Episode 81 is another interview the enigmatic Lazarus Lake. Laz (real name Gary Cantrell) is an endurance race designer and director. His unusual races include the Barkley Marathons, Big's Backyard Ultra, Barkley Fall Classic, and The Vol State 500K. In 2018, he walked across the United States, starting in Rhode Island and ending in Oregon.
This year he organized the Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee (#GVRAT), which started on May 1st and ended four months later. During that period (123 days), the more than 19,000 participants - from all over the world - averaged over 5 miles per day to run (virtually from their hometown/country) a total of 635miles / 1021km, and so crossing virtually the entire state of Tennessee.
I first met Laz at the 2018 Barkley Fall Classic, then again at the actual Barkley marathons in 2019. As you will find, he is a very interesting guy and lots of fun to talk to.
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