Jan 24, 2018
The Barkley Marathons is regarded as one of the toughest
endurance races on the planet. Why do I call it The Failure
Olympics, and why does it offer a counterintuituve escape from
Assuming you even get a place in this race, you are almost certainly guaranteed to not finish. However, the gift inherent in just participating is far more precious than the disappointment of the loss could ever be.
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...comes from a veteran supermodel with a reaaaaaaallllllyyyy tough choice that every woman must make at some point in their lives... (yes, really).
The Barkley Marathons is not only tough, but reaches levels of
eccentricity previously attained only by English aristocrats such
as Screaming Lord Such. 5 marathons in 60 hours. The entry fee is
less than a cup of coffee, but you must bring a personalised
present for the organiser. The trails are not marked and the
combined altitude of all 5 marathons equals that of Everest. Only
15 people in 30 years have ever actually finished it.
So why do it?
And what has this insane event got to teach is about recovering from binge eating and food compulsion? So much - that’s what. Even if - especially if - you’d rather cut your arm off than run a marathon, this episode is for you.
Watch the documentary The Barkley Marathons on Netflix
The Hadley Freeman article https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2009/aug/17/ask-hadley-diet-kate-moss
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