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 Northwest 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 113


Laz’s updates

6 day update

vole stare toad race 6 day update. . the race has entered a new phase now. the winners have been decided. the sub 6 runners are all in. . but dont think for a minute that there is any less...

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5.5 day update

vole stare toad race5.5 day update.i cant believe it is night again.the parade has started.i am loving these new trackershaving some idea where the runners are between here and the valley inn is...

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random update 2 – day 5

vole stare toad racerandom update.addison crawled up on some riprap under the interstate overpass and took a nap.revitalized he was sighted charging toward the blue bridge,using two trekking pole...

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random update 1 – day 5

vole stare toad racerandom update.addison is lost 11 miles from the finish.he cannot find no hope roadeven when it is pointed out to him.he may not even finish.

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5 days update

vole stare toad race5 days update.well, the womens race ended much like the mens…after abby mccarthy had taken the lead two days agoand appeared to have the race in hand at 300 miles….she collapsed...

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4.5 day update

vole stare toad race4.5 day update.yes, it is 4.5 days we were up on the rock taking the time of third place peter strickland..and i will have to hurry this along,as we had 3 runners pick up...

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4 day update part 2

vol stare toad race4 day update part 2.i need to hustle up to the rock.john is within 5 miles of the finish!(moving approximately 1 mph up sand mt).peter strickland has staged a comebackand actually...

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4 days

vol stare toad race4 days update part 1.i told you it was going to be a wild nightand i told you timing on sleep breaks would be importantif not decisive….at the time of the last check in john had a...

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3 and a half day update

vol stare toad race 3 and a half day update . the competitive race has suddenly become very exciting… . ok, not suddenly. nothing happens suddenly in the vol state. . during the blistering hot...

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