And ahead of an upcoming gravel race in Tennessee, she was searching for trail events she could take on while she was in the state – completely unaware that the Barkley Marathons was poised to start in Frozen Head State Park.
“It’s so funny you bring that (the Barkley Marathons) up because I’m actually heading to Chattanooga in a couple of weeks for a gravel event,” she said in an in-depth interview with RUN247 which will be published soon.
“And so, I googled Tennessee trail runs just to see if there happened to be any trail races that same weekend or in a similar timeframe because we’re going to be out there for about a week.
“I was looking for some trails to get some runs in and I didn’t even put two and two together that obviously when you google Tennessee trail runs, everything that comes up is Barkley Marathons.”
“So, I went down this rabbit hole and I’m like ‘oh my god maybe it will happen while we’re there’, because it could go off at any time.”
Jackson admitted that she still isn’t completely sure how the world’s craziest race works, but assured that it is definitely something that captures her imagination.
“I still don’t understand how it works or how you would even get in,” she said.
“I definitely think it’s something that intrigues me”
“It’s funny seeing the people that are following it or are super into it. I’ve watched some of the documentaries on it on YouTube or Netflix, so I know a little bit about it but still don’t even understand how it works. It’s certainly intriguing.”
Before Jackson could even consider putting herself in contention for that achievement, she conceded that she would need to work out how to apply – which is notoriously difficult due to the race’s secrecy.
“I’d have to do some more research about how I could get in!” she laughed.
Given Jackson’s glowing reputation, finding out when and where to send Barkley Marathons applications from a previous competitor – which is the only way to enter – should certainly be achievable.