Could You Be The Next Barkley Marathons Finisher?

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Could You Be The Next Barkley Marathons Finisher?

Your chances of passing this quiz are probably about as good as your chances of finishing the race.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    In 2006, how many people finished the "Barkley fun run"?
    • A. 

      3

    • B. 

      0

    • C. 

      1

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      2

  • 2. 
    You're 4.5hrs into your third loop and headed up to Frozen head tower, the first of the counter-clockwise loops. The conch blew at 4:30am. Your first loop was 10hrs and 15min's and you took a 15min break, before loop 2. Loop 2 was 12hrs and 30min's. IF the rest of the third loop takes you 7.5hrs how much time do you have at camp to turn around for the fourth loop before the 5-loop time cut-off?
    • A. 

      F-it, that's "quitter's math" I don't need to calculate anything.

    • B. 

      30min's flat.

    • C. 

      1hr flat.

    • D. 

      1hr 15min's at most!

  • 3. 
    True or false: If on a clockwise loop, I should head southwest from Indian Knob to Beech Tree.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    Barkley is 33.33% Navigation and orienteering, 33.33% sleep deprivation & nutritional strategy and only 33.33% physical.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    It's the night before the race, what do you prioritize?
    • A. 

      Getting in that last revision of your pack and materials

    • B. 

      Ensuring that your last will and testament are in good order

    • C. 

      Sleep...O the precious Z's

    • D. 

      Facebook posts! #methlabhill #fykes #lost #ogodsolost

  • 6. 
    It's nighttime. The fog is rolling in and your lost. In what order do you go about things?
    • A. 

      Sit. Wait. Sleep. Wait. "Hey search and rescue!"... "Squeal like a pig boy!!" "Oh no!!!!"....Silence...

    • B. 

      Pull out the map & compass, go back to a distant but known point and reorient from there.

    • C. 

      Pull out the map. Trace back to where you were last reorient from there.

    • D. 

      Pull out the map & compass, aim towards a prominent but nearby unknown landmark, reorient from there.

    • E. 

      The map? What map? O shoot! I left that at camp!

  • 7. 
    You're doing great, and you've made it to the start of the fourth loop of the race! It's 6:00pm  in the afternoon and there is still a sliver of light piercing through the forest. You are 1.5hrs ahead of the cut-off and your feeling tired but not too bad-off do you...
    • A. 

      Load-up & get going. You'll need that "time cushion" just in case.

    • B. 

      Throw some peaceful tunes on, get a fuzzy blanket, smell something calming & sleep for 15min's then get going! still saving "some cushion"

    • C. 

      Sleep for 45min's, as you know the extra adenosine blockers are only produced in REM

    • D. 

      Grab an extra bag of expresso beans just in case and hope that those college "all nighters" taught you something

    • E. 

      Try to steal Laz's bugle when he's not looking, so he can't drop anyone else!

  • 8. 
    It's midnight or somewhere dang near it...Your in the bowels of the defunct Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary and you hear a noise come from behind you...Is it...
    • A. 

      A giant rat

    • B. 

      The ghost of James Earl Ray

    • C. 

      Another competitor

    • D. 

      Your mind slowly melting because it's actually nothing at all

    • E. 

      One of Laz's rescue dogs

  • 9. 
    Which rare bird is a neotropical migrant with a strong breeding population within the Frozen Head State Park boundaries?
    • A. 

      Tufted Titmouse

    • B. 

      Red-headed Grosbeak

    • C. 

      Cerulean Warbler

    • D. 

      Nutmeg Mannikin

    • E. 

      Black and White Warbler

  • 10. 
    The Barkley Marathons, different to almost all other ultra-marathons, becomes more difficult each year someone finishes.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    The first edition of Barkley was held in...
    • A. 

      1987

    • B. 

      1904

    • C. 

      1986

    • D. 

      1985

    • E. 

      1988

  • 12. 
    Frozen Head State Park and the wilderness surrounding the region lie on top of the geological feature known as the Cumberland Plateau. What (geological) age are these sedimentary layers?
    • A. 

      Mississipian

    • B. 

      Devonian

    • C. 

      Jurassic

    • D. 

      Permian

    • E. 

      Neogene

  • 13. 
    Your lost. Yet again. And deep into the hollow depths of sleep deprivation 40+...No 50+ hrs deep into this race. Staring at the tree's ahead of you, what happens next?
    • A. 

      The Gordon Fishstick Fisherman appears ahead of you but starts leading you off course and you know it! That liar!

    • B. 

      You see Deer in the forest, and they're, yup, they're laughing at you.

    • C. 

      You forget everything and pretend that you are Garbage Man, going for his rounds in a quiet suburban neighborhood.

    • D. 

      You consult your compass and map, go back to..wait where is my compass??

    • E. 

      50hrs? Hah..I left that park yesterday and already on my flight back home!