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WATCH: Jasmin Paris Becomes First Woman To Complete The Barkley Marathons

The 40-year-old mother from Scotland defied all expectations in the most historic edition of the Barkley Marathons in 59:58:21

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Few events command the reverence and mystique of the Barkley Marathons in the world of endurance racing. This grueling test of athletes’ physical and mental limits, held annually in the unforgiving terrain of Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee, has long been regarded as one of the world’s most challenging ultramarathon

Runners must navigate a series of unmarked trails, dense forests, and steep ascents, all while contending with unpredictable weather and sleep deprivation.

Completing a single loop of the course, which spans approximately 20 miles and has 10,000 feet of elevation gain, is considered a monumental achievement. Yet the Barkley Marathons demands five loops within a stringent 60-hour time limit to earn a place in the most elite club in the world.

With a reputation for defeating even the most seasoned athletes, it stood as an unbeaten barrier for women seeking to etch their names into its lore. For years, women were applauded for making it through just one loop, but no one ever made it to the final loop. 

That is until Jasmin Paris, a trailblazer in her own right, shattered expectations and made history as the first woman to conquer the Barkley Marathons.

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The fan favorite of this year’s Barkley Marathons was Jasmin Paris, and rightfully so. 

Paris’ accolades prior to the Barkley Marathons are marked by a series of feats that have captivated audiences worldwide. Notably, her triumph at the Montane Winter Spine Race in 2019, where she shattered the course record by over 12 hours while expressing breastmilk for her infant daughter, propelled her into the ultrarunning spotlight.

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This extraordinary achievement, coupled with her unwavering determination, drew the attention of none other than Lazarus Lake, the mastermind behind the Barkley Marathons.

Lake, a discerning observer of endurance athletics, identified in Paris the potential to rewrite history at his infamous race. 

His foresight proved prescient as Paris embarked on her Barkley odyssey. In her debut attempt in 2022, Paris became the first woman in a decade to complete a ‘Fun Run,’ conquering three loops within the stringent 40-hour timeframe.

Throughout the 2024 edition, anticipation grew with each loop Paris completed. On the edge of their seats, the world followed the online updates throughout the final hours of the event.

Even before crossing the line of the Barkley’s, Paris had already broken some records as the first woman to complete three loops three times, the fastest female time for that distance, and the first female to start the final loop.

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As the hours ticked away, Paris’ relentless pursuit of the Barkley Marathon’s elusive finish line captured the imagination of spectators worldwide. Her tenacity and grit served as an inspiration to everyone following along at home and even her competitors who raced alongside her.

In a historic moment that reverberated across the ultrarunning community, Jasmin Paris crossed the Barkley Marathon’s finish line in a time of 59:58:21, becoming the first woman to conquer this legendary race.

Her accomplishment shattered long-held perceptions and highlighted the limitless potential of female athletes in the world of ultra-running. As the first woman to conquer the Barkley Marathons, Paris has etched her name into the ultrarunning history books and set a new standard for future Barkley’s.

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Jessy has been active her whole life, competing in cross-country, track running, and soccer throughout her undergrad. She pivoted to road cycling after completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology with Nutrition from Acadia University. Jessy is currently a professional road cyclist living and training in Spain.

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