The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young(2014) the hardest trail race in the world that you have never heard of; in its first 25 years, only 10 people had finished it. The documentary follows the story of unlikely athletes pushing themselves to their limits.


13 Aug 2017 21:22 - +476
i have no interest in running long distance or even short distances but i really loved this documentary
13 Aug 2017 21:33 - +137
This was my first documentary I've watched on Netflix and it's one of the most entertaining I've seen. I'm not even much into sports. All the stuff the creator talks about is also very insightful. Higly recommended
13 Aug 2017 22:10 - +80
I love this race because I find it goes against every modern day marathon, ironman, etc. Anyone can afford it (one t-shirt or pair of socks to the organizer) it just takes talent, thought, drive and no faff, sponsors, high Tec gear or equipment. It's brilliant.
13 Aug 2017 22:04 - +71
I love this documentary and the guy that runs it is a proper old eccentric, the charge for entering is stuff he needs (e.g t-shirts) ha ha
13 Aug 2017 21:35 - +54
This documentary is an outstanding example of how far some people are able to push their bodies and their minds to complete an insane mountain race. And the guy week started the whole thing might be an evil genius or just a genius.
13 Aug 2017 21:46 - +25
I love this documentary. It makes me want to push myself to my limits when cycling
13 Aug 2017 21:46 - +20
This is a fantastic story. If you like docs and have time, give it a go.
13 Aug 2017 21:31 - +18
It eats everyone
13 Aug 2017 22:28 - +10
I watched an (I think) Vice video on this a while ago. It gave a brief glimpse into how the thing was organised and some of the history. My favourite part was how after someone finally beat it the organiser went "Well, it's obviously too easy. Time to make it harder!" and it took a while for anyone to beat it again. I'm not a running guy but this a truly fascinating event. I'm going to have to look this documentary up.
13 Aug 2017 22:04 - +10
I really enjoyed this. It had a lot of things to like for a lot of different types of people. You definitely do not need to have an interest in running for this to be appealing.
13 Aug 2017 21:43 - +6
Great documentary!!!
13 Aug 2017 22:21 - +6
The Ginger runner on youtube has done some amazing documentary style films for some of his ultra marathon runs. The one covering cascade crest is my favourite, definitely worth a view and you don't need to be a fan of running to enjoy it.
13 Aug 2017 21:56 - +5
As others are saying, this is indeed a fantastic documentary. Highly recommend to just about anybody.
13 Aug 2017 22:28 - +4
Let's do the Fun Run 🏃
13 Aug 2017 21:35 - +4
What is it? Why is it so hard?
13 Aug 2017 21:10 - +2
what a great documentary! Shame we couldn't get the link to the whole thing!
13 Aug 2017 22:43 - +1
Cant recommend this enough. One hell of a motivational documentary even if its not intended to be.
13 Aug 2017 22:49 - +1
This is the most interesting and entertaining documentary out there, in my opinion. The guy is a genius/borderline crazy and could be a huge celebrity. My favorite part is when they're talking about the water drop offs "Some of the runners were complaining the water had turned into blocks of ice. Yeah, it's 10 degrees. What did you think would happen?" Hahaha
13 Aug 2017 22:46 - +1
Whenever anyone asks for a recommendation on a documentary I always say this one. Cool things about the race: 1.The fee for applying for the race is like $2. 2.The fee for starting the race if you're selected is a t-shirt. 3. The map changes every year and you actually aren't given the map of the course, it's just kind of described to you and racers get one hour with the main map to build their map from it. 4. The only way you know you got the map right is there are novels hidden in the woods you have to tear pages out of to prove you went the whole way. 5. One random old guy runs the whole thing and he himself has never run it. 6. That guy smokes a shit ton of cigarettes. Edit: I have no idea why the numbering is so weird on this
13 Aug 2017 23:07 - +1
I watched this about 2 years ago at the suggestion of another reddit article
13 Aug 2017 22:55 - +1
Great doc, worth a watch!
13 Aug 2017 23:12 - +1
Is this real life The Long Walk by R Bachman without then literal killings? Very excited to watch.
13 Aug 2017 22:34 - +1
One of the best quirky docs of all time.
13 Aug 2017 23:15 - +1
This is also on Netflix, can confirm is interesting as fuck
13 Aug 2017 22:52 - +1
But how many finished the fun run?
13 Aug 2017 23:23 - +1
Maybe I'm just a contrarian, but I don't see what was so great about this doc. It's always all over Reddit so I decided to check it out, but was disappointed. Honestly it just seemed like some crazy old dude who lives in the woods came up with a ridiculously long/hard race.... what's so special about it?
13 Aug 2017 23:17 - +1
This is a spammer, linking rehosted videos. Original is here:
13 Aug 2017 23:25 - +1
Do watch!
13 Aug 2017 22:34 - +1
I dead ass thought that was matthew mcconaughey in the thumbnail
13 Aug 2017 22:42 - +1
It's not a race. It's an event. Marathons aren't races either unless you intend to win. Just finishing makes it an event.
13 Aug 2017 22:37 - +1
Rob Zombie's Barkley Marathon - the race that eats its young
13 Aug 2017 22:36 - +1
"I get a little weird after being up for 48 hours"
13 Aug 2017 22:45 - +1
This doco is dope!
13 Aug 2017 22:57 - +1
There was an article about this in Esquire about a month or so ago. It was about this year's marathon. One guy finished all the laps and had all his pages but missed the cut off time by about 5 min. He didn't get officially recognized as finishing the marathon. Brutal!
13 Aug 2017 22:54 - +1
Excellent documentary. Truly a brutal race and a test of one's willpower!
13 Aug 2017 23:15 - +1
Interesting how OP linked a reupload of the trailer with 100 views which was uploaded today, when the [real trailer from the film makers youtube channel]( was in the recommendations..
13 Aug 2017 23:03 - +1
My wife's boss did this marathon. He's one crazy mofo.
13 Aug 2017 22:11 - +1
I'm guessing this is not a family approved activity given the name.
13 Aug 2017 23:11 - +1
Yes we've heard of it before, thank you reddit.
13 Aug 2017 22:33 - +1
Wim Hof, where you at?!?
13 Aug 2017 23:14 - +1
A 6 minute trailer?
13 Aug 2017 22:35 - +1
I saw that for the first time back when I was training for my first marathon, I wanted to do it but was just too old.
13 Aug 2017 23:20 - +1
Looks like Matthew McConaughey is giving it a shot in the thumbnail
13 Aug 2017 23:05 - +1
Can we get an AMA for some Barkley Marathon participants?!
13 Aug 2017 23:25 - +1
The Broccoli Marathon. Uh, I mean, Barkley.
13 Aug 2017 21:53 - +1
I've heard of it actually....
13 Aug 2017 22:27 - +1
And about once a month someone will repost this.
13 Aug 2017 22:26 - +1
Fantastic documentary.
13 Aug 2017 23:13 - +1
I hear about this race five times a year on reddit.
13 Aug 2017 22:49 - +1
This is childs' play for the Tarahumara imo. They'll even do it barefoot.
13 Aug 2017 22:46 - +1
For of you who enjoyed this documentary you might also enjoy a book called Born to Run.
13 Aug 2017 22:53 - +1
I think the documentary is really bad and boring but at the same time also very watchable.
13 Aug 2017 22:25 - +0
Wanted to post this a year ago when I first watched it. So interesting and funny
13 Aug 2017 22:13 - +-3
Ironman fucks with our town every year.
13 Aug 2017 21:54 - +-4
I watched this a year or so ago... It just comes off to me as a ridiculous old man who was determined to make "the hardest trail in the world" so he picked a mountain and told people to climb and descend it 5x. And then he brags constantly about how its such a tough trail. Yes. Because it's not a trail. It's a mountain. Idk, just my two cents.

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