Day 3: The Vol State 500K Live Blog/Standings (2015)
The heat is starting to knock out or severely effect everyone as King Greg Armstrong slowed considerably during the night along with the rest of his pack leading court. Armstrong had 179 miles after the first 48 hours as Day 3 started. Johan Steene had closed the gap to 5 miles back with 174 and John Fegyveresi had moved up to third with 146 miles. Jeremy Ebel is close behind Fegy with 143 miles.
The top women remained Lisa Van Wolde and Marylou Corino with 139 miles. Marcia Rasmussen had an amazing night as she moved up to third woman with 125 miles. Francesca Muccini is a bit back at 118 miles.
48 Hour Vol State 500K Standings 7:30am Saturday, July 11th (74 Runners, 6 DNFs)
- Greg Armstrong – 179 miles (17 miles behind of course record pace)
- Johan Steene – 174 miles
- John Fegyveresi – 146 miles
- Jeremy Ebel – 143 miles
- Lisa Van Wolde – 139 miles (F)
- Marylou Corino – 139 miles (F)
- Jay Dobrowalski – 138 miles
- Marcia Rasmussen – 125 miles (F)
- Michael Callans – 123 miles
- Francesca Muccini – 118 miles (F)
- James Adams – 116 miles
- Steven Smith – 114 miles
- Andrea Stewart – 112 miles
- Jeff McGonnell – 112 miles
- Bo Millwood – 111 miles
- Karen Jackson – 111 miles
- Jeffrey Stephens – 110 miles
- Tim Purol – 110 miles
- David Lettieri – 110 miles
- Thomas Alm – 110 miles
- Nathan Dewall- 108 miles
- Sherry Meador – 106 miles
- Sal Coll – 106 miles
- Edward Masuoka – 106 miles
- Scott Krouse – 106 miles
- Caleb Nolen – 105 miles
- Timothy Dailey – 105 miles
- Lisa Hazlett – 104 miles
- Rick Gray – 104 miles
- Allen Wrinkle – 102 miles
- Thomas Skinner – 102 miles
- Gina Chupka – 102 miles
- John Sharp – 102 miles
- Shane Tucker – 101 miles
- Sandy Geisel – 100 miles
- Mike Delang – 100 miles
- Christopher Knight – 98 miles
- Gregg Ellis – 98 miles
- Fred Davis III – 95 miles
- Richard Westbrook – 94 miles
- Joshua Swink – 93 miles
- Tom Dekornfield – 93 miles
- Joe Ninke – 92 miles
- Christian McMahon – 92 miles
- Ben Herron – 92 miles
- Bill Haecker – 92 miles
- Curt Chambers – 92 miles
- Dale Rucker – 92 miles
- Ronald Trignano – 91 miles
- Jseph Kowalski – 91 miles
- Johnny Adams – 91 miles
- Shelly Mack – 90 miles
- Lynda Webber – 89 miles
- Sergio Bianchini – 89 miles
- Don Winkley – 89 miles
- Ally Gregory – 88 miles
- John Price – 84 miles
- Gilbert Gray – 83 miles
- Remy Brandefalk – 83 miles
- Jameelah Abdul-Rahim – 82 miles
- Dallas Smith – 82 miles
- John Rasmussen – 82 miles
- Richard McKnight – 82 miles
- Paul Heckert – 82 miles
- Troy Johnson – 81 miles
- Cathie Johnson – 81 miles
- Jay Hamilton – 77 miles
- Tim Loudermilk – 75 miles
- Tony Varney – 71 miles
- Ann Kerkman – 71 miles
- Garry Price – 70 miles
- Diane Taylor – 69 miles
- Terrie Wurzbacher – 69 miles
- Ben Pennington – 68 miles
DID NOT FINISH (6): Sue Scholl mile 107, Brian Pickett mile 78, Betty Holder 56 miles, Michael Melton mile 54, Amanda McMahon mile 45, Larry Phillips mile 39
Shane Tucker hits mile 100 of The Vol State 500K.
The fuel of uncrewed runner Gregg Ellis getting back on the road.
“These words don’t even come close to describing what lies ahead… We took a left at despair yesterday and are headed straight into purgatory!” – Shelley Armstrong (Greg’s wife)
2013 finisher Diane Bolton caught up with Steven Smith (who looks barely awake/alive) and his crewman Bill Baker.
Gregg Ellis hits mile 100 of the Vol State 500K. 214 more miles to go!
The locals in Lexington, TN welcome Troy and Cathie Johnson to town!
Race leader Greg Armstrong, sporting the Run It Fast colors, during a very hot and exposed part of the Vol State 500K as he approaches Lewisburg, TN.
Laz’s Day 3 Mid-Day Report:
nothing is decided, yet
so greg did not have the night he had hoped for,
neither did johan.
but, the gap between them closed by half.
5 miles apart,
they fight on into the heat of day 3.
fegys took the lead in the chasing pack.
but ebel, corino, van wolde, and dobrawalski are all within 8 miles.
nothing has been decided amongst them.
day 3 stretches out in front of us.
undefined, as yet.
a story as yet unwritten.
“Vol State Day 3. 35 miles competed. 116 total. Some logistical issues and the hottest day yet made me decide to call it for the day. It was awesome passing the 100 mark. Thanks to everyone for following along” – Shane Tucker
“It’s funny taking showers and putting same ole nasty clothes back on. Kinda defeats the purpose. #smellinglikeagoat” – Gregg Ellis
“Raw inner thigh. Triple ointment & Band Aid. Then body glide. Law makes you wear shorts
#VolState500k” – Dallas Smith
“Hoping for a big 45 mile day at Vol State 500k. Everything feels good, mentally great, blisters have been a nonissue, heat is totally reasonable, lots and lots of fun #runitfast” – Ben Pennington
At about 2:30pm race time, Greg Armstrong was at mile 196, 5 miles short of Lewisburg, TN. He’s fighting to get out of purgatory.
“Fortunately the only part of me that hurt are my feet. But its nonstop and feels like a bunch of piranha with razor sharp teeth are nibbling on my soles. Any recommendations of what I can do for them? Massage helps but unfortunately Mike won’t agree to give me a piggy back the rest of the way while massaging them at the same time.” – Sandy Geisel
And the Canadians (current female leaders) Marylou Corino and Lisa Van Wolde ventured off road to find a waterfall to relax in for a few moments. It sounds a bit like a Bill Baker fantasy but this is reality around Natchez Trace Parkway (m157) the halfway point.
Steven Smith and Francesca Muccini have teamed up, running very strong today with over 35 miles, and are currently at mile 144 in Hohenwald, TN.
Marylou Corino with VS500K creator Lazarus Lake!
RIF member Diane Bolton caught up with fellow RIF members Steven Smith and Francesca Muccini who have teamed up to put miles down together in the back of Bill Baker’s truck.
Karen Jackson and Bo Millwood had a Payday candy bar for lunch. They continue forward…
Dallas Smith is very close to mile 100 of the race and less than 10 miles from Parsons, TN.
Two more DNF’s as John Rasmussen calls it in Lexington m92 and Marcia Rasmussen calls it in Linden m125. Marcia was third female this morning at the 48 hour check in. So if all else has held then Francesca will be in 3rd behind Lisa and Marylou. Last report on Francesca is that she was moving well with Steven Smith.
60 hour standings coming shortly!!
Updated 60 hour standings below for 67 runners. 5 runners did not report mileage yet at 7:30pm check in. Will update when it becomes available.
60 Hour standings now fully updated and complete with all runners!
Greg Armstrong came back from the dead and is currently at 214 miles at 60 hours. He put a couple miles on Johan Steene who is 12 miles back at 202. John Fegyveresi continues to be strong and make up ground and is in third place with 177 miles.
For the women the combo of Lisa Van Wolde and Marylou Corino have 168 miles. Francesca Muccini is 8 miles back at 160 miles and running strong.
60 Hour Vol State 500K Standings 7:30pm Saturday, July 11th (72 Running, 8 DNFs)
- Greg Armstrong – 214 miles (16 miles behind of course record pace)
- Johan Steene – 202 miles
- John Fegyveresi – 177 miles
- Lisa Van Wolde – 168 miles (F)
- Marylou Corino – 168 miles (F)
- Jeremy Ebel – 168 miles
- Jay Dobrowalski – 160 miles
- Steven Smith – 160 miles
- Francesca Muccini – 160 miles (F)
- Michael Callans – 144 miles
- Nathan Dewall – 139 miles
- James Adams – 136 miles
- Thomas Alm – 134 miles
- Sal Coll – 131 miles
- Jeffrey Stephens – 131 miles
- Tim Purol – 131 miles
- Bill Haecker – 131 miles
- David Lettieri – 131 miles
- Joe Ninke – 128 miles
- Bo Millwood – 128 miles
- Karen Jackson – 128 miles
- Andrea Stewart – 125 miles
- Jeff McGonnell – 125 miles
- Edward Masuoka – 124 miles
- Lisa Hazlett – 124 miles
- Rick Gray – 124 miles
- Sherry Meador – 122 miles
- Scott Krouse – 122 miles
- Ben Herron – 120 miles
- Caleb Nolen – 118 miles
- Shane Tucker – 116 miles
- Thomas Skinner – 115 miles
- Shelly Mack – 115 miles
- Mike Delang – 112 miles
- Sandy Geisel – 112 miles
- Joshua Swink – 112 miles
- Timothy Daily – 112 miles
- Christopher Knight – 110 miles
- Tom Dekornfield – 110 miles
- Joseph Kowalski – 109 miles
- Ronald Trignano – 109 miles
- Don Winkley – 109 miles
- Gregg Ellis – 108 miles
- Paul Heckert – 108 miles
- Allen Wrinkle – 108 miles
- Gina Chupka – 108 miles
- John Sharp – 108 miles
- Fred Davis III – 107 miles
- Johnny Adams – 107 miles
- Lynda Webber – 107 miles
- Sergio Bianchini – 107 miles
- Dallas Smith – 107 miles
- Timothy Dailey – 105 miles
- Ally Gregory – 104 miles
- Gilbert Gray – 104 miles
- Remy Brandefalk – 104 miles
- Richard McKnight – 100 miles
- Jameelah Abul-Rahim – 98 miles
- Jay Hamilton – 98 miles
- Tim Loudermilk – 98 miles
- Christian McMahon – 93 miles
- Curt Chambers – 93 miles
- John Price – 93 miles
- Dale Rucker – 92 miles
- Troy Johnson – 92 miles
- Cathie Johnson – 92 miles
- Ben Pennington – 85 miles
- Garry Price – 83 miles
- Diane Taylor – 82 miles
- Terrie Wurzbacher – 82 miles
- Troy Varney – 81 miles
- Ann Kerkman – 81 miles
DID NOT FINISH (8): Marcia Rasmussen mile 125, Sue Scholl mile 107, John Rasmussen mile 92, Brian Pickett mile 78, Betty Holder 56 miles, Michael Melton mile 54, Amanda McMahon mile 45, Larry Phillips mile 39
Run It Fast members in bold.
“Today we stopped in Lexington,TN. Ribs still painful, cannot sneeze or cough without a sharp pain. We are heading out at 1:00 am to get miles without all the 94 degree sun.” – Troy Johnson
“Great support out here from the people of Tennessee! They’ve been awesome. We call ‘em road angels, they will appear out of nowhere with a cold bottle of water n snacks just when you needed it.
All the runners are great too. Everybody is pulling for each other. We are all in the same boat. The heat, blisters, rashes, dehydration, heat exhaustion you name it.
Vol State is a brotherhood” – Gregg Ellis
Laz’s Midday Update:
mid day update
a rare connection with the internet at midday.
there have been no more calls for the meat wagon.
so I can pass on what was happening just a while ago…
greg was past the bench of despair at 0905 this morning.
he had a tough night,
but is moving well again….or was.
I haven’t heard how he is doing since the day started to heat up.
he had opened back up a 10 mile lead on johan.
but johan had been forced to take a stop
to deal with some very personal chafing issues.
the gritty swede was back on the road and running strong.
I am not sure how he does it,
because it has not been as cool as his hottest training day in Stockholm
since the race started.
there is a huge gap back to fegy.
fegy seems to have seized control of third place.
he is at least 6 or 8 miles up on Jeremy ebel.
but we all know how quickly things can change at the vol state.
Jeremy had been leapfrogging with the canadiennes
(corino and van woldt)
until they took a long sit down break for lunch
(in tall chigger grass)
while I was coming up to Jeremy
I saw a van pull over.
a woman got out and walked around to pull an ice cold coke
out of the back seat
(I assume she had a cooler)
with jeremy about 3 miles into a 15-20 mile empty stretch
that had to be a godsend.
certainly has changed since my days in the vol state.
we were happy if cars just did not run us over!
steven smith and jay dobrawalski were nowhere to be seen
between the canadiennes and Hohenwald,
altho I could have easily missed them if they were ducked in somewhere.
I think it is more likely they are holed up till the heat breaks.
it is already about 95 up here in Hohenwald.
and this is high country,
among the coolest parts of the course.
I bet it is hell back on the alluvial plains
and up ahead in the Nashville basin.
“Saturday, Parsons, MM 107
Hit the road at 3:06 this morning. Stopped at 7:46 just now, nearly 17 hours on the road. It was a brutal day on broad roads with no shade.
I used 3 hours to go 7 miles! I stood in utter, astonished disbelief. But it was true. A crossroads where I actually was completely fixed my position. I’d gone only 7 miles since leaving Lexington over 3 hours earlier.
Forget all the rules. This race rips the heart out of running. I was walking, only, to give my quads a chance to heal from yesterday’s damage – they felt hot and feverish. Still how can you walk that slow?
All my clothes are wet. I sit in a towel wrap. No sit-down meal today. About to eat a can of chili because mart didn’t have Beanee Weanees.
Positive note: During that darkest of trudges, numerous Road Angels offered both cold goodies and simple human kindness. That helped.” – Dallas Smith
Day-by-Day Vol State 5ooK Recaps
- Day 8: The Vol State 500K Live Blog/Standings (2015)
- King of the Road, Greg Armstrong’s Vol State 500K Race Report (2015)
- Day 7: The Vol State 500K Live Blog/Standings (2015)
- Day 6: The Vol State 500K Live Blog/Standings (2015)
- Greg Armstrong Repeats as 2015 Vol State 500K King of the Road
- Day 5: The Vol State 500K Live Blog/Standings (2015)
- Day 4: The Vol State 500K Live Blog/Standings (2015)
- Day 3: The Vol State 500K Live Blog/Standings (2015)
- Day 2: The Vol State 500K Live Blog/Standings (2015)
- Day 1: The Vol State 500K Live Blog/Standings (2015)
Vintage Vol State 500K Race Reports
- One Mutant’s Last Annual Vol State 500K Race Report (2012)
- Charlie Taylor’s Vol State 500K Race Report (2012)
- Naresh Kumar’s Last Annual Vol State 500K Race Report (2011)
- Joshua Holmes Vol State 500K Photo Journal + Race Report (2011)
- ‘King of the Road’ Don Winkley’s Winning Vol State 500K Race Report (2011)
Historical Vol State 500K Results
- 2014 Last Annual Vol State 500K Results
- 2013 Last Annual Vol State 500K Results
- 2012 Last Annual Vol State 500K Results
- 2011 Last Annual Vol State 5o0K Results
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