Few Know How to Enter; Fewer Finish….

Few Know How to Enter; Fewer Finish....

For an entry fee of $1.60, participants in the secret Barkley Marathons can come away with battered feet and legs and an exhaustion so deep that they might hallucinate. — On Friday night, in the Cumberland Mountains of eastern Tennessee, 28 men and 7 women will lie in tents half asleep in anticipation of hearing a conch shell being blown at Big Cove Campground in Frozen Head State Park. When they hear the call, which will arrive sometime between 11 p.m. that night and 11 a.m. Saturday, they will know they are 60 minutes from the start of an ordeal once referred to as a “satanic running adventure.” By DAVE SEMINARA