Day 6: 2013 Last Annual Vol State 500K Live Blog

Instagram from RIF #1 Josh

Day 6 of the Last Annual Vol State 500K! 2 runners have now completed the 314 mile trek and others are not far behind. They are doing what they need to do to survive out there, just like in Josh’s Instragram photo above. Whether it’s dealing with an angry shin, chaffing, blisters, or whatever. It’s all about managing the pain and suffering. And maybe blocking it out. Good luck to all the runners today!

Check back throughout the day to see how things are going out there!

Links you might find fun/useful:

To catch up on previous days: Day1   Day2   Day3   Day4   Day5  

Last Annual Volstate 500K Spreadsheet & Map – for runner tracking (updated twice a day).
Carl’s 2013 Last Annual Volstate 500K AlbumDay 2 Drive Thru, and Day 3 Photos

Twitter:
RunItFast: @runitfast
Joshua Holmes: @bayou
Shannon Burke: @s4121burke
Dallas Smith:  @smithbend
VS500: #VS500 or #VS500K

Facebook:
UltraJoshua – Facebook page for Joshua Holmes
Last Annual Vol State Road Race - Facebook page for VS500K

So far today:

Lisa: Here are the Top 10, Top 3 Women, and Team Standings as of the 132 Hour Update:

Top 10
1. Joe Fejes – 314 miles (Done! 3 days 8 hours 10 min 16 sec)
2. Alan Abbs – 314 miles (Done! 4 days 11 hours 31 min 27 sec
3. Sung Ho Choi – 314 miles (Done! 4 days 13 hours 39 min 52 sec)
4. John Fegyveresi – 314 miles (Done! 4 days 16 hours 19 min 1 sec)
5. Sal Coll – 314 miles (Done! 5 days 5 hours 52 min 42 sec)
6. Jim Ball – 300 miles
7. Brad Compton – 295 miles
8. Joshua Holmes – 290 miles
9. Richard Westbrook – 272 miles
10. Ray Krolewicz and Joel Gat – 263 miles

Top 3 Women
1. Sherry Meador – 252 miles
2. Psyche Wimberly – 233 miles
3. Diane Bolton – 222 miles

Teams
1. Team Stinky Feet – 314 miles (Done! 2 days 19 hours 14 min 17 sec)
2. Team Country Gentlemen – 314 miles (Done! 4 days 4 hours 5 min 46 sec)
3. Team Two Step – 314 miles (Done! 4 days 12 hours 29 min 12 sec)
4. Team Saturday – 206 miles (No check in at 132 hours)

1 more runner finished today and I’m sure we will see more before the morning check-in. Looks like it was a tough day out there. Let’s hope tomorrow is a little better for them.

Email from Mike Dobies at 9:33 pm:

Vol State – 132 Hour Update

Tracking Sheet:
http://www.tinyurl.com/Volstate2013

Map:
https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=200687420624110668378.0004e1abe2a0aed438945&msa=0&ll=35.773258,-87.407227&spn=2.464453,5.410767

Email from Laz at 5:52 pm:

these people need help (5.5 days)

“i’m ready to quit.”
“you don’t want to quit. you only have 16 miles to go.”
“I am out of water.”
“you are only 200 yards from a store.”
“I don’t think I can make it.”

“someone needs to come and get me”
“are you sure?”
“i just took 2 hours to go 1/2 mile.”

“my feet are covered with blisters and my legs don’t work.”

“i am getting a room and going down.
i don’t know if i will get back up.”

“i am 2 miles from wartrace and there is a fork in the road. i don’t know which way to go.”

“please help me.
i have been sitting in the shade for 2 hours and i don’t remember which way i was going when i got here?”

the only sure way to know that carl has finally dozed off;
his phone rings.
there are some desperate people out there,
and they think carl is the “nice” one….

these people are in trouble.

serious heat showed its ugly face today.
and those who failed to muster superhuman performances are paying the price.
tomorrow should be even hotter.

but relief is on the forecast for Thursday…

severe thunderstorms all day and night.

they call it the vol-state.

laz

Email from Carl Laniak at 1:27 pm:

5:05:52:42 – sal coll

His 2nd finish and a PR.

Carl

Lisa: By the way, John Fegyveresi is one of the few runners to finish the Barkley Marathons. He completed it in 2012 in 59:41:21.

Facebook Post from Diane Bolton’s crew Phil Min (Diane is looking great – Go Diane!):

Lisa: Abi Meadows shared her photos from yesterday. They are very cool: Vol State 2013 7/15/13

Lisa: Here are the Top 10, Top 3 Women, and Team Standings as of the 120 Hour Update:

Top 10
1. Joe Fejes – 314 miles (Done! 3 days 8 hours 10 min 16 sec)
2. Alan Abbs – 314 miles (Done! 4 days 11 hours 31 min 27 sec
3. Sung Ho Choi – 314 miles (Done! 4 days 13 hours 39 min 52 sec)
4. John Fegyveresi – 314 miles (Done! 4 days 16 hours 19 min 1 sec)
5. Sal Coll – 295 miles
6. Jim Ball – 279 miles
7. Joshua Holmes – 266 miles
8. Brad Compton – 260 miles
9. Richard Westbrook – 240 miles
10. Ray Krolewicz, Sherry Meador, and Joel Gat – 233 miles

Top 3 Women
1. Sherry Meador – 233 miles
2. Psyche Wimberly – 215 miles
3. Dusty Hardman – 202 miles

Teams
1. Team Stinky Feet – 314 miles (Done! 2 days 19 hours 14 min 17 sec)
2. Team Country Gentlemen – 314 miles (Done! 4 days 4 hours 5 min 46 sec)
3. Team Two Step – 314 miles (Done! 4 days 12 hours 29 min 12 sec)
4. Team Saturday – 206 miles

4 runners and 3 teams are done now! Who will finish today?

Email from Mike Dobies at 11:27 am:

Vol State – 120 Hour Update

Tracking Sheet:
http://www.tinyurl.com/Volstate2013

Map:
https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=200687420624110668378.0004e1a353bfd90c964ef&msa=0&ll=35.514343,-86.377258&spn=1.236278,2.705383

Sorry for the delay, but my vacation is over… and my boss doesn’t have the same enthusiasm for Vol State that I do.

Also, fixed the “Race Time:” in the script to show finishing times, if applicable. (I’ll fix the old maps when I get a chance.)

Email from Laz at 9:58 am:

the great road race (5 days)

the winners are already back at work,
but the racing continues.

sal coll looks to be next in line to finish.
he passed jim ball last night on the mountain
(after a heated 2-day pursuit).
as sal described the dramatic moment;
“he was sitting on a bench in monteagle.”

there is a lot of passing back and forth.
but passes in the last 30 or 40 miles are significant.

individual struggles continue all the way back.
struggles against the race,
struggles against other runners.
struggles against a variety of physical ailments.

on the other hand,
impromptu teams face the demons together.
after days and nights spent on the road
total strangers have become fast friends and staunch allies.

the biggest battles are being fought by those dueling with oprah.

after a valiant fight,
tj watched oprah go past last night.
he has a crew now,
so he can make a last desperate attempt to reel her back in.
(we won’t go and do a manatory pick-up if he is self reliant)
but oprah is relentless, if slow.

her pace never varies.

the teams of walker & taylor,
and kowalski & giant backpack
staved off disaster last night;
linden to Columbia is always a challenge at the back of the pack,
forcing strategy changes to reach the halfway mark
ahead of the cutoff.

jan/diane and joe/GB made it,
but oprah remains just out of sight behind them.
their battles are far from over.
every day will be a challenge from here on out
cutoff by cutoff
to reach that magic mark before oprah,
and buy another day on the road.

the winners are already back at work…

for those battling oprah,
the race is only half over.

laz

Lisa: Ah…life on the road! LOL!

Lisa: The worst part about living on the west coast is I feel like I miss so much! Here’s what happened overnight and this morning so far…

Instagram post from Josh at 8:53 am:

Tweet from Dallas at 7:02 am:

Tweet from Josh at 6:45 am:

Tweet from Dusty Hardman @notfastsoigofar at 6:01 am:

Email from Carl Laniak at 12:06 am:

John fegyveresi – 4:16:19:01

Tread was worn off of his shoes, he ate it in the mud pit at mile 313.5

Carl

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