THE LAST ANNUAL VOL STATE ROAD RACE 314 Miles

Dorena Landing, MO to Castle Rock, GA

Ordinary People Can Achieve Extraordinary Things

 

 

 

Twice daily tracking will be maintained, and runners wishing to drop will be transported back to their vehicles. Finishers will be shuttled with their vehicles to motels near the finish for a safe sleep before getting behind the wheel. There is no greater freedom than being totally alone on the open road, relying only on your wits, your skill, and your physical ability to cover ground in order to reach the finish line.
Come experience it for yourself.
Jul 14 – Jul 24, 2022
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The Vol-State is not just another ultramarathon. It is much more than that. The Vol-State is a journey, an adventure, and an exploration of inner space. It begins with a ferry ride across the Mississippi River, from Missouri to Kentucky, and finishes at “the Rock,” high atop Sand Mountain in Northeast Georgia. What lies in between are 314 miles of the great unknown. From the time the Vol-Stater steps off the Ferry until they reach the Rock, they are totally reliant upon their own physical and mental resources. For the next four to ten days, in the face of the heat and humidity of July in Tennessee, the Vol-Stater must make their way on foot, along highways and backroads, from one small town to the next, over hills and across rivers, up mountains and down long valleys, all the while accounting for all of their most basic needs; “what will I eat?” “When will I find water?” Where will I sleep?”

Success is not guaranteed. There are no aid stations, teeming with volunteers waiting to tend to your every need and encourage you to continue. There are just miles and miles of empty road. Your friends can follow your progress from afar, but no pacers can carry your burden for you. If you do encounter another runner, theirs is the same desperate plight as your own. You will have doubts. Finishing will often seem an unfathomable dream. Your worst enemy may become the knowledge that an air-conditioned ride to your car at the finish (in the dreaded seat of disgrace”) is but a phone call away.

Many will fail. But, for those who find the steely will and muster the sheer dogged tenacity to overcome the impossible obstacles, and reach the rock on foot, the Vol-State can be a transcendental experience. No words can adequately describe the sense of combined relief and amazement to be experienced at the Rock. No one can explain the regret that this incredible journey has actually come to an end. Former King, Barry Crumrine probably summed up the Vol-State experience as well as it can be put into words;

“I found in myself something that I never knew was there.”

Tracking

The race is underway. It was a festive group of 113

 

Laz’s updates

postscript

113 journeysvole stare toad racepostscript.the roads are open.the rock is empty.the katydid chorus is singing to no one..the 113 who took the ferry have returned to their livesbut there is something...

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9 days 21 hours update

vole stare toad race9 days 21 hours update.home is the runnerhome from the hilland the race staff is going to sleep..everyone is safely off the road!

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10 hours to go update

vole stare toad race10 hours to go update(230 hours).3 finishers and one drop since the last update.the 9 remaining runners were all ahead of oprah at the 12 hour mark.and just now the last one left...

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9 day update!

vole stare toad race9 day update.this is a different race today.over the days we have morphed from the competitive runners trying to winuntil we have today the last 14 runnersjust trying to reach...

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8.5 day update

vole stare toad race 8.5 day update . the race is entering the final stages. only 26 runners are still on the course 62 have finished 26 have dropped along the way. everyone remaining is planning...

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day 8 update (part 2)

vole stare toad raceday 8 update (part 2).more mathbroke this update in half.the laptop is struggling,and remaining charge is unknown.i only hope there is enough left to finish the job this 12...

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8 day update

vole stare toad race8 day update.everything can be stated in numbers.day 7.5 update did not happen.during that time period we were hit by rain events 6 and 7 since we came up here monday at 0200 for...

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7 day update…

vole stare toad race 7 day update… . schuyler stuart found out what is over the next hill; “usually more hills” . yes, they have been living like stray dogs for a week now. some of...

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6.5 day update

vole stare toad race6.5 day update!.the first half of the 7th day the real vol state came to visit.the 63 runners remaining in the race found themselves running right thru the gates of hell..the...

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