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

36 hours

HOTS 36 hour updatethe race has taken shape now.all day long john clarke pursued bev abbs across the hills and hollers of eastern kentucky.from liberty to philfrom phil to dunnvillefrom dunnville to...

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24 hours

HOTS 24 hour update..remember waking up this morning?yawning, stretching,morning coffee.maybe read the news….imagine insteadwaking up sleeping in the grass behind a roadside signwith a fanny pack...

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12 hours

12 hour update.things get real fast in the heart of the south road race.after winding thru frankfort the field headed to lexington on the old frankfort-lexington pike.they were treated to lots of...

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the start

at 0800 the heart of the south field got up from their repose on the steps of the old kentucky state capital building and headed off down the road.nobody was hurt….yet!will let you know how they...

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bus ride

to everyones surprise the bus ride ended in frankfort kentucky.everyone has their course maps and has surely been studying them,so they know which direction they will be heading from the start… or...

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There have been a lot of discussions here as we prepare to head off into the unknown…In particular, concern has grown over seeming plans to send for crews as soon as the maps are released. Yes,...

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just think

just week from today we will be on those buses!already you will know what compass direction it is to the start.part of me hates that we wont get to exactly follow the course in reverse.but...

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heat acclimation

Seeing all the discussion about training, heat acclimation, etc; I will pass along some information about drops that might (or might not) be useful to the virgins coming to their first run of this...

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HOTS 2021 Course