THE LAST ANNUAL HEART OF THE SOUTH ROAD RACE

Gaffney, SC to Castle Rock, GA

332 Miles

The runners will assemble on Wednesday morning (Jun 16), park their vehicles in a hayfield atop Sand Mountain in North Georgia, and board tour buses. The only thing they will know about their destination is that it will be between 300 and 350 miles away. Once they arrive, they will be able to access maps of the course they will take to get them back to their vehicles. After an overnight stay in a hotel, the field will be bused to the start the following morning. From there, with only the supplies they can carry or obtain along the way, they have 10 days to get back.
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.
June 17 – June 27, 2021
Laz's Daily Updates

The race is underway. It was a festive group of 76.

Laz’s updates

180 hour update

180 hr update(3 days to go) We had to skip the 7 day update this morning,there is always some point during the raceswhen a perfect little storm comes upand derails the routine. Anyway, early this...

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156 hr update

156 hr update(4 days to go) More to do. We have a podium of finishers.Addison Hendricks fulfilled a dream today,many years in the making.It took a quality effort to overcome two previous Last Annual...

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Heart of the South

People across Alabama may have noticed something a bit out of the ordinary over the past week or so. Runners and walkers passing through towns that don’t frequently see pedestrians, especially...

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144 day update

144 hr update(4.5) days to go) “I just wanna be done.” For days the only thing to focus onhas been to make miles,to reach the next store…But now what seemed impossible,the finish,just...

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132 hr update

132 hr update(5 days to go) Everyone is more than half way! We did lose two more today,lower extremity issues can be brutal.19 warriors still on the road.Nothing will come easy.The feet are already...

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120 hr update

120 hr update(5.5 days to go) For the firs time in the entire race,we have gone 12 hours without a drop. Well, maybe that’s not entirely true.We did have two make the call overnight…But they...

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108 hr update

108 hr update(6 days to go) Something special. Ultrarunners are unique amongst humans.They want to push themselves.They train their bodies and minds to be able to endure.They savor the...

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96 hr update

96 hr update(6.5 days to go) Digging deep. Over and over,these runners have felt their lower lip quiver.Over and over,they have let the tears flow. and yet, over and over,they have taken another...

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84 hr update

84 hr update(a week to go) Apologies for the short update, the long meatwagon drive meant I couldn’t visit with any of the runners still on the course. The beatings will continue until morale...

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HOTS 2021 Course