The show hosts seemed a bit intimidated by Cantrell's style. For instance, when they asked him where runners might find information about entering his event, Cantrell replied, "ask around." At the end of the show, the hosts ask each guest about their favorite beer. Some may comment about pale ale or a specific brand. Cantrell only paused and stated "cold."
You can listen to the podcast for additional entertainment. But the episode did surprise me, as the hosts of ultrarunnerposcast.com had not heard of Cantrell, or the Barkley Marathons, prior to the podcast. Maybe that's a California thing, but it begs the question: Does the historical aspect of our sport have meaning?
I'm a professor at Appalachian State University. We offer portal courses for students coming into our communication program, content that sets the foundation for future study. Makes me wonder if master competitors should carry the flag high and push for more foundational teaching in ultrarunning.
Here's a few questions to fire off the first exam:
1) Who was Jim King?
2) Who was Steve Warshawer and what's he doing today?
3) Do you know what really happened between Ann Trason and the Tarahumara Indians when they raced for the lead at Leadville?
If anyone can answer the above, drop a comment and I'll feature you in an upcoming post.