The Finishers
The Barkley Marathons

A glorious photographic record of the superhumans who have completed the Barkley Marathons, one of the most mythical races on earth

  • Funding ended
  • 715 backers
  • $60,519.09 of $52,715.60 pledged
Funded 114%
  • Funding ended
  • 715 backers
  • $60,519.09 of $52,715.60 pledged
Funded 114%

Overview

It is a race like no other: there is no website to take entries; participants are selected from those who find a way to submit written applications and the $1.60 entry fee; only around 40 people are chosen to run, with condolences from the race director. The course, based in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee, was inspired by the failed escape of James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King Jr’s assassin, amid the unforgiving landscape and vegetation where Ray’s prison was based. Runners must complete five roughly 20-mile loops – those who manage to complete only three laps are deemed to have achieved the ‘fun run’ – with a total elevation climb equal to two ascents of Mount Everest. Since 1986, only 15 people have ever finished. This exceptional publication celebrates their superhuman achievements.

The Barkley Marathons is the brainchild of Gary ‘Lazarus Lake’ Cantrell. There are sporting events, cult sporting events, and sporting events whose conception and pure mileage are inconceivable even to those who live for endurance: it is the ultimate ultra. Until relatively recently, the event was known only by true insiders, but with the increasing popularity of trail running and the race’s inaccessibility to anyone except the participants and a handful of media, it has attained mythical status.

Thanks to ultrarunning photographer Alexis Berg and L’Équipe journalist Aurélien Delfosse, we now have a record of these superhumans – many of whom are unknown in sporting circles – who have completed the race. Crisscrossing the United States to meet each finisher, Berg and Delfosse travelled from New Hamsphire to Oregon via New Mexico, Colorado, California and Utah, capturing stunning photographs and in-depth interviews with the finishers. Originally published in French and quickly sold out, the result is not only a testament of triumphs and tragedies but a portrait of humble people who have achieved something extraordinary. These stories inspire awe, respect and reflection at the limit of the human spirit.

Photographer

Alexis Berg

Authors

Aurélien Delfosse and Alexis Berg

Foreword

Gary Cantrell aka Lazarus Lake

Genre

Sports/Photography

Specification

280 x 220 mm
320 pages
Hardcover with blind-stamping and fold-out bellyband

Launched to coincide with the 2021 Barkley Marathons, taking place on 18 March.

This campaign is now closed and The Finishers is in production. For those who missed out, it is still possible to pre-order the book for a limited period here →

Rewards

Book

• Your name in the book
• Exclusive updates

Special edition

• Exclusive slipcase and cover design
• Photographic print signed and numbered
• Your name in the book
• Exclusive updates

3 × books

• Discounted price
• Your name in the book
• Exclusive updates

Book Early Bird

• Reduced price
• Your name in the book
• Exclusive updates

Funding successful. This project closed on Tuesday, April 20 2021 6:00 pm UTC +00:00.

All pledges will be refunded in full if the funding goal is not met within the allotted time.

 

The book

As with the race itself, the book is a multilayered journey of discovery, combining atmospheric landscape photography with candid portraiture, extensive interviews with a range of contextualizing essays, raw data with gentle testimonies – all compiled in an exceptional design with the highest-quality print production.

At the book’s heart are in-depth interviews with the finishers. Capturing the spirit of their legendary achievements and the modesty with which they live their daily routines far from the torturous course, the interviews distill hundreds of hours of transcripts to provide unique insights into the minds and mentalities of those who have conquered the Barkley Marathons.

Providing further background are essays on a range of subjects connected to the race – from the cultures of ultrarunning to the story behind the prison that haunts the race – alongside detailed race data for each of the finishers, blending granular and aerial perspectives seldom provided in sportsbooks on any subject.

The many facets are brought together in artfully designed pages that mix – like the emotion of the race itself – self-reflection and physical torment, beautifully packaged in a cover blind-embossed with the names of each finisher.

At the Barkleys, success is about overreaching our abilities, and living to tell about it. Sometimes success is getting your ass out alive.

Lazarus Lake, founder of the Barkley Marathons

The special edition

For those seeking a truly unique record of The Barkley Marathons, Volume is producing a collector’s edition, limited to 200 copies. Set in a slipcase with an exclusive design featuring a contour map of the terrain of the race and accompanied by a photographic print signed by Alexis Berg, this volume is only available in connection with this campaign.

Accompanying the special edition is an exclusive print that evokes the spirit, isolation, aura and magnificence of the Barkley Marathons. Produced only for this edition and signed by Alexis Berg, it measures 215 x 275 mm and is reproduced on a high-grade photographic print paper that brings the image to life.

I handled LSD well, I never had a bad trip, so when I think back, I think that was a part of my Barkley training.

Jonathan Basham, Finisher 9

It’s 100 miles in 60 hours. That works out at waaay less than two miles an hour. There are grandmothers who could walk at that pace.

Brian Robinson, Finisher 7

Meet the authors

Alexis Berg is one of the world’s premier sports journalists. Specializing in long-distance events, often in hard-to-reach locations, particularly in the mountains, Berg has captured some of the world’s most challenging races and extraordinary humans. His passion for the Barkley Marathons, for which he has also produced a film with his friend Aurélien Delfosse, arose from the unique circumstances of the race’s founder, landscape and participants.

Since 2013 Aurélien Delfosse has been a journalist for L’Équipe, one of the world’s leading newspapers devoted to sports. He has also produced multimedia narratives and documentaries.

Final shipping update

51 comments

Dear backer,

As you know, copies of The Finishers are currently in transit to us from the printers and we just wanted to let you know that with the supply chain delays that the world is currently facing, unfortunately we won’t be able to ship out copies until the new year.

We do sincerely apologise for the inconvenience and understand any frustration you might be feeling, but hope you find comfort in knowing that you will receive your copy before the next Barkley Marathon begins.

Thank you so much for your patience and support of this inspiring project. In sports, they often say ‘it’s the taking part that counts’ and that certainly rings true, as we couldn’t have done it without you.

Kind regards,

Beth Siveyer
Volume Community Manager

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51 Replies to “Final shipping update”

  1. Anar Seyf

    Received mine today (fitting since the 2022 Barkley has just ended). This is a masterpiece, a real treasure.

    One tiny mistake I’ve noticed: the dust jacket, which lists all the results through the years, is missing the names of two of the finishers for the year 2012.

  2. James Phelps

    Hi Beth- trying to interpret the other comments… are tracking numbers available for individual US shipments? If so, can you send mine?
    Thanks

    1. Beth

      Hi James, yes that’s correct – can you please email me at bs@vol.co. Thanks!

  3. Gillian Shorter

    Hi, can you send me the tracking number for my package please. I am in the UK.
    Thanks
    Gillian

    1. Beth

      Hi Gillian, could you please contact me at bs@vol.co. Thanks!

  4. Christophe Stahl

    Sent another email earlier today and just read the most recent posts for deliveries in the US. At this point I regret backing this book. It is the 3rd time and most likely the last time I help financing. Changing distributor as another reason for a delay just set bad karma on this book. I wish I could just cancel and get my money back. Still not getting this book 2 and a half months after the first deliveries is really disappointing. If Beth was not answering each question it would certainly look like a scam. I hope the authors realize it was a mistake working with vol.co

    1. Beth

      Hi Christophe, we’re sincerely sorry that US orders have been so slow to ship. As I write the warehouse has confirmed they will begin shipping out our orders at long last. We recognise that in this aspect, our performance has been well below par and will strive to ensure this does not occur again. We are incredibly proud of the book however, so we hope that you’ll be pleased with the final result of your kind support, despite the monumental wait. I’ll drop you a line via email now to follow up personally. Kind regards.

  5. jacobhardingproffer

    I see there’s another shipping delay mentioned. With this in mind, can updates be made via the Updates page as posts please? Last post was two months ago. Would be great to receive updates there instead of in the comments.

    1. Beth

      Hi Jacob, I’ve just sent you an email regarding your tracking number. Thanks!

    2. Beth

      Hi Jacob! Thank you for your suggestion – although there is no way of filtering updates by recipients countries, I will pass on your comments and see if it’s possible for us to do an update on the US orders as a post.

  6. Richard Ehrmann

    Has any USA backer received the book yet?

    1. Beth

      Hi Richard,

      Unfortunately there has been another hold up with our US distributor processing orders of The Finishers due to a failure with their inputting system. As you know, we were expecting your delivery to have already arrived but have been informed that it could take another 1-2 weeks for your order to be delivered. As soon as we have received tracking information, we will forward it on to you.

      We sincerely apologise again for the huge delay and inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.

  7. Jordan Edwards

    Hi Beth,
    We still haven’t received our 2 books. Each book is being delivered to a different location in Texas. Any updates on tracking would be much appreciated.
    Thank you!

    1. Beth

      Hi Jordan, I’ve sent you an email regarding your tracking number. Thanks!

    2. Beth

      Hi Jordan,

      We’ve been facing a lot of delays due to the pandemic and still recovering from supply chain issues from the end of 2021 – on top of that, we recently changed to a different US distributor where setting up our account and systems has taken much longer than we expected, causing a knock-on effect on deliveries. Unfortunately, I cannot provide you with any tracking just yet but hope you can take my word as comfort that your books will be coming and that I’m doing everything I can to speed up the process.

      Sincere apologies and thank you again for your remarkable patience.

  8. Lennart Deroo

    Hello! I had to pay 20€ extra customs import costs for shipment to Belgium? I was contacted by Bpost (delivery service) to do so. If not, they would return the package… Could you please let me know why you have organised it like this without any communication?

    1. Beth

      Hi Lennart!

      Since last year, once UK deliveries are passed into the EU, they become subject to VAT (the rate being different in each country) which unfortunately has to be paid by the recipient. We’re looking at setting up a presence in the EU to charge this VAT at the point of purchase, however since this system is relevantly new, we’re still assessing the best solution for our customers. We understand that not presenting this information to our customers was an oversight, and we’re currently updating our website to inform our customers about these charges.

      We sincerely apologise for not communicating this with you, and for the inconvenience caused.

  9. Kathleen Braun

    Hi Beth,
    I live in Wisconsin (north of Chicago in US). Any updates as to when my book might arrive it if there is tracking? Based on the posted comments I thought maybe it would arrive last week.
    Thanks!
    Kathy Braun

    1. Beth

      Hi Kathy, I’ve sent you an email regarding your tracking number. Thanks!

    2. Beth

      Hi Kathleen, we’re expecting for US orders to arrive next week – if your order still hasn’t arrived by the end of next week, contact me and I’ll be able to track it down for you. We sincerely apologise for the long delay and thank you for your patience!

  10. Mercedes Parzuch

    Hi. I’ve had a pending FedEx order coming from York, PA since December and I’m wondering if it would be this book shipment?

    1. Beth

      Hi Mercedes, I’ve just sent you an email regarding your tracking number. Thanks!

    2. Beth

      Hi Mercedes, US order of The Finishers were shipped after December, so I don’t think it’s from us. However, we’re expecting for US orders to arrive next week. We sincerely apologise for the long delay and thank you for your patience!

  11. Richard Ehrmann

    No shipment received yet – USA order, anyway to get additional info?
    Thank you!

    1. Beth

      Hi Richard, I’ve just sent you an email regarding your tracking number. Thanks!

    2. Beth

      Hi Richard, we’re expecting for US orders to arrive next week. We sincerely apologise for the long delay and thank you for your patience!

  12. jacobhardingproffer

    Hey folks,

    Real excited to receive my copy of The Finishers. I see it was mentioned that Chicago based orders should be arriving soon. Should I assume that Michigan should be arriving soon as well? Will we receive any shipment notification?

    1. Beth

      Hi Jacob, we’re expecting for US orders to arrive next week. We sincerely apologise for the long delay and thank you for your patience!

  13. Christophe Stahl

    Hi Beth,
    I just sent you an email before noticing we can actually leave a comment here.
    I am in Los Angeles and read above that for Chicago it should arrive this week, so I assume same for here. I will contact you again if needed then.
    BTW your auto-reply still says “We are closed from the 22nd of December until the 4th of January.”
    Today is February the 8th
    Sincerely,
    Christophe Stahl

    1. Beth

      Hi Christophe, I’ve just replied to your email!

  14. Jeremiah Hayes

    Hi Beth – great to hear about US shipments in transit. Is there tracking info for these shipments?

    1. Beth

      Hi Jeremiah, I’ve just sent you an email regarding your tracking number. Thanks!

    2. Beth

      Hi Jeremiah, we currently don’t have automatic tracking set up once dispatched but if you still haven’t received your order by the end of next week then let me know and I can contact the fulfilment centre to check the status of your delivery. Thanks!

  15. Paul Kelvington

    Hi Beth,
    Excitedly waiting the arrival of The Finishers! When might arrival in Chicago be?
    Thanks for everything,

    Paul Kelvington

    1. Beth

      Hi Paul, I’ve just sent you an email regarding your tracking number. Thanks!

    2. Beth

      Hi Paul, US orders are currently in transit so you should hopefully receive your copy by next week. Thanks!

  16. Jonathan Bustamonte

    Last email I received was on November 27th stating that books were due to ship mid-December. I tried emailing for any updates and received an automated response that office is closed until January 4th.

    1. Beth

      Hi Jonathan, I’ve just sent you an email regarding your tracking number. Thanks!

    2. Beth

      Hi Jonathan, we’re expecting for US orders to arrive next week. We sincerely apologise for the long delay and thank you for your patience!

    3. Beth

      Hi Jonathan, we replied to your email yesterday. Thanks!

  17. Mat Vaughan

    Hi Beth, can you give me an eta on when my copy of ‘The Finishers’ is due to be shipped…. or if it is already on its way to Australia….? Mat Vaughan

    1. Beth

      Hi Mat! European and ‘rest of world’ orders of The Finishers are currently in transit, so you should receive your copy very soon. Please let me know if you still haven’t received it by the end of next week. Thanks!

  18. Lennart Deroo

    Hi! Is it normal that I have to pay 20€ extra customs import costs for shipment to Belgium? I was contacted by Bpost to do so. If not, they will return the package…

  19. Jason Leavy

    Hi Beth

    any update on delivery? I’m in the Rep of Ireland.

    Jason

    1. Beth

      Hi Jason, we received the special editions later than expected but orders were shipped out at the end of last week, so hopefully it should be with you by next week. Please let me know if not! Thanks.

  20. Jeremiah Hayes

    What’s the latest? How have some received their books already?

    1. Beth

      Due to the Christmas break, we were only able to ship copies to UK customers at the end of December and the beginning of January. However, we are expecting to ship out orders to the US within the next couple of weeks!

  21. dougal morrison

    Xmas Eve, Its arrived !! Thank you

    1. Beth

      So glad to hear that you’ve received your copy – Happy New Year!

  22. Chuck Cofer

    Hi, Beth. Thanks for this and the previous update. Putting this and that together, I assume the Barkley volumes were printed in Asia. I’ve had mixed results with Asian printers … hoping for the best! Cheers, Chuck Cofer

    1. Beth

      You’re right that our books are printed in Asia but to a very high standard!

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