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Postby Jwolf » Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:43 pm

Gary is not in yet and time is ticking away...
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Postby jonovision_man » Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:50 pm

Over, he didn't make the cut. :( Poor guy.
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Postby Jwolf » Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:50 pm

Heartbreaking- he didn't finish in time.

Updates are saying that he's in now but may have gone off course.

Still an amazing accomplishment, but it must be tough to have it end like that!
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Postby jonovision_man » Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:54 pm

They're saying 60:00:06!? :shock: That can't be right... oh gawd that's awful.

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Postby jonovision_man » Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:07 pm

Canadian Running Magazine is there, they have it as 6 seconds in their headline... that's so nuts.

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Postby ultraslacker » Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:11 pm

omg.

"Heartbreak - 60:00:06, Gary Robbins missed the cutoff after a 3 mile addon. 1 finisher at this year's Barkley after an unreal ending #bm100"
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Postby ultraslacker » Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:12 pm

Gary apparently made it to the finish but from the wrong side, just after the cut-off.... sounds like he took a wrong turn, added distance, just missed the cut-off..... BRUTAL!!!!!
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Postby Jwolf » Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:15 pm

Well it sounds like he also didn't cover the actual course, so even if he had made it under 60:00:00 it wouldn't be official? He approached the gate from the wrong direction so he wasn't on the right trail at the end. Then again he had all the pages from the checkpoints so I'm not sure.

Heartbreaking for sure- but what a story!
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Postby La » Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:27 pm

Jwolf wrote:Well it sounds like he also didn't cover the actual course, so even if he had made it under 60:00:00 it wouldn't be official? He approached the gate from the wrong direction so he wasn't on the right trail at the end. Then again he had all the pages from the checkpoints so I'm not sure.

Heartbreaking for sure- but what a story!

I can't imagine that anyone's mental faculties are at their peak after 60 hours of racing. Heartbreaking, for sure.
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La wrote:
Jwolf wrote:Well it sounds like he also didn't cover the actual course, so even if he had made it under 60:00:00 it wouldn't be official? He approached the gate from the wrong direction so he wasn't on the right trail at the end. Then again he had all the pages from the checkpoints so I'm not sure.

Heartbreaking for sure- but what a story!

I can't imagine that anyone's mental faculties are at their peak after 60 hours of racing. Heartbreaking, for sure.


That's a huge part of it for sure.
In his videos he talks about how so much of the prep is mental, and that hallicinations are expected. In his report from last year he talks about how after hours and hours of talking to Jared on the course, sharing their life stories, etc.- in the 4th loop he suddenly had no idea who Jared was.
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Just watched the heartbreaking video on Facebook :( (Canadian Running Magazine)
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Postby Annelizabeth » Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:45 pm

I can't watch the video, it is just so hard.

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Postby Jwolf » Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:57 pm

This is a good article.

http://runningmagazine.ca/2017-barkley-marathons-recap/

Gary is going to have a tough recovery, physically and emotionally. He is such an inspiration.
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Postby La » Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:57 pm

I wonder, though, if he's as heartbroken about it as we all are for him. I guess it depends on what his motivation is for doing it, and how he defines success.
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Postby ultraslacker » Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:59 pm

I just watched the finish line video. He says he has all the checkpoint pages, but he went the wrong way in the fog. So confusing and heartbreaking. He must be devastated.
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Postby jonovision_man » Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:40 pm

ultraslacker wrote:I just watched the finish line video. He says he has all the checkpoint pages, but he went the wrong way in the fog. So confusing and heartbreaking. He must be devastated.


In that video, race director dude said he came along the wrong trail so the 6 seconds didn't matter - implying going off-course was enough to get him DQ'd anyway.

The silence of everyone else there was deafening. Ouch.

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La wrote:I wonder, though, if he's as heartbroken about it as we all are for him. I guess it depends on what his motivation is for doing it, and how he defines success.


All you have to do is watch that video to know how devastated he must be to have missed it like that.
As Jono said, it wasn't the six seconds (if only for that there might have been a bit of "experimental error" allowance) -- it was the fact that he went off course. Laz has disqualified people for going off course in other years, even if they hit all the checkpoints.

Listening to him lying on the ground, asking, "Does it count? Does it count? I have all my pages... I have all my pages..." So hard!!
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Postby ultraslacker » Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:20 pm

he looked pretty upset in the videos, definitely. of course he'd be utterly exhausted so that would play in as well!
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Postby tayken » Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:12 pm

On the bright side...what doesn't kill him, can only make him stronger. A cliche', but true

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tayken wrote:On the bright side...what doesn't kill him, can only make him stronger. A cliche', but true

https://www.facebook.com/CanadianRunnin ... 402865425/

John Kelly...1st one in
http://runningmagazine.ca/2017-barkley-marathons-recap/


Oh wow- I just watched Gary in his second video.

"Still.... it's a story for the ages."

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Postby ultraslacker » Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:42 pm

"You're an ultrarunner, normal rules don't apply to you." (Doonst)


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Postby Dstew » Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:06 pm

tayken wrote:On the bright side...what doesn't kill him, can only make him stronger. A cliche', but true



Not necessarily true. The stress fracture in my left leg did not kill me but it definitely made me weaker. The enlarged heart from too much running did not kill me, but increased the risks of heart issues and forced me change how I view running. Landing on my right hip made me weaker. Compression fracture in my lower back not only made me weaker and lost a year from running, it has also severely impact my psychological view of running. Had a friend who had perfect training, was well on his way to qualify for Boston and it was not his day and was less than 5 minutes away. Never came close again and eventually stopped racing. Another friend trained for his first marathon to be run on the year of his 50th birthday. Hurricane Sandy and stopped doing any races.

I stopped road cycling for two decades after my third big crash in as many years. Completely lost my nerve.

It is a nice cliché that may be true at times but not necessarily.

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Dstew wrote:
tayken wrote:On the bright side...what doesn't kill him, can only make him stronger. A cliche', but true



Not necessarily true. The stress fracture in my left leg did not kill me but it definitely made me weaker. The enlarged heart from too much running did not kill me, but increased the risks of heart issues and forced me change how I view running. Landing on my right hip made me weaker. Compression fracture in my lower back not only made me weaker and lost a year from running, it has also severely impact my psychological view of running. Had a friend who had perfect training, was well on his way to qualify for Boston and it was not his day and was less than 5 minutes away. Never came close again and eventually stopped racing. Another friend trained for his first marathon to be run on the year of his 50th birthday. Hurricane Sandy and stopped doing any races.

I stopped road cycling for two decades after my third big crash in as many years. Completely lost my nerve.

It is a nice cliché that may be true at times but not necessarily.


You must not have met Gary! :lol: 8)
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