Klecker was a good, but not great, marathon runner in the late 1970s. He won the Grandma's Marathon in 1978 with a time of 2:18:42. He also won the 1977 and 1978 City of Lakes Marathon and earned a second place at Chicago in 1978. His PR was said to be 2:15 or 2:16. Barney began to run Ultras in order to prepare for this marathons. He ran under 3 hours for 50k (31.11 miles) many times. His crowning achievement is his still standing American Record in the 50 mile race of 4:51:25. Yes, that is 5:49 pace for 50 miles. At the time his mark was a World Record as well. In 2010 Barney was inducted into the American Ultrarunning Hall of Fame. He is married to Janis Klecker (Horns) who qualified for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in the Marathon with Barney as her coach.
|Klecker with his famous snowshoes|