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THE WAL.SH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017 Page 9 By Kevin Skavhaug The Barkley... Sometimes the most bizarre things interest us. I discovered something' like that this past week. It's called the Barkley Marathon. Now the typical marathon is not bizarre and really, not all that interesting. But this one is dif- ferent, quite different. It is con- sidered to be the'toughest 100 mile race in the world. It's also, without a doubt, the strangest. It's known around the world as "the race that eats it's young." My son Noah introduced me to the story of the Barkley. He thought I might be interest- ed in it's history and just what it is. There is a documentary about it on Netflix and once I started watching, I couldn't stop. As I said, it's a 100 mile race. It takes place in the mountains of east Tennessee each spring. Since it's beginning some 30 years ago, only a dozen or so runners have completed it. Most don't make it the first 20 miles. I could go on and on about the oddities surrounding this race, but if you are interested you should watch it. It's not a bad way to spend an horn" and a hal But for those of you who won't go that far, here's just a smidgen of interesting facts about the race. The idea began shortly after James Earl Ray (the man who shot Martin Luther King, Jr.) es- caped from prison in the east Tennessee mountains. Author- ities believed it would be a short man hunt. It didn't turn out that way. James Earl Ray was on the loose fo? 55 hours. But in that time, he only managed to get 8 miles from the prison before he was captured. The mastermind behind the Barkley marathon, who was a runner himself, half-heartedly said he could have gotten 100 miles from there in that time. Thus the race was born -- a 100 mile race that must be completed in 60 hours through some of the nastiest mountain terrain in the eastern United States with no or very little sleep for the lucky contestants who are permitted to participate each year. They only allow 40 runners to par- ticipate each year out of thou- sands upon thousands of appli- cants. Here is just a sprinkling of some of the bizarre? It costs a $1.60 to enter. If you are one of the chosen, they up the ante with something like a flannel shirt, or tee shirt as your final admission fee. The race goes non stop, for 60 hours. Over the course of the race, you will climb and de- scend the same amount of ele- vation changes as if you were to climb Mount Everest, twice. There are five loops to the race, two going clockwise, then two counterclockwise and if you're still around for the fifth (which very ever are), run- ners alternate as they leave the check-in point. The course is not marked, you orientate yourself with maps and compass. To en- sure you stayed on com'se, you remove a page from a book placed in the woods as verifi- cation that you did the entire loop. Anyway, it's almost comical how it is run. But there is noth- ing funny about the physical toll in takes on the runners. After watching the show, I don't be- lieve there is a harder race in the world. Makes my simple fiat land two mile runs seem pret- ty wimpy in comparison. I think ifI want to do the Barkley, I better get serious and at least run around Homme Dam a few times. We'll see. : .... i i' t: | victory Pembina County North Dra :on-Sl--VE Top Left: Park R ,er/Fordvile-Lankin Aggies second baseman Jacob Erovick charges out for a ball hit to shallow center. The fly ball was caught on a line running catch by Aggie center fielder Adam Zavalney. The Aggies downed the Drayton/St ThomasNalley-Edinburg Blue Knights 13-1 in Fordville. Top Right: Aggies shortstop Nathan Zavalney makes a running catch on a fly ball hit in the infield. The Aggies downed the Blue Knights 13-1 in Fordville. Bottom Right: Park River/Fordville-Lankin Aggies Tom Magnusson kicks up a lot of dirt as he is thrown out at home on a close play. The Aggies downed Pembina County North 12-0 in Park River. Have you read the today? Start or renew your subscription: In-County $34 / 0ut-of-County $38 / 0ut-of-State $42 R0. Box 49, Park River, ND 58270 Park River, First Month FREE (With ]2 month lease) 1 Bedroom Apartment- $325 2 Bedroom Apartment - $475 All Utilities Paid Ground Level Laundry Facility Non Smoking Call Katie @ 701-331-2939 Or Prairie Homes Managemer 1-888-893-9501 TY: 1-800-366 .t . 88EHO C~ i ~d ! , Z i~: i:!~ i;:;Z! Photos: tara/Bid When you contact Polar customer service in April to add any new service be sure to say, "Can I get a deal on this?" and we'll say "Yes!" Acid a new calling Feature more cable channels or broadband Internet. Just call, tell us which service you'd like to add and remember to ask for a deal! Call today and ask for YOUR deal! 800.284.7222 [701.284.7221