Posts Tagged ‘500k’

Well, well, well, Westbrook told me a while back that he had lost his turn sheet information for the course. At first I thought, he as run this so many times surely he knows the course. I asked and he reassured me that he knew where to go. Then I considered, how the hottest July ever coupled with the lack of sleep, enduring pain, and so forth, can induce some level of delirium. What if he is completely confused at some point and gets lost along the way? What if he is walking along in a zombie like daze and walks right passed a turn and unknowingly continues on the wrong route for a good distance?

Unfortunately, he DID get lost, twice. Two other runners happened upon him and realized he was lost and confused. They took him with them to ensure he was on the right path once again. He said they talked and argued with one another and then moved ahead. Westbrook did not have cell phone service to check in so the race admin did not have him on the tracking sheet or map. Once I spoke to him I had to tell him to also check in.

Collectively, we have him at mile 291 just passed Tracy City. He is 79th out of the 89 screwed total. Sandra, from the race admin contacted me to say he is at Steve Smalling’s house and safe. Steve annually has a fantastic aid and rest area for the runners set up. Hopefully, Westbrook can rest for a bit and gather himself enough to make it to the finish without adding extra miles.

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RICHARD WESTBROOK, NUMBER 87 ON THE MAP, IN LAVS 2019

~ Season

 

 

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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)