8Dorena 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 8 – Jul 18, 2021
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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.”


The race is underway. It was a festive group of 106


Laz’s updates

there is a lot of living to do…

carl and i were talking about the vol state yesterday, and how it has provided a fascinating view of collective human potential. . it has not been that long ago that there was a huge gap between...

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the pressure is on

sometimes the strategy is different than you expect. here is a strategy that works really well if you can execute it: just blow everyone’s doors off! . making passes thru the field all day we...

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24 hours in

24 hours in, and time to take stock. . some quick observations: 1) the runners seem to have come thru the storm fine,  none were made of sugar and melted in the rain. none had lost so much...

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Day 1

sorry for the lateness of the update. the vol state hit the ground running, and there were things to take care of first. . what can you say about the first day? after all the anticipation, the best...

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twas the night before vol state

twas the night before vol state and all thru the motel not a runner was stirring… .except one sitting outside his room watching ‘america’s got talent’ on his phone. . what do...

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the journey really starts tomorrow

the journey really starts tomorrow, . i will be up before the sun, heading high into the north georgia mountains to a parking lot cut into a cornfield on a remote mountaintop. . there i will meet a...

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screwed . it is that time of the year again, when the tiresome discussion over what constitutes running “screwed” in the vol state begins. . of course,  there are no divisions kept...

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LAVS 2021 Course