180 HOUR UPDATE

Posted: July 17, 2020 by smrtnsasy in Race Reports
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Westbrook is past Hillsboro with 261 miles. One more runner has dropped out. There are 50 total remaining with 39 being screwed. RW is 34th in his division, and 42nd overall.

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RICHARD WESTBROOK AS THE TOP RUNNER IN LAVS 2020, PAST HILLSBORO.

53 miles to go until the finish at Castle Rock, Ga. He may have gone off course and run a little extra, but he is still moving along and will get there eventually!

168 HOUR UPDATE

Posted: July 16, 2020 by smrtnsasy in Race Reports
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RICHARD WESTBROOK AND SHENOA CREER IN MANCHESTER, TN DURING LAVS 2020. (PHOT0 CREDIT TO SHENOA CREER)

Westbrook is currently 34th in the screwed division of runner’s. After making it to Manchester, TN he finally came upon another runner, Shenoa Creer, after 2 days of seeing no one else in the race. All things considered, he looks pretty good. As for this morning’s check-in RW is past Busy Corner at 247 miles. Hang in there and keep moving forward!

156 HOUR UPDATE

Posted: July 15, 2020 by smrtnsasy in Race Reports
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At 3pm it was 95 degrees and a little later at 5:30pm, 97 degrees. Westbrook called his wife again and (of course after I mentioned delirium) he was all out of sorts and off course. He butt dialed her, apparently, and was speaking with a man who told him he was no longer on course and had to back track about 5 miles to Wartrace. I guess he will be finishing a 324 mile race rather than the usual 314 this year. He thought he was somewhere in my town, over an hour away and could not remember when he ate last. Between hunger, the hellish heat, and lack of sleep there is good reason for him not to think straight.

He called again a while later and said he made it to Wartrace and is back on course, found some food, and is going to find somewhere to sleep for a a while. Maybe after that he will be less delirious and know where he is going. Goodness!

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RICHARD WESTBROOK AT MARATHON GAS STATION IN WARTRACE, TN DURING LAVS 2020, (PHOTO CREDIT TO JAN WALKER)

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RICHARD WESTBROOK IN WARTRACE, TN DURING LAVS 2020. (PHOTO CREDIT TO JAN WALKER)

He was late on his evening check-in, might have been asleep. They are tracking him at mile 240, past Wartrace. This will put him in 33rd place in his division (remember though, with additional mileage after going off course). Let’s hope he stays on track from here on out.

RW has made it past Shelbyville and completed 225 miles. He is 30th within the screwed runners. Yay, less than 100 miles remaining! When he rested the other day, he only planned on sleeping for an hour and it turned into two. That put him behind a little, but he needed the rest to avoid too much delirium.

The area Westbrook is in today, the high is 93 degrees with a heat index as high as 97 degrees. There will be some southwest wind around 5 mph.

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TODAY’S WEATHER IN WARTRACE, TN (COURTESY OF WEATHER.COM)

132 HOUR UPDATE

Posted: July 15, 2020 by smrtnsasy in Race Reports
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RICHARD WESTBROOK AT 132 HOURS INTO LAVS 2020.

The latest update finds Westbrook approaching Wheel with 211 miles. He is currently 26th out of the unaided runners. Richard called home again and said he was leaning to one side as he had in prior races, again. A family driving by stopped to check on him and asked if he needed anything. He asked if a Wal-Mart was nearby so he could purchase a ski stick. He had been walking with a stick to help keep him more upright, but it wasn’t working too well. The family left and returned with something much more stable. Now he has the needed supported to keep him straight as he continues moving forward.

120 HOUR UPDATE

Posted: July 14, 2020 by smrtnsasy in Race Reports
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Halfway into the 10 days until the race is over, Westbrook is past Culleoka at mile 196. He was able to get some much needed sleep at the Nutt house which dropped him to 29th position in the screwed category. As Kim Nutt commented on the LAVS facebook page, “Thank goodness he got some rest! I told him I was going to tape him to the chair if he didn’t get some sleep.” I am so glad he did. Maybe he will be somewhat recharged to battle through the remaining 118 miles to the finish.

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RICHARD WESTBROOK PASSED OUT AT THE NUTT HOUSE, LAVS 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY OF JAN WALKER).

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RICHARD WESTBROOK WITH DARREN DYKES, BENCH OF DESPAIR, LAVS 2020 (PHOT0 COURTESY OF DARREN DYKES).

After 4.5 days into the race, Westbrook has made it to The Bench of Despair at mile 186. He is 24th in a group of 42 unsupported runners. 128 miles to the finish at Castle Rock, Ga. Thus far, RW has averaged 41.3 miles a day. He only has to average 23.27 miles to finish in the allotted time frame. So far, so good!

96 HOUR UPDATE

Posted: July 13, 2020 by smrtnsasy in Race Reports
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RICHARD WESTBROOK, PAST HAMPSHIRE, AT 170 MILES IN LAVS 2020.

In a division of 53 screwed runners, Westbrook is currently 23rd place. He is past Hampshire at 170 miles. One more runner has dropped out, totaling 15 all together. Two competitors have finished the race, although they were both crewed runners. We tend to only look at the others in the same unsupported group as RW. The runner in third place, however, is a screwed runner.

We still have 51 crazy runners on the road out there trying to make it to Castle Rock in extremes of flooding rains and “hotter than anyone wants to be in, even when not running” heat index. I am sure the steam is rising off the road. More updates to follow so stay tuned and wish them all the best.

84 HOUR UPDATE

Posted: July 12, 2020 by smrtnsasy in Uncategorized
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RICHARD WESTBROOK, SOMEWHERE AROUND GLEASON. (PHOTO COURTESY OF KIM MONTGOMERY).

A total of 14 runner’s have quit the race, leaving a remainder of 52 on the road. Currently, Westbrook is over halfway at 160 miles. After 84 hours into the race, he has moved into 14th place in the screwed category.

One night he was having trouble finding anything open for food, all he had was a Snickers bar and a drink. The following day around noon he got a chance to eat at Burger King. RW and a group came upon a familiar campground where, in the past years, the owner welcomed them to relax and get fed. This year, a new owner is running the campground and would not let the runner’s on the property even to buy a drink out of the machine. What an arse!!!

Tonight, he is on the search for sustenance once again. Hopefully, he finds something open or a well timed Road Angel along the way. He definitely needs the fuel to keep on through the next half of the race.

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RICHARD WESTBROOK AND KAREN JACKSON, TURNING IN TO TAKE A BREAK. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PAM PRATT).

72 HOUR UPDATE

Posted: July 12, 2020 by smrtnsasy in Race Reports

STORE ALONG THE ROUTE, NOT OPEN, AND REFRESHMENTS SET OUT FOR THE RUNNERS. (PHOTO COURTESY OF MELINDA GUETTNER).

According to Melinda Guettner, in reference to the photo above, “***UPDATE 7/12, 7:30 a.m. – Due to heavy rains and strong winds this morning we have moved the drinks and snacks to the front porch of the store. We have received 3 inches of rain and have lots of flooding. Please be careful! ”

The 72 hour update has Richard past Linden at 139 miles. He maintains his same place among the other competitors. Let’s all hope the weather doesn’t get the best of anyone out there on the road. I am sure it is a struggle!