|2014 - 2015 - 2016 King of the Road and Course Record Holder|
|3rd fastest finish|
|"God, this would be so easy with a crew!"|
|"That was QUITE an adventure! I was scared to death when I signed up for this. Which is a good reason to do it.|
|"That was fun!"|
|"I'm not doing anything without shade for a while."|
|"This is in honor of my grandfather, who would've been 100 this year... I turn 40 today, which age group does my performance fit in?"|
|"Thursday seems so long ago..."|
|After 90 seconds of silence.....in a hushed, deliberate tone.....
|"The last twenty miles were brutal, I turned off my watch because I didn't want to see the minutes, or the miles...OH!"|
|"I knew it was gonna be horrible at some point, but I didn't know my shins we're going to react like this. I finally realized I was just gonna have to walk. I'm not a very emotional person, but I've gotten emotional during this a few times.|
|"Oh...my...goodness. That was an Adventure. I think I'm just gonna throw these clothes away. I'm hanging out here, cuz I can't move anymore. This 314 will be the first sticker I've ever put on a car. It's GOING on there.|
|"Apparently it gets harder every year, that was rough. Ya know, it was pretty good times, but rough. My truck's down there, I can sleep in it. It's gotta be better than concrete, right?|
|"Laz, you are one EVIL DUDE."|
|"I'm just very...blessed. Wow, just, wow...lots of things....oh wow, shew."|
|"That road to castle rock is like a cheese grater."|
|"I'm *so* tired of junk food."|
|"I can't figure out why this was so hard....I wanted 4 days, but it just couldn't happen."|
|"I needed a few days to adjust to that heat. It really kinda broke me down a few times. It was hard to keep moving and stay motivated. It was a lot harder than I anticipated."|
|"It's strange how nothing hurts...once you get past that gate." and "I want someone to bring me something...it can be anything, just someone ELSE has to bring it to me. I'm sick of being self sufficient!"|
|"Just today, I cooled off in a veterinarian office, a hair salon, a police station...if it was close to the road, and I heard an air conditioner...boy, I went in there." and "I'll appreciate cold water, air conditioning, and propping my feet up more than I ever have in my life. The downsides were, I missed my wife, and those dang rumble strips."|
|"Physically I was expecting an ass whooping...and I wasn't disappointed. Each of the first 3 days I expected that I'd do better tomorrow, then I realized it wasn't gonna happen that way. It was fun though."|
|"Sitting feels damn good. We made some mistakes..."|
|"We were saved by the road Angels. I think we hit every long empty section during the heat of the day... " and "The volstate killed my Fitbit."|
|"I had a good time.....as sick as that sounds...."|
|"One of the highlights was when Greg Armstrong gave me a slushie at mile 214. |
I can't wait to put the sticker on my car."
|"Hallucinations? I thought a fire hydrant was a Pomeranian. I never doubted I'd make it. I was really tired but I never doubted."|
|"Everything is fine, no problem!"|
|"I met my goal, which was to finish in the daylight... I just didn't realize it would be the NEXT day."|
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|"It feels like the skin is rotting off my body. Now that was a whole new level of pain."|
|2010 King of the Road "This is a recurring bad dream, it's happened 4 times."|
|"Wow, I am speechless."|
|"It feels really really good to stop!"|
|"You don't go back 10 miles for anything here!"|
|"That was the most beautiful meat grinder I've ever touched!"|
|"I've done things with Sergio I never did with anyone else!"|
|"You get it in your head that you can do a certain mileage day after day, and then you get here and the whole thing goes out the window."|
|"That was, like, the weirdest adventure! It's gonna feel weird not to run 20 hours tomorrow." and "I wanted to finish today, because it would mean I don't have to sleep in the space blanket again....that's REAL motivation."|
|"You think I would learn. It hurts so bad."|
|"Im ready to be dry. I've been wet for nearly 8 days and I'm ready to be dry. I decided I was gonna enjoy my last 14 miles."|
|"The second year is harder than the first." and "I've slept in a lot of weird places in the army, but I've slept in a lot weirder at volstate."|
|"I wanted to see this in the daylight, and I made it. Wow." and |
"It was everything I thought it would be...
It was everything I was scared it would be...
It was the highlight of my running career, probably always will be. Shewwy, that's a long way...wow.
And the road angels....oh god, the road angels!
|"The prettiest part was Wartrace. That was beautiful."|
|"I don't need a refund on that jacket. I wanted it bad!"|
|Which part was your favorite?
"None of it.... Well, the rock, I liked that."
|"There was good days and bad days...like today was a BAD DAY!
Well, I got to the rock, so I guess it was actually a GOOD DAY."
|"The most special thing to me was the road Angels. They would come along and lift you up, it was amazing!"|
|"Boy...oh boy.... Somewhere along the way I opened Lazdora's box, and out jumped blisters and muscle spasms."|
|"I pictured a pleasant walk through small country towns.|
Instead it was sleeping in driveways, getting woken by the police, oh my goodness.
It felt like a death march, and it wasn't even half way!
Do I get a ride back to my car, or would I be disqualified...??
The highlight was checking in to Laz."
|"I was talkin in my sleep walk. 32 hours straight from Manchester to the rock."|
|"Vol State 2016 thoughts and observations |
- It was So hot I Went into the hotel room and turned on the heat by mistake, and it still felt cooler than outside.
- We got our money's worth. But next year we may just sit in a recliner in a cool room and every 25 minutes or so stick a Dollar in a shredder. Every hour or so go to the fridge and grab a cold drink and pour it down the sink
- Cold Bud Ice tastes like I imagine cold butt sweat would taste.
- At 3am even trash on the grass can be funny. In fact, everything is funny.
- Walk at night, take your glasses off so everything in the distance is fuzzy... And let your imagination go wild.
- Saw two ghosts in front of the walking horse hotel. They came directly towards us; and turned into two kids on bikes with lights on.
- At night It's really hard to take a photo of a tree that looks exactly like a T Rex. Even with a full moon in the background.
- You can take a photo at night of a freshly dead skunk if someone will shine a light on it first.
- Want to piss off a possum? Just follow it with a beam of light for awhile.
- Walking by a cornfield, I thought how some people look like they walk with a cob up their butt; and wondered if it would help me.
- 5 hour energy, in any flavor, tastes terrible; especially if you sip it. But it definitely gives you about a two hour boost.
- It's still cool to have the A/C on high and make a little tent with your covers.
- Coins are harder to pick up on day ten
- Don't walk down the center of the road in Kimball; even if it's 03:30 and there are no cars on the road except the Jasper Police.
|"So.......well.......I have no idea what I was gonna tell you."|
|"This has been surreal for me, I don't know what to say. Thank you so much."|
Jameelah Abdul-Rahim Mujaahid
|From Facebook last night: |
"Dude!!! I am officially sick of VolState!! I cannot wait to get to the ROCK slap Laz around and drag him 314 miles through these hot a@@ small towns where everything closes at 2pm WTF!! I am sick of eating hotfries and gatorade for breakfast. Tried to get some ice and a man gave me 1.57 said sorry lady this is all I have. I look and smell horrible. He thought I was homeless. I threw my white shirt away and I still look a hot mess. I threw my wig away, some runners thought I lost my head lol. Actually why did I come again, who needs another jacket. I want my mommy, I want to take a shower, I want to brush my teeth in my own bathroom. Please stop biting me chiggers, bed bugs, mosiquitos. I am red all.over, my hair needs to be washed. F@@@!!! This is the greatest race ever!!! See you next year÷)."
|"Well, now it's back to the real world I guess..."|
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|"What I noticed was that the road Angels might not have all that much, but they were happy to share with us. The Bologna and cheese sandwiches I was offered really reminded me of my childhood."|
|"Praise God for the strength for, and the gift of, every mile. Except for the last one, that one was too painful!
I don't know if Gary Cantrell is an ultrarunning Zen master, or just an evil bastard.
Now I gotta get a tattoo."
|"4 down, 6 to go!"|
|"Oprah was never really a factor.."|
|83||Janice Silverman||0||46||68||87||116||130||162||179||196||219||234||247||251||251||251||251||251||251||251||251||251||251||IL||crewed||past Manchester||Quit|
|39||Stephanie Carter||0||45||56||82||88||107||125||140||164||177||185||187||187||187||187||187||187||187||187||187||187||187||NC||crewed||Bench of Despair||Quit|
approaching Natchez Trace Parkway
past Tennessee River
|2013 King of the Road and previous Course Record Holder|
|"Dropped - is burnt or dead"|
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past Parker's Crossroads
|His hat says: '"He who sleepwalks is not only lost, but miles from the next turn"|
|10||Rachael Howard||0||37||48||67||82||82||82||82||82||82||82||82||82||82||82||82||82||82||82||82||82||82||PK||crewed||Parker's Crossroads||Quit|
|15||Robert McCarl||0||37||48||67||82||82||82||82||82||82||82||82||82||82||82||82||82||82||82||82||82||82||PK||crewed||Parker's Crossroads||Quit|
|Rumored to be purchasing the Best Western in McKenzie|
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|30 Crewed / 51 Screwed||15|
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