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No map posted for me to note where Westbrook and all other runners are on that lonely road. I do have the stats to report that he has 253 miles behind him and is located past Manchester, note the big thumbs up on the map.

61 MILES TO GO!

Despite the sleep deprivation and delirium he is “movin’ on up” into 36th of the 62 screwed runners. So close to that finish line, AKA The Rock!

 

NUMBER 67 – I have to make a correction. For the last update at 132 hours I reported that there were 61 runners left in the screwed category, in fact there were 62. One competitor was grayed out and I missed him in my count. So, then and even now, there are 62 screwed runners with Westbrook holding 38th position. He has 238 miles accomplished and is past Wartrace, Tennessee.

We are in the countdown now, 76 MILES REMAINING! If he continues as he has been with this pace, he will finish one day prior to the cut-off. He can do this! He has the grit and fortitude of a wild animal at times and the determination of no other that I know. Stay with him in prayers and encouragement. If the heat alone does not kill off the runners so many other obstacles out there might. Stay tuned…

 

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NUMBER 67 – Less than 100 miles remaining for the old man! He called in tonight and let me know that he was having a hamburger. His side/back pain has diminished from all the Gatorade he consumed. He occasionally feels it returning and pounds more Gatorade for the electrolytes, and it subsides yet again. Unfortunately, the hamstring tightness has not left him. His quote for this year’s race, “I am just dragging my leg behind me.”

He said he was in Shelbyville, Tennessee when he called , but the race check-in has him at mile 217 and past Lewisburg. Maybe he is between Lewisburg and Shelbyville. Thus far, the screwed (runners competing without any support) division has 61 runners and Richard is 40th.

He has always finished under the allotted time frame. He is just running to finish now. It will be close, but he can still make it!

 

 

 

NUMBER 67 – 120 hours later, or 5 days into the race wondering what made him crazy enough to do this, Westbrook is still moving forward in the grueling heat on the open road. He still hurts but will not stop. Run through the pain, your body will adapt is what he holds steady to from his many previous experiences. This has rang true, but at times, running through the pain simply can not be done.

Two screwed runners ahead of Richard have switched themselves into the crewed division in need of some support, and letting Westbrook move ahead a bit. He is in 37th place in the solo division. He is past Lewisburg, Tennessee having completed 203 miles. Two other screwed runners, behind Richard also switched to the crewed group and one of them has quit. The unsupported, screwed group of runners has now dwindled to 64 crazy people pounding the pavement. Wish them the best and that they all struggle into the finish at some point in time.

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NUMBER 67 – Still out of 66 competitors in the unsupported division, Westbrook has moved into 37th place with 187 miles. He is at the Bench of Despair, an appropriate place to be I suppose.

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NUMBER 67 – No word from him today as of yet but this morning’s update puts Westbrook past Hampshire at 167 miles. OVER HALFWAY THERE! One more unsupported runner has quit the race leaving a total of 66 in the solo division. RW is 38th of the screwed runners.

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Photo from random spot on the road courtesy of the Last Annual Vol State Road Race facebook page. GO RICHARD!

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NUMBER 67 – As of 84 hours into the race, Westbrook has made it to Hohenwald, Tennessee and finished 145 miles. For now, he is in 39th place of the 67 screwed runners.

Richard called home again. He has not felt better at all and said the heat is ungodly! He is taking a break to see how he feels later in order to continue on. The pain in his hamstring is lingering and now his side/back is hurting. He is sure it is an electrolyte depletion so the plan is for rest and Gatorade. He had this happen before in two other ultra races (one being Vol State and the other a race across Georgia 2 years ago) and he was unable to finish, barely being able to walk.

Hopefully the rest helps and not sure how much Gatorade is needed to replenish the electrolytes lost. Wish him luck and keep him in your prayers. Tomorrow’s weather report for his area will be 89 degrees but feels like 92 degrees, 92% humidity and 10% chance of rain.