Posts Tagged ‘314miles’

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LAST 24 HOURS

Westbrook has gone 276 miles and is over Monteagle. He was hurting badly, trying to make it over that mountain. He called last night, hearing that storms were coming through, to see if he would be able to take a break for his foot and shelter if needed. At the time he was right with Oprah and I don’t think he was planning on a break. I did tell him, per Carl at the race, that he probably could take a 2 hour break if needed and still be on track. He liked that but, being right there, I don’t think he could have…especially now seeing he is behind.

I know the weather last night involved rain and a lot of very consistent heat lightening. I woke up in the night and was amazed at how quickly the lightening was flashing. All I could think was how he might be doing out there on the road. I considered driving out to check on him, maybe encourage him along the way. Any aid from myself would disqualify him, and it may make him feel worse having someone there who can not help.

Again, people all along the route are aware of the race and love to do what they can to help. Pictures from welcoming signs along the route, compliments of John Price:

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One week behind them and 3 days left to complete the 500K, or 314 miles, to The Rock! 57th out of 59 total, Westbrook remains ahead of Oprah. He remains in pain with a toe that is probably broken since the night before the race began. He said it is impossible to run now with the injury, and is walking to make it to the finish.

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He is at mile 223 in Shelbyville. YAYYYYYY, LESS THAN 100 MILES REMAINING! 28 screwed runners have quit and 33 total have dropped out, throughout the race. He is doing all he can to make it but will need SERIOUS recovery time when it is all over. Considering he maintains a streak of running at least a mile every day, he will not be completely off of his foot to heal. He will ALWAYS get in that mile if he can not do more, no matter, rain, snow, ice, illness, injury, or broken bones.

Wish him luck and pray he makes it safely!

~ Season

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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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Westbrook has FINISHED! As he originally hoped for, but thought he would not make it, Richard beat his time from last year finishing a day earlier. Getting older and running faster. Last year his time was 6 days 4 hours 56 minutes 16 seconds and this year it was 5 days 23 hours 49 minutes 59 seconds. Way to go, Richard!

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Not only the faster time, Westbrook moved up in position and finished in a place of 8th in a division of 37 (one more dropped out at the end of day 6). Now he just has to get himself home where he will eat a whole bunch of eggs and rest. An article about the race from Richard coming soon.

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This is the final update before the finish for Westbrook. He has 279 miles behind him and was approaching Tracy City. Now only 35 miles remaining. He will not rest anymore until he is finished. As of now, Richard is maintaining 11th place in a division of 38 runners. The temperatures have cooled to around 57 degrees giving the runners a tremendous relief. Wish him luck to bring him home.