On Friday, October 13, 2017 Gary Robbins and Ethan Newberry came to Seattle to show ‘Where Dreams Go To Die‘ a documentary about Gary’s experience at The Barkley Marathon in 2016 and 2017.
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I was lucky enough to get selected as a volunteer to help out with the event and meet Gary, Ethan, Kim and some of the other folks that made the evening a success. If you attended the event, I was one of your (two) ticket takers checking names off. Many thanks to everyone who attended. You were kind and gracious, despite the long line to get into the show!
An extra assignment for showing up early was getting to string the maps, torn out book pages and bibs to the walls. Apologies, as I’m now realizing that not all the correct numbers were facing outward. There is a possibility that Gary had a bib number of 86, but I’d have to re-watch the film to be sure.
What am I talking about? One of the quirks with The Barkley is that with every loop a runner gets a new bib. Out on the course the runner needs to rip a page from a book that corresponds with their number. For example, Gary had bib number 39 for one loop, meaning he had to tear out the page with the number 39 on it in every book and bring them all back to camp to show Laz. Laz is The Barkley race director, a.k.a. Gary Cantrell, a.k.a. Lazarus Lake. If my explanation doesn’t make sense, it will once you watch the film.
Both Gary and Ethan said a few words before the movie began. The hall was packed with over 700 attendees.
And yes, the movie was fantastic. If the tour is coming through your town or within driving distance, go see it!
Until next time, keep running!