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

HOTS update…. 168 hours

HOTS update…. 168 hours . in just a little while we will pass the one week mark. it was a wild night up here on the rock. we actually had an hour or so when the rain stopped took the...

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HOTS update…. 156 hours

HOTS update…. 156 hours . has it only been a week? . so, as we head into the last night of the first week we had a memorable day. . rain, rain, and then more rain. 5 more runners finished, but...

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HOTS update hour 144

10 days in june nasty night here on the rock. rained most of the night and the few trips driving in and out are turning the road thru the corn into a quagmire! as you have probably seen 4 runners...

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HOTS update hour 132

very brief, i have to get back to the rock to catch john clarke’s third place finish. gathering my gear for what could turn into a verrrrrry long stretch. off and on rain all day. some got hit...

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HOTS update… 120 hours

5 days under their belts. the last 24 hours in periodic thunderstorms. we lost mike delang and diane taylor overnight. 12 and 13. with bob’s finish yesterday afternoon that leaves 68 runners...

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HOTS Update 108 Hours

bloodbath . lets be honest. day 5 has been a hard one for the runners so far. the last half of day 4 was an endless series of severe storms. the sun "came up" to more of the same. what...

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HOTS Update 96 Hours

the rain came in during the night. it is currently light here at the finish line, but checking the radar our course running northeast is currently almost all getting rain. . some places are getting...

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HOTS update…hour 84

HOTS update…hour 84 . 3.5 days, 4 days of running complete and heading into the 4th night. . the update is late. immediately after posting the morning update we hooked up with carl and drove...

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HOTS update 72 hours

HOTS update… 72 hours . it does what it does and it is what it is . as i sit and watch the totals start to hit the tracker the runners jumping ahead so that i can see what they got in during...

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HOTS 2021 Course