It was a bright spring day in 2018, but Ashley Blake and her training partner Joshua Scott were about to make a discovery with decidedly dark undertones. The pair were running through the forest when a faint rustling caught their attention, so they decided to interrupt their jog and investigate. And there, among the undergrowth, they found five frightened little animals.
The Barkley Fall Classic is a grueling 31-mile race through the Brushy Mountains in Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee. The event is designed to test the limits of runners’ endurance. So, when Blake and Scott signed up to compete in 2018, they knew that they would have to train hard.