John Kelly completed the Barkley Marathon previously, but in 2019 decided to stop before the end when the fun finished. Photo: @howiesternphoto John Kelly completed the Barkley Marathon previously, but in 2019 decided to stop before the end when the fun finished. Photo: @howiesternphoto
John Kelly completed the Barkley Marathon previously, but in 2019 decided to stop before the end when the fun finished. Photo: @howiesternphoto
Mary Hui
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Trail Mix by Mary Hui

Barkley Marathons: no finishers again in race ‘that eats its young’, but lessons in prioritising fun from former winner John Kelly

  • No runners reach the end of the famous 100-miler in Tennessee, which was has only seen 15 finishers in 33 years
  • HK4TUC finisher completes three laps out of five, but cannot add Barkley to his resume

John Kelly completed the Barkley Marathon previously, but in 2019 decided to stop before the end when the fun finished. Photo: @howiesternphoto John Kelly completed the Barkley Marathon previously, but in 2019 decided to stop before the end when the fun finished. Photo: @howiesternphoto
John Kelly completed the Barkley Marathon previously, but in 2019 decided to stop before the end when the fun finished. Photo: @howiesternphoto
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Mary Hui

Mary Hui

Mary Hui is a Hong Kong-based writer. Her work has appeared in the South China Morning Post, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CityLab.