Archive for May, 2015

Richard Westbrook at the finish of the Peach State 300 on the grounds of the  Tybee Island lighthouse

Richard Westbrook at the finish of the Peach State 300 on the grounds of the Tybee Island lighthouse

In a race from Dahlonega, Ga to Tybee Island, Ga and plotting your own route, seven runners began and three runners finished. Two runners, Jeff Dean and John Gordon, finished in the alotted time. They were both crewed along the way. Westbrook was uncrewed and ran into problems with lack of food, running 2 miles out of the way at one point, and realizing certain roads did not connect as he had mapped out…all causing delays. He finished the 293.70 miles (or maybe a little more) at the Tybee Island lighthouse. We lost him twice throughout the course. We had the race director search for him the first time and we drove for hours the last night and found him. Congratulations to the finishers of the PS300. Way to go, guys!

Richard Westbrook enjoying his finisher's award at the Tybee Island lighthouse...of the Peach State 300

Richard Westbrook enjoying his finisher’s award at the Tybee Island lighthouse…of the Peach State 300

Richard Westbrook's location at end of day 5, just before Guyton, Ga.

Richard Westbrook’s location at end of day 5, just before Guyton, Ga.

At the end of day 5 Westbrook has covered 245.50 miles and is just north of Guyton, Ga. Once again, his phone was dead with nowhere to charge it for him to check-in. We drove down for his finish but had to drive around and search for him through the night with nothing but his turn sheet to locate him. Still 3 runners to finish the Peach State 300.

Richard Westbrook's location at end of day 4, just leaving Millen

Richard Westbrook’s location at end of day 4, just leaving Millen

After not hearing from him for too long, Westbrook is back on track. Leaving Millen after putting 200.05 miles behind him, he has yet another long stretch into Savannah with no stores or places for food. Hopefully, he stocked up on some kind of snacks to keep him replenished. He has 93 miles to go as of his midnight check-in Saturday night/Sunday morning. Wish him luck. The race began with 7 runners and 2 dropped out after day one. As of day three, they are down to only 3 runners left, John Gordon age 43, Jeff dean age 36, and Richard “Lionheart” Westbrook age 68.

Richard Westbrook's location of end of day 3. Roughly 2 miles before Wren.

Richard Westbrook’s location of end of day 3. Roughly 2 miles before Wren.

Westbrook gave us a scare! His phone died on him and he was unable to call and check-in at his appointed time. When I checked in with the race director to see where he was, they set out with a search party for hours. After much going back and forth, I decided to drive the four hours or so to find him myself when the phone rang. Found him! He let us know his phone died and there was nowhere around for him to charge it. He was also unable to find a convenience store or anything for food so he went without eating for the day and night. Once he slept for all of 1.5 hours and found a McDonald’s (albeit out of the way and off course, but necessary) he charged his phone, filled his belly, and called to give us his whereabouts….THANK GOODNESS! He is still trudging along some backroads down there somewhere….

Richard Westbrook's location at end of day 2 for Peach State 300

Richard Westbrook’s location at end of day 2 for Peach State 300

Westbrook has completed 52.04 miles for day 2 of the Peach State 300. He has put behind him a total of 106.8 miles thus far and ended the day somewhere between Lexington and Crawfordville. He is approximately 5 miles north of Crawfordville to begin running again tomorrow.

The race began at 7am yesterday with 7 runners. As of 2pm Richard had run 27.93 miles and took a break at Burger King for a cheeseburger. At the end of day 1, Westbrook completed 54.76 miles in bad traffic and high heat, so much that 2 runners dropped out. Others were resting in hotels as Richard roughed it on the side of the road somewhere. Keeping it simple.

Richard Westbrook's location at end of day 1 for Peach State 300 - between Arcade and Attica, just before Athens, Ga.

Richard Westbrook’s location at end of day 1 for Peach State 300 – between Arcade and Attica, just before Athens, Ga.

Route from Dahlonega to Savannah

Route from Dahlonega to Savannah

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Route from Savannah to Tybee Island

Richard is running from Dahlonega, Ga to the light house on Tybee Island. The race, which has never been attempted before, is set for 5 days completion. There is no aid or support along the way. He is completely on his own and even picked out his route totaling 293.7 miles The race design is simply run from Dahlonega to Tybee and pick your own way. This should be interesting.

The race began at Hiker’s Hostel in Dahlonega, Ga this morning at 7am. Initially there were 11 runners entered but the final result were 7 present at the hostel to make the challenge. The youngest runner is a 25 year old male; and the eldest is Richard at 68. Other runners are crewed except Richard. Good luck to all!

Hiker's Hostel in Dahloega, Ga

Hiker’s Hostel in Dahloega, Ga

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Richard at Hiker’s Hostel