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LAVS 2018 – 144 HOUR UPDATE

Posted: July 18, 2018 by smrtnsasy in Race Reports
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This morning, at 0730, it has been 6 full days since the race began. In the scalding heat, 26 runners have quit from the screwed division (6 additional from crewed). Westbrook is  59th out the 62 remaining. He has covered 196 miles and is past Culleoka.

More good quotes:

Tim Hardy stated, “Tried to quit…. Jan wouldn’t let him! Now he’s hanging out with Grim.”

Bo Millwood, “I got chiggers on my feet. So my feet would swell in my shoes and it would scratch them.”

Cathy Downes, “I learned a lot about discomfort, and learned to truly value the ABSENCE of discomfort.”

Let us see where everyone checks in at tonight, after 7:30pm.

~ Season

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5 1/2 days into the race 24 screwed runners have quit. It has been record high temperatures this year. 67 are still in the unsupported division of the race with Westbrook in 62nd. He is hoping to finish still as the course grows more difficult and he manages his pain. Currently, 185 miles behind him, he is now past Columbia.

Screen Shot 2018-07-17 at 10.37.44 PM“Bench of Hope” at “Mack’s” Whiteside Market in Hampshire, TN. Photo from Melinda Whiteside Guettner. (Edward Masuoka on the “Bench of Despair.” Richard Westbrook in the white singlet)

 

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NUMBER 94 on the map still with 164 miles, Westbrook slept last night and is on the road again today. He planned on sleeping behind a church but then realized they opened the doors for the runners, so he slept comfortably inside. He is in pain but still hanging in there. He is 64th out of 68 screwed competitors. 22 total screwed runners quit.

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A great poem by Shawn Cox Sumner’s daughter that was posted on the Last Annual Vol State facebook page.

Another update after 7:30 pm. Stay with us and pray for all out there on the road.

~ Season

 

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1 more screwed runner dropped out, 69 left for now. Richard is 48th place with 164 miles in Hampshire.

Some check-in quotes from the runners. Out of the many, these are my favorite:

“I’m really ok , just leave me in the street, I’m really all good, I just can’t get up, I’m almost all good.”

“So many cemeteries on this stretch. Must resist joining the dead!”

“Lost my underwear.”

“Met an older couple that had celebrated their 60th birthday back in March… They asked all about what we were doing. As they were leaving, and he made the comment after looking back-and-forth between my wife and I… I guarantee that you’re going to lose more weight then she will! LOL”

“I’m 1/3 done!…Wait, I’m only 1/3 done?!”

“Fat Man’s declined my credit card. Really? Fat Man’s?”

“Slept in a Walmart parking lot. Officially part of the “people of Walmart”. I’m making my family proud.”

Keep it up everyone. I am sure the crazy is settling in now, if it didn’t before. Run through it and make it to the rock!

~ Season

 

 

 

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4 days behind them now, a total of 20 runners have dropped out of the screwed division. There is currently 70 still in the race. Richard maintains 43rd position. As of this morning’s check-in at 0730, Westbrook has 152 miles complete and is approaching Natchez Trace Parkway.

Nice people along the route leave aid when and if they can. Sheryl Patterson Butler posted this photo stating, “I do not live on the route, but I wanted to encourage and support in some small way. Hope this has helped! Between Culleoka and Moorseville.” Family members tracking their runners, and some runners, commented and thanked her for the aid. It is truly awesome to see the support that comes out in people along the way. – Good ‘ole country folk. I hope Dad saw this and it possibly helped him and many other runners. 

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Good luck to everyone out there on the road and the people at home worrying about them. May they all finish healthy and happy.

~ Season

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This evening the update is 16 runners have dropped out to leave 74 total in the screwed division where Westbrook is in 43rd position. He has 137 miles behind him and is past Linden.

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WESTBROOK ENJOYING A SNACK SOMEWHERE ON THE ROUTE, LAVS 2018, PHOTO FROM DIANE JONES-BOLTON

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WESTBROOK TAKING A MUCH NEEDED REST, LAVS 2018. PHOTO FROM PAM MOORE PRATT.

 

~ Season

 

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72 hours into the intensely hot, crazy long, I think I would die in the process, race. 2 more dropped out of screwed division, leaving 77 total where Westbrook is in 46th place. He has accomplished 121 miles and is now past the Tennessee River.

~ Season