Posts Tagged ‘500k’

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WESTBROOK MADE IT! Everyone left, made it.

80 runners total completed the unforgiving 500K. Richard Westbrook finished at around 3:45ish am with a time of 9 days, 20 hours, 3 minutes, and 54 seconds. He was the last to finish and is now the only runner to have finished first and last for Vol State. His finishing quote:

“I’m never doing that again.”

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Richard Westbrook at The Rock with BJ Timoner and Carl Laniak

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Richard Westbrook and Juliet Brundige on their finishing thrones with BJ Timoner in the back

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Carl, Simon, Jan, Juliet, Richard, and Ed

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Carl giving Westbrook his finish awards

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The broken toe post 314 miles

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Broken toe post race, some skin break

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Post 500K

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Post 500K

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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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With Oprah gaining on him, Westbrook is at mile 238, past Wartrace. 76 miles left! He broke his toe the night before the race. One would think he would not have even started, but if you know him at all, you understand that would be highly unlikely. The picture previously posted of his toe was from the night it happened. He has not taken his shoe off since he began the race. I am sure it looks EXTREMELY bad by now.

More random check-in quotes (no sure who says what):

“Still no phone, doing my thing, expect me to stay in front of the clicking heels unless you here otherwise. Westbrook is a god!” BJ Timoner (I think)

“I just deleted all the German names off my phone. It’s Hans free.”

“LAVS rewards patience. You can go from zero poops in four days to three poops in one day. 😃👏”

Hang in there, everyone, and stay ahead of Oprah! You have come this far, so you can get through the rest!

~ Season

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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

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