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NUMBER 67 – One more runner in the solo group dropped out, leaving Westbrook holding steady in 32nd place out of 67 total in the screwed division. He has 134 miles behind him and is past Linden, Tennessee.

Thus far 4 crewed/supported runners have quit the race. At this point more screwed runners have dropped out but usually it is the other way around. Here is an explanation from Lazarus Lake on the Last Annual Vol State Road Race facebook page:

“another example why crewed runners quit more often than screwed.
james allen called for a ride yesterday,
but there was none close,
and he had no choice but to move on while he waited….

he is still out there, and past 100 miles this morning.

ultrarunners everywhere could learn from this.
most of the time the only reason you *dont* finish
is because you *can* quit when you want.”

And also from the facebook page is another photo of people offering support to the members of the race. Wonderful to see how people come together and want to be a part of it all and help.

“We are anxiously waiting for runners at about mile 186 in Culleoka, a few miles past the bench of despair! We hope to meet you and encourage you as you pass thru if we are at home, but if not please help yourself to the goodies and take a rest! Best of luck to all and we are praying for your safety!”

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Darden Pentecostal Church’s tent to aid runner’s – from Last Annual Vol State Road Race facebook page

Every year it seems more and more people come out to support the runner’s of Vol State. There are signs and tents set up at local businesses, in open fields on the roadside, and people’s homes and yards welcoming runner’s to help themselves to fruit, snacks, fluids, a place to rest and possibly some aid if needed. This year, depicted in the above photo, the Darden Pentecostal Church set up to help with a sign reading,

“Welcome Runners

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you”

“Good Luck”

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NUMBER 67 – Westbrook has checked-in for 60 hours. He has covered 113 miles and is right at the Tennessee River. Still in the screwed division of 68 runners strong, RW has moved on up into 32nd place tied with three other runners.

No call home from him today so not sure how he is feeling as of now. The weather has been a nightmare I am sure. Maybe he is resting or too busy trucking along through the night.

“An’ here I go again on my own

Goin’ down the only road I’ve ever known,

Like a hobo I was born to walk alone

An’ I’ve made up my mind

I ain’t wasting no more time….here I go again!”

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NUMBER 67 – At the completion of 48 hours Westbrook is at mile 85 past Parker’s Crossroads. He maintains 48th place with one other, out of the 68 screwed runners. With his last call to home he stated that his hamstring is still painful but he will try to run out the pain, knowing if it gets any worse he may not be able to continue.

From the Last Annual Vol State Road Race facebook page, a post from Lazarus Lake about the race weather, quoted:

” “it was raining so hard that i could not see the road (huge, ice cold drops that hit me like shots from a paintball gun), and the wind was buffeting me around until i wasn’t sure what direction i was going.”

“it was a slow death march in the blazing sun. it was only about 100 degrees, which felt almost chilly after yesterday.
but i was so over the thrill of running in the heat.”

“It was hard to believe that there was no cloud to block out the sun. it was obvious that it had just been pouring down rain here a few minutes ago. water was still running off the pavement in rivers, as clouds of steam swirled up in the bright sunlight. the last thing i needed at this moment, was to run in a sauna.”


for the vol staters, this was reality sinking in.
a lucky few were near shelter when the storms struck.
the others had no choice but to make themselves as small a target as possible,
and soldier on.

running the vol state is like boxing with your hands tied behind your back.
all you can do is absorb punishment.
you cannot dish any out.”

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NUMBER 67 – 36 hours later, Westbrook has scooted along into 48th (tied with two others) in the screwed division. He is at mile 72 and past Huntingdon, Tennessee. He trudges along with a painful hamstring fully intending to make the cut off time. Thus far, out of the initial 73 unsupported runners, 5 have dropped out of the race. One more attempted to quit but has now begun moving along again, leaving 68 in the solo running category.

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Shown as number 67 on the map – 24 hours into the race and Westbrook has completed 50 miles and just past Gleason, Tennessee. Still running with a hurt hamstring he has crept into 52nd place, tied with two other runners. He continues to push forward.

Screen Shot 2017-07-15 at 1.24.29 PMWestbrook is identified as number 67 in the white highlighted circle on the map above. As of 12 hours in, he is at mile 27, approaching Martin, Tennessee. Currently Richard is tied with two other runners for 68th place among the unsupported “screwed” runners. There are a total of 73 runners in this year’s screwed division.

His call in to home let us know that he is having a lot of problems with his hamstring and did not get off to the best start. He will continue on and see how it feels later.


Screen Shot 2017-07-15 at 1.01.32 PMRichard Westbrook is at it again, the Last Annual Vol State Road Race. He has entered as an unsupported runner, as always. He begins the daunting 314 miles from Missouri/Kentucky, through Tennessee, finishing in Georgia with nothing but a small pack on his back. The race course is mapped out above.

He tested his pack prior to leaving on his 3 year old granddaughter, Braylee (Rainbow). I guess he deemed it light enough since upon wearing it she didn’t fall over. I did not get the weight of his pack this year but it is usually around 8 lbs or so.

Stay with us to learn more updates of how he doing throughout. Keep him in your prayers and wish him luck!