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The Barkley Marathons is a brutal test of endurance through the unforgiving Tennessee mountains
By NICKI REHN
In a tiny state park tucked away in the Tennessee hills, there is an obscure race that has stolen my heart and soul. I have stood at the start line of the Barkley Marathons twice, but I have never finished, and I probably never will. In fact, in its 28-year history no woman has ever finished. It is the impossible race and I am inexplicably hooked.