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

84 hour update

vole stare toad race… 84 hour update the old king’s reign is down to hours long live the new king! . after 3 and a half days on the road the great vole state toad race is almost ready to...

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72 hour update

vole stare toad race 72 hour update sunday bloody sunday . while we slept the vol state field was savaged. the early morning check-in only shows 15 drops the real number is greater. as defeated...

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60 hour update

vol stare toad race 60 hour update how long has it been since i got on that ferry? . two and a half days is a lifetime. all that extraneous stuff in your previous life has melted away. the worries...

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maybe it is just me.

maybe it is just me. but i dont think any lost gear should ever be returned. if you cant keep track of your stuff when you have to carry everything you own with you then you dont deserve to have it!...

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vol state update 48 hours

please god, let it get hot again it is 0730 and the vol staters have been on the road for two days now. last night was hard. not amazing and wonderful hard. just hard. and we saw some more...

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36 hour update: vol state

36 hour update: vol state they’re all gonna cry . once again the weather dealt the vol staters a big break… . unless they were trying to plan. rather than turning the heat up all...

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vol state 24 hour update

vol state 24 hour update quiet desperation you can’t quite say the sun has risen on the most crucial day of the vol state. there is light, but a layer of fog envelops a world where dew point...

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vol state 12 hour update

vol state 12-hour update . digging holes . the fascinating thing about a race like the vol state is that no two years are the same. one of the defining features of 2023 may turn out to be the 81...

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