Today was a historic day in the ultramarathon world as Nickadedemus ‘Nick’ Hollon became the 13th man to ever finish the famed Barkley Marathons, the toughest 100 mile race in the world, that takes place at Frozen Head State Park in East Tennessee.
Shortly thereafter Travis Wildeboer became the 14th man in history to finish the race.
Many experts thought that no one would finish the race this year with three having finished it last year.
The rugged and extremely tough course consists of five 20-mile loops with nearly 60,000 feet of elevation gain and loss (120k change).
Hollon finished (and won) the race in 57 hours and 41 minutes. A bit over 2 hours before the 60 hour cutoff.
Wildboer was just a bit behind finishing in 58 hours 41 minutes.
The race was created by the devious Gary Cantrell (Lazarus Lake).
Fourteen men have now finished the race in it’s long history. A woman has yet to but that will likely happen in the next couple of years.
Congrats to Nick and Travis on an amazing feat!
[photo via @lord_balls]