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Vol State 500K Sal Coll Karen Jackson and Bo Millwood at The Rock 2015 – Run It Fast

Day 7: The Vol State 500K Live Blog/Standings (2015)

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Day 7: The Vol State 500K Live Blog/Standings (2015)

Before the clock struck 6 completed days three more Vol State 500K runners reached the rock. Congrats to Jeremy Ebel, who got lost at one point and added 20 miles to his race, Andrea Stewart, who is the 3rd woman to finish and 1st uncrewed woman to reach The Rock this year, and Jay Dobrowalski on his 2nd Vol State 500K finish.

Richard Westbook called it at mile 257 becoming the 20th DNF of the race.

144 Hour Vol State 500K Standings 7:30am Wednesday, July 15th (7 Finishers, 53 Running, 20 DNFs)

  1. Greg Armstrong – 3 days 22 hours 5 minutes 23 seconds (King of the Road)
  2. Johan Steene – 3 days 23 hours 15 minutes 52 seconds (uncrewed course record)
  3. John Fegyveresi – 4 days 19 hours 28 minutes 54 seconds (uncrewed)
  4. Steven Smith – 4 days 20 hours 3 minutes 48 seconds
  5. Lisa Van Wolde – 5 days 8 hours 6 minutes 47 seconds (1st Female)
  6. Marylou Corino – 5 days 8 hours 6 minutes 52 seconds (T-1st/2nd Female)
  7. Jeremy Ebel – 5 days 16 hours 42 minutes 30 seconds (uncrewed)
  8. Andrea Stewart – 5 days 21 hours 33 minutes 59 seconds (3rd female, uncrewed)
  9. Jay Dobrowalski – 5 days 23 hours 34 minutes 38 seconds (uncrewed)
  10. James Adams – 300 miles
  11. Sal Coll – 297 miles
  12. Bo Millwood – 289 miles
  13. Karen Jackson – 289 miles
  14. Michael Callans – 283 miles
  15. Thomas Alm – 280 miles
  16. Timothy Daily – 280 miles
  17. David Lettieri – 274 miles
  18. Lisa Hazlett – 273 miles
  19. Rick Gray – 273 miles
  20. Ben Herron – 262 miles
  21. Thomas Skinner – 262 miles
  22. Edward Masuoka – 260 miles
  23. Jeffrey Stephens – 256 miles
  24. Tim Purol – 256 miles
  25. Joshua Swink – 253 miles
  26. Tom Dekornfield – 252 miles
  27. Scott Krouse – 251 miles
  28. Caleb Nolen – 251 miles
  29. Sherry Meador – 250 miles
  30. Christian McMahon – 249 miles
  31. Allen Wrinkle – 245 miles
  32. Gina Chupka – 245 miles
  33. John Sharp – 245 miles
  34. Christopher Knight – 243 miles
  35. Shane Tucker – 242 miles
  36. Richard McKnight – 242 miles
  37. Shelly Mack – 240 miles
  38. Fred Davis III – 235 miles
  39. Ally Gregory – 235 miles
  40. Dallas Smith – 229 miles
  41. Lynda Webber – 225 miles
  42. Sergio Bianchini – 225 miles
  43. Gregg Ellis – 224 miles
  44. Don Winkley – 220 miles
  45. Tim Loudermilk – 219 miles
  46. Jameelah Abdul-Rahim – 218 miles
  47. Gilbert Gray – 218 miles
  48. Remy Brandefalk – 218 miles
  49. Johnny Adams – 215 miles
  50. John Price – 214 miles
  51. Garry Price – 207 miles
  52. Joseph Kowalski – 206 miles
  53. Troy Johnson – 202 miles
  54. Cathie Johnson – 202 miles
  55. Terrie Wurzbacher – 195 miles
  56. Paul Heckert – 194 miles
  57. Bill Haecker – 193 miles
  58. Jay Hamilton – 188 miles
  59. Diane Taylor – 188 miles
  60. Ben Pennington – 188 miles

DID NOT FINISH (20): Richard Westbook 257 miles, Sandy Geisel 189 miles, Francesca Muccini 188 miles, Jeff McGonnell 165 miles, Nathan Dewall 145 miles, Johnny Adams 145 miles, Joe Ninke 145 miles, Mike Delang mile 135, Curt Chambers mile 130, Dale Rucker mile 125, Marcia Rasmussen mile 125, Ronald Trignano 109 miles, Sue Scholl mile 107, John Rasmussen mile 92, Ann Kerkman 83 miles, Troy Varney 83 miles, Brian Pickett mile 78, Betty Holder 56 miles, Michael Melton mile 54, Amanda McMahon mile 45, Larry Phillips mile 39

*bold = Run It Fast Club members

Day 7 Vol State 500K News & Notes

Yesterday and last night were brutal, our roughest day yet. We got some good sleep this morning to try and let our bodies recover some. We were two pitiful souls coming into Shelbyville.
We are 90 miles from the Rock. Trying to get it together….somehow someway. Time to Soldier on

Jeremy Ebel’s Vol State 500k race report:
Hot
Long
Humid
Traffic
Dogs
Confederate flags
Lost
Hot

James Adams Vol State 500K in Kimball TN - Run It Fast

James Adams (above) has reached Kimball, TN and is a little over a half marathon from  The Rock.

Projected Finishers Today (before 7:30am Thur): James Adams, Coll, Millwood, Jackson, Callans, Alm, Daily, Lettieri, Hazlett, Gray

“Another vol state in the books. Much more difficult this year. Partly due to lower fitness, but mostly due to 95+ degree temps everyday. Have some incredible stories from this year…many quite bizarre. Even had my first real vol state dog attack. (Trekking poles worked great for this btw). It will take a few days and a 10 hour drive back from tn to really process the experience. Thanks to all the kind strangers that offered me water and to all this with whom I ran. Jeremy, the beer in parsons was killer.” – John Fegyveresi (3rd place finisher)

Lax’s Morning Update

stories

the stories that everyone will hear

have mostly been written.

the winners have won,

and the world class runners have gone home…

but the worthy tales have not all been spun.

the most dramatic dramas have not yet played out.

while the fleet of foot have returned to the “real” world,

the majority of the vol staters

still occupy that other real world.

the world where all that matters is food and drink.

where sleeping indoors is the height of luxury.

a world where the barest of essential possessions

have been parsed over,

and most of the trappings of modern day life

have been deemed extraneous.

every runner still on the road has a story.

and every story is worthy of telling.

some of the stories I know,

most, I do not,

and many I will never know.

no one came here from a vacuum.

they did not spontaneously generate on the ferry.

these are real people

with real lives;

regular, ordinary people

the sort we see around us every day.

but something inside them

drove them to move out of the comfort zone;

to try things that no one would think reasonable,

or even possible.

those who could be broken are gone,

and those who remain are the select.

they have paid a price in pain and fatigue.

they have watched the residue of civilized life

wash away,

leaving only the most basic essentials of existence…

and a quest.

the arduous journey to the rock.

without any of the things we think are essential to modern life,

they have lived more life in the past 6 days,

than many will live in a lifetime.

they have seen despair

and hopelessness

and have heard the clarion call of surrender…

but they have persevered.

those few,

those hardy few who remain,

can only be stopped now by injury.

they will not give up.

the ones with surrender in their hearts are gone.

and oh, the stories they have to tell.

the stories of life on the open road.

with oprah at their heels

and the rock beyond the reach of their imagination.

there are stories of drama,

of challenges,

of the surprises that wait around every bend.

stories of the kindness of strangers

and the impersonal cruelty of the beating sun.

the beauty is,

as each one reaches the rock,

their faces alight with joy,

we unworthy followers get to share in the passion.

and, as each finisher arrives,

they get their moment on the throne.

when their stories are the center of attention.

when we all are waiting,

to hear the stories only they can tell.

each of us, who have been there,

share the knowledge of the truths we have learned

on the unforgiving road.

but the individual stories can only be told by those who have lived them….

I need to take a quick shower.

james adams is approaching sand mountain…

he has stories to tell,

and I want to be there to hear them.

laz

Vol State 500K Whispering Oak Campground

Shane Tucker reached the Whispering Oak Campground earlier this morning. He is well past it now.

Snoopy Vol State 500K Course Mailbox

Shane Tucker’s crewmate Julia Beavers caught the above VS500K runner catching sleep in the most strange of places.

Vol State 500K Karen Jackson and Bo Millwood Crossing Bridge in South Pittsburgh - Run It Fast

Karen Jackson and Bo Millwood have crossed the bridge in South Pittsburgh and have less than a half marathon to go to the finish.

James Adams has finished in 6 days 5 hours 47 minutes 12 seconds and upon reaching the Rock said, “I wasn’t expecting it to be that difficult.” Congrats to James who is from the United Kingdom.

Shane Tucker has hit 257 miles and is heading in for the day to get some beef and catch some sleep per his crew.

Marylou Corino and Lisa Van Wolde Finishing the 2015 Vol State 500K - Run It Fast

Photo from yesterday via John Fegyveresi of the Canadian duo of Marylou Corino and Lisa Van Wolde finishing the Vol State 500K.

“So the race was over Steven (Smith) had touched yhe rock awhile later I was rummaging around in the back of my dodge ram pickup for something which was our crew vehicle,Steven walks up says I need some more iced tea…I said hey dude race is over and I just retired from crewing…ha it dawned on him about then and said..dang I have been handed food and drink for the last 5 days hope I haven’t forgotten how to do those things for myself…I did relent and hand him a clean cup..” – Bill Baker

And the great Sal Coll is done in 6 days 8 hours 4 minutes 25 seconds.  “Oh man I’m glad that’s over.” It’s Sal’s 4th Vol State 500K finish. Congrats on an amazing accomplishment. #RunItFast tough!

Scott Krouse is to the top of Monteagle mountain, mile 273.

Sal Coll Finishes Vol State 500K 2015 - Run It Fast

Run It Fast’s Sal Coll (above) 4x Vol State 500K finisher…amazing!

“This course beat me like a lil rag doll for 6 straight days. I staggered into Shelbyville last night around midnight going 1.5 mph, no joke. My feet felt like someone beat them repeatedly w a ball bat, like they were broken. Stopped at a store only a block or so from the hotel and it ended up taking another hr to get to the room lol. Slept late to try n recover and have been running since. Oh, the difference a day makes. Day 7 has been my best day so far. Beautiful weather, sun out w a nice breeze, gorgeous scenery. I guess the moral of my story is this: just hold on, stay the course, persevere cause things do get better ☀ ‪#‎GetToTheRock‬” – Gregg Ellis

Tim Waz reports: Super proud of two great friends Bo & Karen for finishing the 2015 Vol State!!! Proud of you both!!! 6 days 10:11:20

John Fegyveresi Vol State 500K Finish - Run It Fast

Photo above of 3rd place finisher John Fegyveresi after an amazing uncrewed Vol State 500K run at the Rock in the ‘thrown’!

Bo Millwood on The Rock Vol State 500K - Run It Fast

Bo Millwood on The Rock after finishing the his first Vol State 500K with Karen ‘Action’ Jackson.

Add Rick Gray to the list of Vol State 500K finishers with a time of 6 days 11 hours 10 minutes 8 seconds. Way to go, Rick!

“Vol State Day 7. 35 miles. 257 miles total. 57 miles to the finish. We caught a break this morning with great cool temperatures. By the morning, I mean midnight until 6ish. I stayed extra time in the hotel due to 2 large storms yesterday. The extra rest had me moving a little quicker. Despite that, there is no way I have a 50+ day in me tomorrow, so I am looking at 2 more running sessions. Each session will contain one of only two “hills” on the course. Tomorrow will be Monteagle via hwy 41 and the finish Friday will include the climb up North Sand Mountain. Barring disasters, I am hoping to finish two days early on Friday morning. A few more pics are posted below.” – Shane Tucker

156 Hour Update

5 more finishers have reached The Rock since the 7:30am check in this morning. The 156 hour check in included finishes from James ‘Give Me A Samuel’ Adams, Sal ‘4x finisher’ Coll, Bo Millwood, Karen Jackson, and Rick Gray. That brings the total to 14 finishers with 36 runners still on the road.

156 Hour Vol State 500K Standings 7:30pm Wednesday, July 15th (15 Finishers, 44 Running, 21 DNFs)

  1. Greg Armstrong – 3 days 22 hours 5 minutes 23 seconds (King of the Road)
  2. Johan Steene – 3 days 23 hours 15 minutes 52 seconds (uncrewed course record, 2nd overall)
  3. John Fegyveresi – 4 days 19 hours 28 minutes 54 seconds (3rd overall, uncrewed)
  4. Steven Smith – 4 days 20 hours 3 minutes 48 seconds
  5. Lisa Van Wolde – 5 days 8 hours 6 minutes 47 seconds (1st Female)
  6. Marylou Corino – 5 days 8 hours 6 minutes 52 seconds (T-1st/2nd Female)
  7. Jeremy Ebel – 5 days 16 hours 42 minutes 30 seconds (uncrewed)
  8. Andrea Stewart – 5 days 21 hours 33 minutes 59 seconds (3rd female, uncrewed)
  9. Jay Dobrowalski – 5 days 23 hours 34 minutes 38 seconds (uncrewed)
  10. James Adams – 6 days 5 hours 47 minutes 12 seconds (uncrewed)
  11. Sal Coll – 6 days 8 hours 4 minutes 25 seconds (uncrewed, 4x finisher)
  12. Bo Millwood – 6 days 10 hours 11 minutes 20 seconds (uncrewed)
  13. Karen Jackson – 6 days 10 hours 11 minutes 40 seconds (uncrewed)
  14. Rick Gray – 6 days 11 hours 10 minutes 8 seconds
  15. Lisa Hazlett – 6 days 11 hours 22 minutes 27 seconds
  16. Michael Callans – 302 miles
  17. David Lettieri – 302 miles
  18. Ben Herron – 295 miles
  19. Edward Masuoka – 295 miles
  20. Thomas Alm – 290 miles
  21. Timothy Daily – 290 miles
  22. Tom Dekornfield – 284 miles
  23. Jeffrey Stephens – 283 miles
  24. Tim Purol – 283 miles
  25. Scott Krouse – 277 miles
  26. Thomas Skinner – 275 miles
  27. Caleb Nolen – 274 miles
  28. Joshua Swink – 273 miles
  29. Allen Wrinkle – 270 miles
  30. Gina Chupka – 270 miles
  31. John Sharp – 270 miles
  32. Sherry Meador – 266 miles
  33. Shelly Mack – 265 miles
  34. Ally Gregory – 259 miles
  35. Shane Tucker – 257 miles
  36. Christopher Knight – 252 miles
  37. Dallas Smith – 252 miles
  38. Christian McMahon – 249 miles
  39. Sergio Bianchini – 248 miles
  40. Rich McKnight – 244 miles
  41. Gregg Ellis – 244 miles
  42. Fred Davis III – 244 miles
  43. Don Winkley – 241 miles
  44. John Price – 240 miles
  45. Johnny Adams – 237 miles
  46. Jameelah Abdul-Rahim – 226 miles
  47. Gilbert Gray – 226 miles
  48. Remy Brandefalk – 226 miles
  49. Joseph Kowalski – 226 miles
  50. Garry Price – 225 miles
  51. Troy Johnson – 225 miles
  52. Cathie Johnson – 225 miles
  53. Tim Loudermilk – 222 miles
  54. Paul Heckert – 213 miles
  55. Terrie Wurzbacher – 212 miles
  56. Bill Haecker – 208 miles
  57. Jay Hamilton – 202 miles
  58. Diane Taylor – 202 miles
  59. Ben Pennington – 202 miles

DID NOT FINISH (21): Richard Westbook 257 miles, Lynda Webber 235 miles, Sandy Geisel 189 miles, Francesca Muccini 188 miles, Jeff McGonnell 165 miles, Nathan Dewall 145 miles, Johnny Adams 145 miles, Joe Ninke 145 miles, Mike Delang mile 135, Curt Chambers mile 130, Dale Rucker mile 125, Marcia Rasmussen mile 125, Ronald Trignano 109 miles, Sue Scholl mile 107, John Rasmussen mile 92, Ann Kerkman 83 miles, Troy Varney 83 miles, Brian Pickett mile 78, Betty Holder 56 miles, Michael Melton mile 54, Amanda McMahon mile 45, Larry Phillips mile 39

*bold = Run It Fast Club members

Dallas Smith and Lana Sain Vol State 500K 2015 - Run It Fast

Dallas Smith in Manchester with friend Lana Sain who came out to say, “Hello, Is it me you are looking for?”

“Day 7, Wednesday, Manchester, MM 252.

Feet are shredded! Have no trouble usually. Danger of infection concerns me on nail of big toe. Don Winkley knows a woman who lost foot over similar. He recommended soaking in peroxide. When someone of his experience speaks, you should listen. So, it happened the little mart had peroxide. I did what Don suggested.

Plans for tomorrow are uncertain. May go short to give feet a break – stop in Monteagle rather than cover the 48 miles to Kimball as I did last time.” – Dallas Smith

Lynda Webber has dropped from the race at mile 235.

Gregg Ellis currently at 252mi on his way towards Monteagle.

Vol State 500K Sal Coll Karen Jackson and Bo Millwood at The Rock 2015 - Run It Fast

Sal Coll, Karen Jackson, and Bo Millwood at The Rock earlier today.

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Vol State 500K Day 4 Nathez Trace Hwy by Shane Tucker

Day 4: The Vol State 500K Live Blog/Standings (2015)

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Day 4: The Vol State 500K Live Blog/Standings (2015): Carnage Road

72 Hour Vol State 500K Standings 7:30am Sunday, July 12th (68 Runners, 12 DNFs)

  1. Greg Armstrong – 244 miles 
  2. Johan Steene – 234 miles
  3. John Fegyveresi – 204 miles
  4. Jeremy Ebel – 188 miles
  5. Steven Smith – 188 miles
  6. Lisa Van Wolde – 185 miles (F)
  7. Marylou Corino – 185 miles (F)
  8. Michael Callans – 179 miles
  9. Jay Dobrowalski – 178 miles
  10. Francesca Muccini – 175 miles (F)
  11. James Adams – 169 miles
  12. Timothy Daily – 157 miles
  13. Andrea Stewart – 156 miles
  14. Jeff McGonnell – 156 miles
  15. Bo Millwood 147 miles
  16. Karen Jackson – 147 miles
  17. Ben Herron – 146 miles
  18. Thomas Skinner – 145 miles
  19. Jeffrey Stephens – 145 miles
  20. Tim Purol – 145 miles
  21. Sherry Meador  – 145 miles
  22. Nathan Dewall – 145 miles
  23. Sal Coll – 144 miles
  24. Richard Westbrook – 144 miles
  25. Edward Masuoka – 144 miles
  26. Scott Krouse – 144 miles
  27. Shane Tucker – 143 miles
  28. David Lettieri – 143 miles
  29. Allen Wrinkle – 141 miles
  30. Gina Chupka – 141 miles
  31. John Sharp – 141 miles
  32. Thomas Alm – 141 miles
  33. Caleb Nolen – 140 miles
  34. Lisa Hazlett – 138 miles
  35. Rick Gray – 138 miles
  36. Joshua Swink – 138 miles
  37. Christopher Knight – 136 miles
  38. Tom Dekornfield – 136 miles
  39. Gregg Ellis – 136 miles
  40. Fred Davis III – 130 miles
  41. Mike Delang – 129 miles
  42. Sangy Geisel – 129 miles
  43. Joseph Kowalski – 129 miles
  44. Bill Haecker – 128 miles
  45. Johnny Adams – 125 miles
  46. Richard McKnight – 125 miles
  47. Ally Gregory – 124 miles
  48. Shelly Mack – 123 miles
  49. Christian McMahon – 122 miles
  50. Curt Chambers – 122 miles
  51. Gilbert Gray – 121 miles
  52. Remy Brandefalk – 121 miles
  53. Dale Rucker – 121 miles
  54. Tim Loudermilk – 120 miles
  55. Lynda Webber – 118 miles
  56. Sergio Bianchini – 118 miles
  57. Dallas Smith – 117 miles
  58. Don Winkley – 116 miles
  59. Jameelah Abdul-Rahim – 115 miles
  60. John Price – 111 miles
  61. Jay Hamilton – 108 miles
  62. Paul Heckert – 107 miles
  63. Garry Price – 106 miles
  64. Troy Johnson – 105 miles
  65. Cathie Johnson – 105 miles
  66. Ben Pennington – 102 miles
  67. Diane Taylor – 98 miles
  68. Terrie Wurzbacher – 98 miles

DID NOT FINISH (12): Joe Ninke 145 miles, Marcia Rasmussen mile 125, Ronald Trignano 109 miles, Sue Scholl mile 107, John Rasmussen mile 92, Ann Kerkman 83 miles, Troy Varney 83 miles, Brian Pickett mile 78, Betty Holder 56 miles, Michael Melton mile 54, Amanda McMahon mile 45, Larry Phillips mile 39

Sal Coll and Shane Tucker Mile 146 Vol State 500K - Run It Fast

Run It Fast members Sal Coll and Shane Tucker taking names around mile 146.

Laz’s 72 Hour Pep Talk

the long thin line grows thinner:

the 4th morning is here.
once again the sun beats down
the chirring july flies sing…

and the vol staters run.
and walk.
and trudge.

over the hills and thru the valleys.
past streams and trees
and past the places where their comrades fell.
across bridges
and thru small towns.

three days have taken a toll.
many are gone now,
and the long thin line grows thinner.
those who fight on have been hardened by the road
and baked by the sun.

there is a different resolve now.
not the brave words of the last supper
and the laughter of the ferry.

it has been replaced with a grim resolve.
soldier on, brave warriors.

oprah is no longer far behind.
the runners at the back can feel her hot breath on their necks.
when they pause to rest,
they can hear her stiletto heels clicking on the pavement behind them.

at the front the thoughts of records ands glory are long gone.
now each and every survivor pursues the same goal.
press on to the rock.
survive the day,
live to fight another.

anyone could do the vol state
few will try,
and fewer will succeed.
it is hard in ways you cannot imagine from home.
the survivors know.
they do not have to imagine it any longer.
they are living it.

every minute of every day…

overnight, greg held to his lead.
but the stubborn swede will not go away.
like a speedy oprah, he is still there.
10 miles behind.
both seem likely to finish sometime between midnight and dawn.
but there is a lot of road to cover in the heat today.

fegy is now a solid third.
smith came roaring back last night,
and has moved into a tie with ebel for 4th/5th.

the canadiennes still lead the women,
and are a mere 3 miles further back.

and the beat(ing) goes on.

laz

More photos, news, and notes from Day 4

Steven Smith Bench of Despair 2015 Vol State - Run It Fast

Run It Fast’s Steven Smith vandalizing private property at the Bench of Despair. Kentucky boys never change!

“Crossed TN River. Fever in quads broke. I can run again. On pace.” – Dallas Smith

“Mile 145, Hohenwald. Few hours of rest and I’m able to put down solid food.

Unfortunately, moving with the sun so many long breaks expected during the day. Definitely heat CAT 5++++!

And sad to report, my brother has dropped. Shoe issues from the beginning, he gutted out 109 miles before blisters rendered his feet a painful and unrecognizable mess. Way to fight the last few days Ron! (Although, his “slow” start he came through the 20 mile mark with the now 3rd place runner. Uh huh…)” – Scott Krouse

Lisa Van Wolde Vol State 500K Bench of Despair - Run It Fast

Lisa Van Wolde, tied for top female, tuckered out on the Bench of Despair m180.

Marylou Corino Vol State 500K Bench of Despair 2015 - Run It Fast

Marylou Corino, tied with Lisa for top female, with a similar fate at the Bench.

Race leader Greg Armstrong is currently at mile 255 according to his crewman Joseph Nance (race time 11:20am).

Greg Armstrong Vol State 500K m254 - Run It Fast

Armstrong rolling on with cracked rib and all!

72 Hour Google Map of Runner Positions

Steven Smith Mile 200 Vol State 500K - Run It Fast

Steven Smith hits mile 200 of The Vol State. Only 114 miles to go.

The Canadian women of Marylou Corino and Lisa Van Wolde are at mile 200 in Lewisburg.

Greg Armstrong is strong once again and banging out 10-11 minute miles as he starts to feel the pull of The Rock a bit as he moves towards Monteagle Mountain.

Shane Tucker is to mile 152 where he is now going down for sleep and will get back at it once the sun is down.

Race leader Greg Armstrong has turned the volume up to sub 10 min miles and is now at mile 265 with less than 50 miles to go. He is 10 miles away from the base of Monteagle mtn.

Thanks for all the encouragement and positive energy! This race has been brutal. Three straight days of a heat index at 100 degrees. Never have I been so humbled.  Am at the base of Mounteagle about to make the ascent! Less than 50 to go. The Rock is near!” – Greg Armstrong

Ben Herron Vol State 500K - 2015 on 412

Ben Herron is all thumb on his trek towards Columbia, TN.

“Having a blast! (really lol) the camaderie is admirable. We all are in pain, we see it in each other’s eyes. Yes it hurts, it’s extremely hard, this course is unforgiving and relentless. Goals and plans have changed too many times to count but the goal of reaching the Rock hasn’t. I’ve ran out of food n supplies in between just about every town, I’ve begged strangers for water, I’ve been dehydrated, gotten cramps, hobbled thru 144 miles but I’m still marching toward the Rock. This course will make the most fluid runners hobble. It will turn 10 min miles into 30 min miles. If it was easy then everyone would do it. The Vol Staters we don’t want easy, we want to earn our seat in the camp chair “throne” on the Rock. We just want to finish this beast and prove to ourselves that we have what it takes inside. It is about survival now. ‪#‎GetToTheRock‬” – Gregg Ellis

“Yikes, I just took a look at Mike’s (Delang) feet. No wonder his painful grimaces and slow pace, the skin has completely come off 3 toes. Let’s see how well I can treat and tape them with what tools I have and if it will help him move forward. We are desperately trying to avoid a call to the ‘meat wagon’ that would end our race. Our goal is to walk the 9 miles to the next town and see how he does.” – Sandy Geisel

84 Hour Update Shortly. Runners are still reporting their positions….several more DNF’s. Armstrong is at 281. Steene 273.

84 Hour Vol State 500K Standings 7:30am Sunday, July 12th (63 Runners, 17 DNFs)

  1. Greg Armstrong – 281 miles 
  2. Johan Steene – 273 miles
  3. John Fegyveresi – 234 miles
  4. Steven Smith – 224 miles
  5. Lisa Van Wolde – 211 miles (F)
  6. Marylou Corino – 211 miles (F)
  7. Jay Dobrowalski – 202 miles
  8. Jeremy Ebel – 202 miles
  9. Michael Callans – 200 miles
  10. Andrea Stewart – 179 miles
  11. James Adams – 178 miles
  12. Thomas Alm – 176 miles
  13. Lisa Hazlett – 174 miles
  14. Rick Gray – 174 miles
  15. Bo Millwood 173 miles
  16. Karen Jackson – 173 miles
  17. David Lettieri – 172 miles
  18. Sal Coll – 171 miles
  19. Edward Masuoka – 170 miles
  20. Richard Westbrook – 170 miles
  21. Jeffrey Stephens – 169 miles
  22. Tim Purol – 169 miles
  23. Scott Krouse – 165 miles
  24. Sherry Meador – 165 miles
  25. Caleb Nolen – 164 miles
  26. Ben Herron – 163 miles
  27. Joshua Swink – 163 miles
  28. Timothy Daily – 163 miles
  29. Thomas Skinner – 162 miles
  30. Shane Tucker – 152 miles
  31. Shelly Mack – 150 miles
  32. Bill Haecker – 147 miles
  33. Allen Wrinkle – 146 miles
  34. Gina Chupka – 146 miles
  35. John Sharp – 146 miles
  36. Christopher Knight – 145 miles
  37. Dallas Smith – 145 miles
  38. Fred Davis III – 145 miles
  39. Gregg Ellis – 145 miles
  40. Lynda Webber – 145 miles
  41. Sergio Bianchini – 145 miles
  42. Tom Dekornfield – 145 miles
  43. Joseph Kowalski – 145 miles
  44. Gilbert Gray – 142 miles
  45. Jameelah Abul-Rahim – 142 miles
  46. Remy Brandefalk – 142 miles
  47. Don Winkley – 140 miles
  48. Johnny Adams – 139 miles
  49. Richard McKnight 139 miles
  50. Ally Gregory – 137 miles
  51. Sandy Geisel – 136 miles
  52. Tim Loudermilk – 135 miles
  53. John Price – 131 miles
  54. Christian McMahon – 131 miles
  55. Curt Chambers – 131 miles
  56. Cathie Johnson – 125 miles
  57. Troy Johnson – 125 miles
  58. Jay Hamilton – 125 miles
  59. Garry Price – 114 miles
  60. Paul Heckert – 113 miles
  61. Ben Pennington – 111 miles
  62. Diane Taylor – 108 miles
  63. Terrie Wurzbacher – 108 miles

DID NOT FINISH (17): Francesca Muccini 188 miles, Jeff McGonnell 165 miles, Joe Ninke 145 miles, Mike Delang mile 135, Dale Rucker mile 125, Marcia Rasmussen mile 125, Ronald Trignano 109 miles, Sue Scholl mile 107, John Rasmussen mile 92, Ann Kerkman 83 miles, Troy Varney 83 miles, Brian Pickett mile 78, Betty Holder 56 miles, Michael Melton mile 54, Amanda McMahon mile 45, Larry Phillips mile 39

After the updated standings were posted, Francesca Muccini who was the third female, dropped from the race per her Facebook update. Congrats to RIF’s Francesca who had an amazing run. Great job, Francesca!

The eloquent Dallas Smith checks in with these words:

Day 4, Sunday, Hohenwald, MM 145

The Vol State 500k has added a new term to the running lexicon, “2 mph.” A speed ordinary runners don’t consider, but every Vol Stater knows. When you have no play left except an enfeebled walk then you make that play.

You can endure even that and emerge running the next day. I did. The fever on my quads broke during a deep sleep untroubled by dreams or trips to the bathroom. This morning, I hit US 412 at 4:14 in Parsons. I stopped at 6:30 pm at Hohenwald.

The moon is a stingy mistress withholding her light, hanging in the eastern morning sky, offering only a thin smile and each day falling a little closer to the rising sun.

When I left Parsons a whip-o-will was calling, second consecutive morning to hear that sound. A chorus of frogs, several kinds, were making their calls, including one that sounded like barking. And a bullfrog was grunting. These hopeful sounds launched me into another burning day.

I have a hip hop vibe going, running with my shorts pulled down low, so they can rub a new spot and let the old spot rest. May improve my style category, trotting down the road with drooping britches.

I remember a guy two years ago had same problem, but different body part. He wrapped his scrotum with duct tape. Which seemed an imperfect solution. That’s the fate of the uncrewed runner – making do with what he has or he can find.

Rich McKnight Vol State 500K Shadow Bird - Run It Fast

Rich McKnight’s shadow gives the Vol State course a subtle message!

Gregg Ellis just hit the half way point (m157). Congrats Gregg! Only 157mi to go!

Steven Smith is back on the road after a short rest. He has just 89 miles to go and is currently in 4th place.

Vol State 500K Natchez Trace Parkway photos by Shane Tucker

Vol State 500K Day 4 Nathez Trace Hwy by Shane Tucker

Couple great photos above from Shane Tucker while cruising through the Natchez Trace Parkway.

“We got up at midnight and started our journey at 0030. We wanted to get a lot of miles in before the heat. Yesterday we went 39 miles,today we went 34 miles, and stopped in Linden,TN. It was very hot today! We have knocked out 125 miles.” – Troy Johnson

Armstrong has got to be getting close to The Rock!

“Halfway at 1:58 AM on day 4. Unofficial Vol State clock time of 3 days, 17 hours and 58 minutes.” – Shane Tucker

Laz’s Nightly News Report from the Road

blood on the highway

one word keeps surfacing at the vol state…

 

 

brutal.

 

today was a truly brutal day.

another escalation in the heat index

battered the weary footwarriors,

 

and more than a few were pushed beyond their capacity to endure.

 

one by one they capitulated.

all day long.

65 of the original 80 remain,

and many of them are hanging by a thread….

 

tomorrow promises to be the hottest day yet.

 

and we knew it would happen.

the relentless oprah has overtaken a runner.

sentimental favorites terrie wurzbacher and diane taylor

find their backs to the wall tonight.

 

they must run down oprah in the darkness

to keep their dreams of reaching the rock alive.

 

of course they are only trying to buy a day.

oprah never lets up.

 

at the front,

greg armstrong has begun his push to the finish

and is running very strong.

johan steene still refuses to go away

having, unbelievably, cut the lead to 8 miles

over a 30 mile stretch of road almost devoid of aid possibilities.

I cannot find the words to describe the improbability of this feat.

 

fegy is now totally alone in third.

 

and steven smith has returned from the void to grab a solid hold on 4th.

 

the canadiennes are smiling and dancing along in 5th/6th.

 

Jeremy ebel and jay dobrawalski have taken very different routes

to fall out of contention.

 

Jeremy ran 10 miles off course

(meaning a 20 mile error by the time he gets back)

jay has simply crashed and burned…

 

his corpse stumbles on,

refusing to quit.

 

the first half of day 4 has been a nightmare.

now we will see what the night itself will bring.

 

laz

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Day 3 Vol State 500K Karen Jackson and Bo Millwood – Run It Fast

Day 3: The Vol State 500K Live Blog/Standings (2015)

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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)

  1. Greg Armstrong – 179 miles (17 miles behind of course record pace)
  2. Johan Steene – 174 miles
  3. John Fegyveresi – 146 miles
  4. Jeremy Ebel – 143 miles
  5. Lisa Van Wolde – 139 miles (F)
  6. Marylou Corino – 139 miles (F)
  7. Jay Dobrowalski – 138 miles
  8. Marcia Rasmussen – 125 miles (F)
  9. Michael Callans – 123 miles
  10. Francesca Muccini – 118 miles (F)
  11. James Adams – 116 miles
  12. Steven Smith – 114 miles
  13. Andrea Stewart – 112 miles
  14. Jeff McGonnell – 112 miles
  15. Bo Millwood – 111 miles
  16. Karen Jackson – 111 miles
  17. Jeffrey Stephens – 110 miles
  18. Tim Purol – 110 miles
  19. David Lettieri – 110 miles
  20. Thomas Alm – 110 miles
  21. Nathan Dewall- 108 miles
  22. Sherry Meador – 106 miles
  23. Sal Coll – 106 miles
  24. Edward Masuoka – 106 miles
  25. Scott Krouse – 106 miles
  26. Caleb Nolen – 105 miles
  27. Timothy Dailey – 105 miles
  28. Lisa Hazlett – 104 miles
  29. Rick Gray – 104 miles
  30. Allen Wrinkle – 102 miles
  31. Thomas Skinner – 102 miles
  32. Gina Chupka – 102 miles
  33. John Sharp – 102 miles
  34. Shane Tucker – 101 miles
  35. Sandy Geisel – 100 miles
  36. Mike Delang – 100 miles
  37. Christopher Knight – 98 miles
  38. Gregg Ellis – 98 miles
  39. Fred Davis III – 95 miles
  40. Richard Westbrook – 94 miles
  41. Joshua Swink – 93 miles
  42. Tom Dekornfield – 93 miles
  43. Joe Ninke – 92 miles
  44. Christian McMahon – 92 miles
  45. Ben Herron – 92 miles
  46. Bill Haecker – 92 miles
  47. Curt Chambers – 92 miles
  48. Dale Rucker – 92 miles
  49. Ronald Trignano – 91 miles
  50. Jseph Kowalski – 91 miles
  51. Johnny Adams – 91 miles
  52. Shelly Mack – 90 miles
  53. Lynda Webber – 89 miles
  54. Sergio Bianchini – 89 miles
  55. Don Winkley – 89 miles
  56. Ally Gregory – 88 miles
  57. John Price – 84 miles
  58. Gilbert Gray – 83 miles
  59. Remy Brandefalk – 83 miles
  60. Jameelah Abdul-Rahim – 82 miles
  61. Dallas Smith – 82 miles
  62. John Rasmussen – 82 miles
  63. Richard McKnight – 82 miles
  64. Paul Heckert – 82 miles
  65. Troy Johnson – 81 miles
  66. Cathie Johnson – 81 miles
  67. Jay Hamilton – 77 miles
  68. Tim Loudermilk – 75 miles
  69. Tony Varney – 71 miles
  70. Ann Kerkman – 71 miles
  71. Garry Price – 70 miles
  72. Diane Taylor – 69 miles
  73. Terrie Wurzbacher – 69 miles
  74. 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

Vol State 500K Day 3 Shane Tucker Hits Mile 100 - Run It Fast

Shane Tucker hits mile 100 of The Vol State 500K.

Day 3 Vol State 500K Gregg Ellis Road Food - Run It Fast

The fuel of uncrewed runner Gregg Ellis getting back on the road.

Greg Armstrong Vol State 500K Bench of Despair - Run It Fast

“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)

Day 3 Vol State 500K Steven Smith with Bill Baker and Diane Bolton

2013 finisher Diane Bolton caught up with Steven Smith (who looks barely awake/alive) and his crewman Bill Baker.

Day 3 Vol State 500K Gregg Ellis Mile 100 - Run It Fast

Gregg Ellis hits mile 100 of the Vol State 500K. 214 more miles to go!

Day 3 Vol State 500K Welcome to Lexington by Cathie Johnson - Run it Fast

The locals in Lexington, TN welcome Troy and Cathie Johnson to town!

Greg Armstrong 2015 Vol State Run It Fast Shirt

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.

laz

“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 ” – 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

Lisa Van Wolde and Marylou Corino Day 3 Vol State 500K Waterfall - Run It Fast

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.

Day 3 Vol State 500K Marylou Corino and Laz Lake - Run It Fast

Marylou Corino with VS500K creator Lazarus Lake!

Run It Fast Vol State Steven Smith Francesca Muccini Diane Bolton

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.

Day 3 Vol State 500K Karen Jackson and Bo Millwood - Run It Fast

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)

  1. Greg Armstrong – 214 miles (16 miles behind of course record pace)
  2. Johan Steene – 202 miles
  3. John Fegyveresi – 177 miles
  4. Lisa Van Wolde – 168 miles (F)
  5. Marylou Corino – 168 miles (F)
  6. Jeremy Ebel – 168 miles
  7. Jay Dobrowalski – 160 miles
  8. Steven Smith – 160 miles
  9. Francesca Muccini – 160 miles (F)
  10. Michael Callans – 144 miles
  11. Nathan Dewall – 139 miles
  12. James Adams – 136 miles
  13. Thomas Alm – 134 miles
  14. Sal Coll – 131 miles
  15. Jeffrey Stephens – 131 miles
  16. Tim Purol – 131 miles
  17. Bill Haecker – 131 miles
  18. David Lettieri – 131 miles
  19. Joe Ninke – 128 miles
  20. Bo Millwood – 128 miles
  21. Karen Jackson – 128 miles
  22. Andrea Stewart – 125 miles
  23. Jeff McGonnell – 125 miles
  24. Edward Masuoka – 124 miles
  25. Lisa Hazlett – 124 miles
  26. Rick Gray – 124 miles
  27. Sherry Meador – 122 miles
  28. Scott Krouse – 122 miles
  29. Ben Herron – 120 miles
  30. Caleb Nolen – 118 miles
  31. Shane Tucker – 116 miles
  32. Thomas Skinner – 115 miles
  33. Shelly Mack – 115 miles
  34. Mike Delang – 112 miles
  35. Sandy Geisel – 112 miles
  36. Joshua Swink – 112 miles
  37. Timothy Daily – 112 miles
  38. Christopher Knight – 110 miles
  39. Tom Dekornfield – 110 miles
  40. Joseph Kowalski – 109 miles
  41. Ronald Trignano – 109 miles
  42. Don Winkley – 109 miles
  43. Gregg Ellis – 108 miles
  44. Paul Heckert – 108 miles
  45. Allen Wrinkle – 108 miles
  46. Gina Chupka – 108 miles
  47. John Sharp – 108 miles
  48. Fred Davis III – 107 miles
  49. Johnny Adams – 107 miles
  50. Lynda Webber – 107 miles
  51. Sergio Bianchini – 107 miles
  52. Dallas Smith – 107 miles
  53. Timothy Dailey – 105 miles
  54. Ally Gregory – 104 miles
  55. Gilbert Gray – 104 miles
  56. Remy Brandefalk – 104 miles
  57. Richard McKnight – 100 miles
  58. Jameelah Abul-Rahim – 98 miles
  59. Jay Hamilton – 98 miles
  60. Tim Loudermilk – 98 miles
  61. Christian McMahon – 93 miles
  62. Curt Chambers – 93 miles
  63. John Price – 93 miles
  64. Dale Rucker – 92 miles
  65. Troy Johnson – 92 miles
  66. Cathie Johnson – 92 miles
  67. Ben Pennington – 85 miles
  68. Garry Price – 83 miles
  69. Diane Taylor – 82 miles
  70. Terrie Wurzbacher – 82 miles
  71. Troy Varney – 81 miles
  72. 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.

 

laz

“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

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Vol State 500K Day 2 Dallas Smith and Sergio by Angie James – Run It Fast

Day 2: The Vol State 500K Live Blog/Standings (2015)

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The Day 2 Vol State 500K coverage starts with a look at the 24 hour standings as everyone checked in at 7:30am this morning.

Defending King Greg Armstrong tacked on 52 miles during the second 12 hour stretch for a total of 120 miles after 24 hours. Brian Pickett’s ‘Charge’ died as he DNF’d at mile 78. Sweden Johan Steene took over second place with 107 miles. Third place is now led by first female Sue Scholl with 96.5 miles.

Fourth place is Colorado native Jeremy Ebel with 90 miles, fifth, John Fegyveresi with 84 miles and California native Jay ‘Lewisburg’ Dobrowalski has 83 miles.

Top 3 women after 23 hours: 1. Scholl, 2. Marylou Corino 76 miles, 3. Lisa Van Wolde 76 miles

On down the field runners are starting to clump together into pelotons with a big group in the 66 mile range and another around 56 miles.

Laz’s 24 Hour Commentary

dawning of the day of the screwed

greg Armstrong has taken control,since pickett bailed at midnight.

greg is mounting a serious assault on the vol state record

with 120 first day miles….

he is chasing that magic 3-day number.

it will be interesting to see what happens today.

not a cloud in the sky

and we are supposed to see the real thing when it comes to heat and humidity.

the big news is what happened during the night.

after watching the crewed runners dominate the first day,

the disadvantage of having the ability to go find a motel

was vividly silhouetted against the night sky.

screwed runners can do nothing but go on.

johan steene is second with an astonishing 107

(can a screwed runner break 4? johan thinks they can)

but he can’t even relax about winning the screwed division.

mighty mite, sue scholl, was only 10 miles back.

Jeremy ebel was at 90

john fegy is right there at 84.

and jay (endless loop) dobraywalski at 83.

this is going to be an amazing day.

the preliminaries are done with,

and it is time to start taking the full measure.

there will be discomfort.

laz

Day 2 temps combined with the wear and tear from the high mileage of day 1 will make it tough for all of the runners as their bodies will want to quit and the remaining distance will haze and taunt them.

24 Hour Vol State 500K Standings (79 runners, 1 DNF)

  1. Greg Armstrong – 120 miles
  2. Johan Steene – 107 miles
  3. Sue Scholl – 96.5 miles (F)
  4. Jeremy Ebel – 90 miles
  5. John Fegyveresi – 84 miles
  6. Jay Dobrowalski – 83 miles
  7. Steven Smith – 82 miles
  8. Brian Pickett – DNF 78 miles DNF
  9. Marylou Corino – 76 miles (F)
  10. Lisa Van Wolde – 76 miles (F)
  11. Michael Callans – 73 miles
  12. Lisa Hazlett – 70 miles
  13. Gilbert Gray – 70 miles
  14. Thomas Skinner – 67 miles
  15. Nathan Dewall – 66.7 miles
  16. Andrea Stewart – 66 miles
  17. Marcia Rasmussen – 66 miles
  18. Francesca Muccini – 66 miles
  19. Jeff Mcgonnell – 66 miles
  20. James Adams – 66 miles
  21. Karen Jackson – 66 miles
  22. Bo Millwood – 66 miles
  23. Jeffrey Stephens – 65 miles
  24. Tim Purol – 65 miles
  25. Ben Herron – 65 miles
  26. Sandy Geisel – 65 miles
  27. Mike Delang – 65 miles
  28. Richard Westbrook – 64 miles
  29. Caleb Nolen – 64 miles
  30. Sherry Meador – 62 miles
  31. Joe Ninke – 61 miles
  32. Edward Masuoka – 59 miles
  33. Gregg Ellis – 58 miles
  34. Shane Tucker – 57 miles
  35. Fred Douglas III – 57 miles
  36. Allen Wrinkle – 56 miles
  37. Ronald Trignano – 56 miles
  38. Scott Krouse – 56 miles
  39. Bill Haeckner – 56 miles
  40. Tom Dekornfield – 56 miles
  41. Sal Coll – 56 miles
  42. Gina Chupka – 56 miles
  43. Remy Brandefalk – 56 miles
  44. Sergio Bianchini – 56 miles
  45. John Sharp – 56 miles
  46. Rick Gray – 56 miles
  47. Joshua Swink – 55 miles
  48. Ally Gregory – 54 miles
  49. Timothy Daily – 54 miles
  50. Johnny Adams – 54 miles
  51. Tim Loudermilk – 53 miles
  52. Joseph Kowalkski – 53 miles
  53. Dale Rucker – 53 miles
  54. Christian Mcmahon – 52 miles
  55. Richard McKnight – 52 miles
  56. Curt Chambers – 52 miles
  57. Shelly Mack – 50 miles
  58. Paul Heckert – 50 miles
  59. Don Winkley – 50 miles
  60. Jameelah Abdul-Rahim Mujaaahid – 49 miles
  61. Michael Melton – 49 miles
  62. David Lettieri – 49 miles
  63. Christopher Knight – 49 miles
  64. John Rasmussen – 48 miles
  65. John Price – 48 miles
  66. Lynda Webber – 46 miles
  67. Betty Holder – 46 miles
  68. Dallas Smith – 45 miles
  69. Amanda McMahon – 45 miles
  70. Thomas Alm – 45 miles
  71. Troy Johnson – 43 miles
  72. Cathie Johnson – 43 miles
  73. Jay Hamilton – 41 miles
  74. Diane Taylor – 40 miles
  75. Garry Price – 40 miles
  76. Ben Pennington – 40 miles
  77. Terrie Wurzbacher – 40 miles
  78. Tony Varney – 38 miles
  79. Ann Kerkman – 38 miles
  80. Larry Phillips – 30 miles

DNF’s Brian Pickett
Run It Fast Members in bold

Map of where runners were at last check in. View HERE

Next standings update after 7:30pm CT, photos and other updates throughout the day (refresh)

Vol State Day 2 Road Photo by Julia Beavers - Run It Fast

Vol State road warriors at it early this morning.

Vol State Day 2 Marylou Corino and Lisa Van Wolde

Current 2nd and 3rd place women Marylou Corino and Lisa Van Wolde.

Rumors floating that female course record holder Sue Scholl who was 3rd overall this morning has dropped due to blister issues. #Confirmed

Florida native Michael Melton has dropped from the race as well at mile 54. He simply melted!

Vol State 500K Day 2 long highways photo by Gregg Ellis - Run It Fast

Gregg Ellis thinks the road above seems very long….well it is!

Rookie Francesca Muccini is on the heels of Lisa Van Wolde and Marylou Corino.

Vol State 500K Day 2 market rest photo by Scott Krouse - Run It Fast

Bums!!!! ^

Scott Krouse on Facebook: Ugh…every time I stop I’m cramping, particularly in my feet. I’m used to cramps there, but not this extreme. Killer when you’re trying to sleep.

Any suggestions? (Besides he obvious…stop/don’t stop?). I’m slightly dehydrated, but trying to keep up…not TOO bad on salt, I think…

Parkers Crossroads 95 Deg Temp by Gregg Ellis - Run It Fast

Hot, hot day for Day #2 of The Vol State!

Vol State 500K Day 2 Dallas Smith and Sergio by Angie James - Run It Fast

RIF’s Dallas Smith with Sergio!

36 hour updates are starting to roll in with most of the middle of the field holed up in Lexington. This post will be updated within the next 90 minutes with complete 36 hour standings.

DNFS: Pickett, Scholl, Melton, Phillips

36 Hour Race Recap

The carnage mounted on Day 2 as 5 runners became road kill. Run It Fast’s Greg Armstrong remains in first with 154 miles at 36 hour check in. Johan Steene is not far behind in 143 miles. Jeremy Ebel and John Fegyveresi were strong throughout the day and now fill the third and fourth spots.

After Sue Scholl bowed out, Lisa Van Wolde and Marylou Corino (running together so far) became the top females with 108 miles. Francesca Muccini is third female with 103 miles. All three women are Run It Fast members.

36 Hour Updated Standings – Day 2 – 7:30pm CT – 5 DNF

  1. Greg Armstrong – 154 miles (16 miles ahead of course record pace)
  2. Johan Steene – 143 miles
  3. Jeremy Ebel – 118 miles
  4. John Fegyveresi – 114 miles
  5. Lisa Van Wolde – 108 miles (F)
  6. Marylou Corino – 108 miles (F)
  7. Sue Scholl – DNF 107 miles DNF
  8. Steven Smith – 106 miles
  9. Jay Dobrowalski – 104 miles
  10. Michael Callans – 104 miles
  11. Nathan Dewall – 104 miles
  12. Francesca Muccini – 103 miles
  13. Andrea Stewart – 92 miles
  14. James Adams – 92 miles
  15. Jeff McGonnell – 92 miles
  16. Lisa Hazlett – 92 miles
  17. Marica Rasmussen – 92 miles
  18. Rick Gray – 92 miles
  19. Jeffrey Stephens – 88 miles
  20. Don Winkley – 83 miles
  21. Gregg Ellis – 83 miles
  22. Allen Wrinkle – 82 miles
  23. Ben Herron – 82 miles
  24. Bo Millwood – 82 miles
  25. Caleb Nolen – 82 miles
  26. David Lettieri – 82 miles
  27. Gina Chupka – 82 miles
  28. Joe Ninke – 82 miles
  29. John Sharp – 82 miles
  30. Joshua Swink – 82 miles
  31. Karen Jackson – 82 miles
  32. Sal Coll – 82 miles
  33. Sherry Meador – 82 miles
  34. Tim Purol – 82 miles
  35. Scott Krouse – 82 miles
  36. Edward Masuoka – 81 miles
  37. Richard Westbrook – 81 miles
  38. Shane Tucker – 81 miles
  39. Thomas Skinner – 81 miles
  40. Shelly Mack – 80 miles
  41. Brian Pickett – DNF 78 miles DNF
  42. Johnny Adams – 77 miles
  43. Ronald Trignano – 77 miles
  44. Joseph Kowalski – 76 miles
  45. Mike Delang – 76 miles
  46. Sandy Geisel – 76 miles
  47. Bill Haecker – 75 miles
  48. Fred Davis III – 75 miles
  49. Tom Dekornfield – 73 miles
  50. Timothy Dailey – 70 miles
  51. Jameelah Abdul-Rahim – 69 miles
  52. Lynda Webber – 69 miles
  53. Richard McKnight – 69 miles
  54. Sergio Bianchini – 69 miles
  55. Christopher Knight – 68 miles
  56. Dale Rucker – 68 miles
  57. Dallas Smith – 68 miles
  58. John Price – 68 miles
  59. Tim Loudermilk – 68 miles
  60. Ally Gregory – 67 miles
  61. Cathie Johnson – 67 miles
  62. Troy Johnson – 67 miles
  63. Jay Hamilton – 67 miles
  64. Ben Pennington – 63 miles
  65. Paul Heckert – 63 miles
  66. Christopher McMahon – 62 miles
  67. Curt Chambers – 62 miles
  68. John Rasmussen – 58 miles
  69. Ann Kerkman – 56 miles
  70. Betty Holder – 56 miles
  71. Diane Taylor – 56 miles
  72. Garry Price – 56 miles
  73. Terrie Wurzbacher – 56 miles
  74. Tony Varney – 56 miles
  75. Remy Brandefalk – 56 miles
  76. Michael Melton DNF 54 miles DNF
  77. Amanda McMahon DNF 45 miles DNF
  78. Thomas Alm – 45 miles
  79. Larry Phillips DNF 39 miles DNF

Race leader Greg Armstrong is now at the halfway point mile 157 at 8:40pm local time. Some 37 hours 10 minutes into the race. Well ahead of course record. Johan remains close on his tail ahead of the uncrewed record.

“This race will strip you to the core. It ain’t no joke. My one and only mission is to get to the Rock, I don’t care how long. My silly lil time goals are no longer a part of my thinking. There is no way a first timer can estimate it anyway. U can throw all of that business out the window. This thing is a beast. You must respect it and be smart or you won’t finish. It’s going to take every ounce of mental n physical strength I can muster up. I’m well over the cut-off times so that’s good. My feet are great, legs pretty good too. My main problem has been dehydration and heat exhaustion. But I’m getting smarter w that.” – Gregg Ellis

“Humbled. That is all I can say. Vol State 500k is no joke. The Race Director Laz makes every step as difficult as possible. Yesterday went ok but the evening was a disaster. Slept on the sidewalk from midnight to 5:30am. Only managed around 10 miles this afternoon. If you make one mistake the course will make you pay 10 fold. Pushing through the night to make up time and miles lost.” – Rich McKnight

“Vol State Day #2. 40 miles completed. 81 total and in the room 4 hours early. Very difficult day with lots of heat. For me, it is a necessity to get up as early as possible and get gone. Getting up at 2:30 got me in the room before 4 today. I am going to try the same plan tomorrow.” – Shane Tucker

“I believe I’ve solved the cramp problem. Cramps were not a factor today. Lots of water – say, a bottle each hour. That means 12-14 bottles each day. Filled some of those bottles with sports drinks. Yesterday, after I finally found water, over the next two hours I drank so much my fingers got fat.” – Dallas Smith

Laz’s 36 Hour Hot Take Recap

road gets real

July 10, 2015. 10:00pm EDT

the second day is when it gets real.especially this second day.newbie vol-staters,

who thought yesterday was hot,

got a dose of reality today.

there were a lot of people just trying to reach any motel,

and escape the heat for a while.

 

the long line did not thin too badly,

as only 3 more had abandoned their quest by dark.

76 brave souls soldiered on.

 

Armstrong continued his assault on the magical 3-day barrier,

coming up a mere 2 miles short of halfway in 36 hours.

joe fejes’  race record is certainly in danger,

as greg was 16 miles ahead of joe’s 36 hour mark.

 

johan steene, the amazing swede, was keeping the pressure on,

trailing by only 11 miles,

despite being unscrewed thru the sweltering day.

 

both are out there in the darkness right now,

in the desolate hills

between Hohenwald and Hampshire.

 

the next 9 runners are only strung out over 15 miles,

so this should be a very interesting night.

as the rest and run patterns are starting to emerge,

and keep the standings in upheaval.

the race is only beginning.

 

backroads Tennessee continued its love affair with the race

and its runners.

 

parsons set up a “welcome center” as did linden.

and the internet is lit up with inquiries;

“when will the runners be here?”

“I love this race”

 

those waiting further along the course can relax.

once they start coming,

the runners will be passing thru for days.

 

and the runners love Tennessee in return.

 

laz

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