Dorena Landing, MO to Castle Rock, GA

Ordinary People Achieving 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 13 – Jul 22, 2023
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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.”

Vol State 2023

It was a festive group of 120.

The race is over!! See you next year. Check below for 2023 Results and Laz’s updates


Laz’s updates

240 hour update

vole stare toad race…. 240 hour update . as the clock ticked down toward the final minutes a lonely figure came down cheesegrater road to the gate. the steady clickety clickety that had...

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220 hour update

vole stare toad race… 220 hour update . sorry for the parsity of updates over the last couple of days. with all the storms most of the electronics have been safely stored… . and we have...

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192 hour update

vole stare toad race…. 192 hour update . no update happened last night. the battering by yesterday afternoon’s thunderstorm holocaust turned the finish into a disaster zone. and the...

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186 hour update

vole stare toad race… 186 hour update the fullest week . sorry for the delay. the rain stopped so we have some power from carl’s generator but there is what passes for a stream of...

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hour 137 update

vole stare toad race…..hour 137 update 314 . the runners are taking sweet revenge on the staff this year. as of check-in this morning runners were distributed every 3-5 miles all the way from...

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132 hour update

vole stare toad race… 132 hour update. . not much time. we managed to find a few moments to come down off the mountain. but the next runner is already on the way to the rock, with many more...

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120 hr (halfway) update

vole stare toad race … 120 hour (halfway) update tell these people to spread out! . after a pretty near sleepless night on the rock it looks like a grim day today. one is in the corn, one on...

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108 hour update

vole stare toad race… 108 hour update . may god have mercy on the voles . i went out at noon today and did 8 miles. this was the first time it actually hurt… . according to my weather...

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96 hour update

vole stare toad race… 96 hour update that isnt the barn you smell… . it is you! . day 5 dawns with two runners already home. 44 miles back up the course addison hendricks has put in a...

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