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

the darkness grows – random update

vol stare toad race random update . the darkness grows. . outside the sky is growing dark and threatening. the heat is still stifling. but the still air is filled with anticipation. the first...

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day 3 part 2

vol stare toad race day 3 part 2 . so the gap between first and second tightened overnight. both johan and john climbed out of the basin. john is now in manchester at 250 miles, and johan is 7 miles...

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3 days!

vol state road race 3 days . it isnt really quite at 3 days yet. but i figured i would get an early start while waiting on the checkins to fill out. . what are you doing this pretty sunday morning?...

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2.5 days update

vol stare toad race2.5 days.runners are hearing this from the locals all along the route;“just be glad you werent here last week.”“what?”.yes, it is true.last week was...

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48 hours!

vol stare toad race48 hours!.a lonely figure moves beside the firstfrom a distanceit might be a mailbox..but as we get closer it grows into a lonely figuremoving.we have seen them for hours...

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36 hour update

vol stare toad race36 hours update;.john wright solidified his hold on first place during the day today..piecing together sightings and check ins,we think both he and johan took a break for sleep at...

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vol stare toad race: 24 hour update!

vol stare toad race:24 hour update!.while we slept a form began to take shape in the shadows of night.the form of a race….as spectators we knew so little about the runners as they came off the ferry...

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12 hours update

vol stare toad race;.12 hours update:it is easy to forget that there is a race at the front.there is a different breed of humansfor whom running 314 miles is not in and of itself the achievement of...

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and they are off…

way off center!.the actual count turned out to be 113.a lot of them huffing and puffing as they climbed the 134 steps(someone counted)up to the beautiful fulton county courthouse..the mood on the...

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LAVS 2022 Course