1988 Barkley Marathons Results & Reports

After no one finished in the inaugural 1987 Barkley again, runners showed up in force for the 1988 run–though, notably, there were no Marines. Gary had scared them all off, but this year there was no lack of quality talent at the starting line…including first-time runner Ed Furtaw.

Barker (Runner) Results & Reports

All loop finish times and names are from Ed Furtaw’s book, Tales from Out There. Following Ed’s style, woman runners are underlined, repeat runners are indicated by how many Barkley’s they’ve started (including this one), and numbers at left do not indicate place or bib numbers–just the count of runners:

Victim L1 L2 L3 L4 L5 Other
1. Ed Furtaw 6:54 15:09 32:14:50 NA NA 1st Fun Run!
2. Tom Possert (2) 5:52 12:46 * 23:47 * NA NA DQ
3. Eric Clifton 5:50 14:16 * DNS NA NA DQ
4. Carl Barshinger FT? FT? DNS NA NA
5. Eileen Elliot FT? FT? DNS NA NA
6. Fred Pilon (3) 8:00 DNS? NA NA
7. Richard Schick 10:58 DNS? NA NA
8. Doyle Carpenter (2) 10:58 DNS? NA NA
9. Gary Cantrell (3) FT? DNS? NA NA
10. Bruce Ensign ? NA NA
11. John DeWalt ? NA NA
12. Jim Dill ? NA NA
13.+ ??? ? NA NA
Starters 19 3+ 2 NA NA NA
Finishers 8+ ? 1 NA NA NA

(*) Indicates that racers were probably not fully on the intended course.

Changes in 1988
  • TBD start @ TBD am
  • First Fun Run finisher ever, Ed Furtaw!
  • Same or similar course (50 miles, 3 loops)
  • 50 cent entry up from 35
  • 19-25 starters vs. 16 in 1987
  • 100% fewer Marines!

Input Welcome

If you see any other race reports buy runners or crew,  or particularly good recaps, let me know. And as always, if you want to learn more about the Barkley, check out the following:

Peace, and good luck Out There.

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