The Barkley Marathons is an extremely difficult ultra-distance event that takes place each year in Frozen Head State Park. Boasting approximately 100 miles of off-trail navigation and over 60,000 feet of elevation gain (over 120,000 feet of change), The Barkley Marathons is one of the most difficult events on Earth. Despite thousands of athletes attempting The Barkley Marathons, only 15 individuals have finished the event since its inception in 1986.
GARY ROBBINS - ultrarunner, coach
Gary Robbins is an ultrarunner who calls North Vancouver, BC home. Hailing from Newfoundland, Gary moved to Banff, AB in 1996 at 19 years of age in search of mountains and adventure, and fueled by a deep desire to learn how to ski. In 2004, at 27 years of age Gary relocated to Whistler, BC and decided to pursue adventure racing, and through this he discovered ultrarunning. Gary rapidly fell in love with endurance sports and after his team successfully completed the 2007, 800km long, XPD Australia Expedition Race, he sold his mountain bike, his kayak and dedicated himself solely to ultrarunning. In 2008 he put in his first ever 100 mile week of training and subsequently won his debut at the 100 mile distance that same year.
Beyond running and racing results Gary is most proud of having built a happy little family, a trail running series, and a coaching business, all from scratch, but with the perfect individual partner for each unique pursuit.
ethan newberry (the ginger runner) - film director, composer
Ethan Newberry is an ultrarunner and filmmaker who recently returned to Seattle, WA after nearly a decade working in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to his numerous Hollywood credits in front and behind the camera, he is the creator and operator of the popular YouTube channel, "The Ginger Runner", with 100,000 subscribers and over 15 million views. It's there that he has built a following of like-minded outdoor adventurers pursuing their athletic goals, challenging themselves both physically and mentally. He's run numerous ultramarathons, most notably of which was the Cascade Crest 100 where he was paced by Gary Robbins through hypothermic conditions in the worst Summer storm in the Pacific Northwest's history. He's extremely grateful to Lazarus Lake for granting special access to document Gary's attempts at The Barkley Marathons.
justin sund - tour manager, producer
Justin Sund is a Washington-raised, Seattle-based Producer and Creative, currently rocking it at Werxo. He loves to cook, drink beer, and occasionally run in endurance events, his favorite still being his first marathon, the Big Sur. We’re thankful that he has brought his production skills to assist in making this tour happen.