We race for many reasons. Some of us line up with intentions of holding a trophy at the end. Most of us hit the starting line hoping, most likely planning, to finish. In subsequent races perhaps we are shooting for a PR. Others may be trying to stretch themselves, find fulfillment, support someone else or make it a tribute to the memory of a loved one. Any reason for racing is probably a good one.
But would you ever enter a race you probably couldn’t finish?
The 2015 edition of the 100-mile Barkley Marathon in Tennesse started with 40 runners.
And the race directors were thrilled.
It’s reported that in 30 years, 14 out of approximately 1100 runners have finished in the allotted 60-hour time limit.
So would you ever start a race that statistically, you probably wouldn’t finish? Why or why not?