievement.
but, willingly going on to chimney top to chase the croix de barque
when you could opt to end the suffering and still get a finish
is something special.
about 1/3 of the people who had the guts to toe the line
collected the big prize.
those who came up short....
well, now you know what you have to do.
we also succeeded in raising significant funds for wartburg's young athletes.
and, i like to think that the athletes who worked the aid stations
found something inspiring in the "old people"
who faced hard challenges
and hard choices...
and made the choice to endure whatever it took to achieve their goal.
because that is what sports, and life, is all about.
we never achieve great things by setting small goals.
and success is never guaranteed;
it must be earned.
congratulations to everyone who had the courage to answer the starting cigarette.
respect to anyone who faced down the big rat, and got a finish....
and my hat is off to the special few who *EARNED* the cross.
to those who failed (even the ones who lost their nerve on the way to the starting line)...
the only thing more impressive than finishing a race like BFC
is returning from failure,
and doing what it takes to achieve success.
if it was easy, what would be the point?
thank you for sharing your great adventure with me.
the mixture of joy and pain in your faces,
as you flew past me on the homestretch
will inspire me forever.
About the Barkley Fall Classic
The Barkley Fall Classic is designed to give the runner a taste of what the Barkley Marathons is all about.
It contains all the elements; beautiful trails thru the rugged Brushy Mountains, surprising new elements to the course every year, with the course map not revealed until the night before the race, numerous hard climbs and descents (including some of the signature hills that have made the Barkley a thing of legend), and a very personal challenge to face down the demons that wait for us at our very limits of endurance.
The BFC is a 50 kilometer race, with a ridiculous amount of climb and descent (with the attendant reward of numerous scenic vistas.) The course is designed to challenge the runner mentally, as well as physically. Course markings only exist at major turns, leaving the runner to rely on their confidence that they have not made a wrong turn, or missed a right one. Long sections of very runnable trail follow on the heels of strength-sapping sections of hills... requiring the successful BFC runner to run, when every fiber of their being cries out for taking things slow to recover. The most devastating climbs hit at the runner's weakest moments. Everything is arranged to play on the doubts and weaknesses that exist in all of us. The BFC'er must not only beat the course to finish, but they must conquer their own darkest fears....
As a final challenge, there is a 22.1 mile cutoff of nine and a half hours. Those who reach that point within the time limit are presented with a terrible choice. They can, with a word, choose to end the suffering and run an easy downhill grade for another 7 tenths of a mile, to record a marathon finish.... or, they can strike out into another 9 miles of brutal climbs and descents in an attempt to complete the 50k. Unlike other races with "drop-down" choices, those who choose to continue can no longer log a marathon. At the BFC it is all or nothing.
At the BFC, success is not guaranteed. It might even be considered unlikely. Fully a third of the aspiring entrants will come up with some reason to not be at the line when the starting cigarette is lit. (and who can blame them? at the BFC your very best is not good enough. It takes something a little more than that). More than half of those who have the guts to toe the line will not finish the 50k. The Barkley Fall Classic is not for everyone. If you are only looking to impress your friends, there are a lot of better 50k's to choose from. You should pick one where you are sure to finish, if you don't screw up. If you are looking for a chance to find that something extra inside yourself... that something that you do not know for certain is there... the BFC is for you.
Male and Female winners get guaranteed slots in the Big Barkley in the spring. (A lot of others may discover that they really do not even want to appy.)
Wartburg Scenic River Inn - 915 Main St. Wartburg - 423-346-5733. This is the only motel in Wartburg. IT IS FULL. There are lots hotels located at Interstate 40 Harriman, or in Oak Ridge, but won’t it be fun to camp or stay nearer Wartburg? And support the locals.
nice cabin that belongs to Mike and Suzy Raiford. Call Bill Podewils at 423-628-5635 for information on the Raiford cabin.
Camping at Frozen Head State Park:
Big Cove camp site is full. There is always the possibility that someone with a site will allow you to stay on site with them. This is typical at the Barkley Marathons.
Flat Fork Group Camping Area at FHSP - there are 8 sites that hold up to 15 people/site. These are strictly first come/first served. Sites are $23/night. Just up the road from the turn off to Big Cove.
Camping in Wartburg area:
The American Legion in Wartburg 202 S. Kingston St, is offering sites for camping either behind their building (restrooms and showers available), or other places in Wartburg. To reserve, call Bill Podewils at 423-628-5635. Mr. Podewils only asks that you make a donation to the American Legion.
Mr. Brian Young has property located on a side road off from Flat Forks Road. His # is 423-223-7844. He has room for approx. 15 tent sites. His charge is a donation to the Wartburg Fire Dept. for each camp site. Folks can make reservations with him at the number given
Bed and Breakfasts:
Between Two Rivers Bed & Breakfast
885 Genesis Rd.
Lancing, TN 37770
We have two bedrooms with a private sitting room between the rooms, wifi, TV in each room & private bath. We have a game room with TV & pool table. Also, a bunk room which sleeps 3-4 people with a private bath. We are only 15 minutes from Wartburg.
Our website is www.betweentworiversbedandbreakfast.com. Special rates for more than one night & for participants of BFC
Rugby – 20 min North of Wartburg http://www.historicrugby.org
1880 Newberry House - rates range from $99 - $130 plus tax and include full breakfast
Pioneer Cottage – rates are $105 plus tax
Percy Cottage - rates are $135 plus tax
Grey Gables Bed/Breakfast: http://www.rugbytn.com/
Grey Gables has 10 bedrooms available – 8 with private baths rates range from $95 to $145 a night plus tax
The Alexander-Perrigo House http://www.spiritofredhill.com
They have 2 rooms rates are from $70-88.00 plus tax
In nearby Sunbright, TN
Two cabins available: One of the cabins (1 couple) is completely furnished and the other (1 couple) will be quite primitive. The info is:
Jim and Brenda Duke
618 Coon Hollow Rd.
Sunbright, TN 37872
Packet pick up and other info
NOTE: It's a long way out, so all of this info about Packet pick up location can change. You'll be apprised of the situation in a timely manner.
BARKLEY FALL CLASSIC 50K RUN 2016 INFORMATION
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16:
Packet Pick up: 3pm – 8pm EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME at American Legion Hall in the basement – 202 Kingston St, Wartburg, TN. Enter through the basement doors… go down and around.
Your bib#, map of the course, and more goodies will be in your packet. You will also receive a shirt.
Parking: Will be at Rocky Fork Field. This is the area where the volleyball nets are about a half mile from the park entrance. NO PARKING before 05:00 Saturday morning. Volunteers will be on site to assist you.
Porta potties: There will be 10 available at the start area.
Start: 07:00 EDT at Rocky Fork Field.
BFC gives back WHS, American Legion, and FHSP
Something good is coming... out of something bad
Local time: 8:05 PM
We are making a large donation to Wartburg High School to help with their athletic budgets.
A large portion of your entry fee goes to this cause and to Frozen Head State Park. All of the dinner proceeds go the American Legion of Morgan Co.