Greg Armstrong, of Lebanon, Tennessee, won The Last Annual Vol State 500K early Monday morning becoming the first runner to reach The Rock in Castle Rock, Georgia. Armstrong goes back-to-back as he won the race last July as well. His time of 3 days 22 hours 05 minutes 23 seconds is the 4th fastest time in Vol State history.
Armstrong is the first back-to-back King of the Road and joins DeWayne Satterfield as the only two-time winner of the race.
This year’s extreme heat knocked Armstrong off his plan to set the course record, as did a cracked rib, but he persevered to keep the uncrewed Swede Johan Steene just far enough back the entire race to earn the win.
Steen reached The Rock shortly after Armstrong in 3 days 23 hours 15 minutes 52 seconds breaking the uncrewed/screwed record that he set last year by nearly 3 hours.
The humble and gracious Armstrong had the following to say after Steene’s finish, “I know I am relatively new to the sport but this performance by Johan Steene may be one of best/gutsiest efforts of all time. How can I make such a lofty comment? Well, I went through the exact same conditions usually just hours before Johan each day. Unless you have done this race one can’t fully appreciate the difference between being “crewed” and “screwed”. As far as I’m concerned Johan is the true “King of the Road”. I appreciate the well wishes and congrats but I’m not in the same league as this amazing man!!
King Greg sitting atop his throne (or the ‘thrown’ as Laz calls the chair because after every runner sits in it, the stench is so bad that the chair has to be ‘thrown’ away in the garbage)!
The race was started many years ago by Gary Cantrell, also known as Lazarus Lake, who still presides over the race and haunts runnes over all 314 grueling miles.
Greg might be done but over 60 other runners remain on the course, some as far back as 190 miles, hoping to get to the same Rock that Armstrong reached so quickly.
Last Annual Vol State Kings of the Road (modern course)
- 2015 Greg Armstrong – 3d 22h 5m 23s
- 2014 Greg Armtrong – 3d 17h 50m 53s
- 2013 Joe Fejes – 3d 8h 10m 16s (course record)
- 2012 Daniel Fox – 5d 3h 9m 33s
- 2011 Don Winkley – 5d 14h 21m 32s
- 2010 Juli Aistars – 5d 22h 1m 33s
- 2009 DeWayne Satterfield – 3d 17h 42m 12s
- 2008 Kevin Dorsey – 4d 23h 45m 3s
- 2007 Carl Laniak – 6d 6h 11m 1s
- 2006 DeWayne Satterfield – 4d 8h 39m 44s
The view King Greg had upon reaching ‘The Rock’ overlooking the Tennessee River
Congrats to Greg and his crew on his amazing victory!