Kiwi Greig Hamilton admits defeat as well as all his rivals in the Barkley Marathon


Christchruch's runner, Greig Hamilton, receives the bugle call as he is


Christchruch's running back, Greig Hamilton, gets the bugle call when he is "knocked out," which means he concedes defeat at the Barkley Marathon in the Tennessee Mountains.

How tiring is the Barkley Marathon? Well, there were no finals in this year's edition. Just like last year.

Forty runners, including Kiwi Greig Hamilton, started what is known as one of the world's most brutal endurance events in the mountains of Tennessee over the weekend, but the five laps of the course covering about 160 kilometers of rugged terrain at varying temperatures too hot to snow proved too much for them all. Hamilton from Christchurch proved to be one of the most contested competitors, the second being the "tap out", which involves blowing a horn to signal defeat.

The annual race began in 1986 and only 15 people completed. It is known as "the breed that eats its cubs". The twists and turns and high heights demanded by race co-founder Gary "Lazarus Lake" Cantrell – proved to be very ordeal.

Christchurch Endurance athlete, Greig Hamilton, competing in the Barkley Marathon.


Christchurch Endurance athlete, Greig Hamilton, competing in the Barkley Marathon.

Cantrell begins the race at Frozen Head State Park by lighting a cigarette Saturday morning, with the final cut on Monday night. The first three loops of the course are cynically described as "fun race". Only six people have come this far this year.

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Of these, only Hamilton and Belgian Karel Sabbe pressed the fourth loop. They had finished the loop three less than 30 minutes before the start time of loop four.

Hamilton, a world champion in Rogaining's long-distance sailing sport, walked a few hours before leaving.

Saber, record holder of the Appalachian Trail, continued to play, but hit two in the morning on Sunday, ending the race, reported.

John Kelly, one of the 15 who completed the race in the past, was the first to finish the first two loops this year but did not line up for the third, tweeting the motive.

"Long story short: I stopped.I was right on time, I felt strong, the conditions were (relatively) good.But I know what 5 loops take, and I realized that I no longer have that motivation. amusing sorry for any disappointment, "he posted on Twitter.

Cantrell dreamed of running after the escape of a nearby prison by James Earl Ray, who had murdered Martin Luther King. Ray was in the Tennessee Mountains for 55 hours, covering only 13 miles, but Cantrell thought he could "do at least 100 miles." The race is named after Barry Barkley, long time companion to Cantrell and neighbor.


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