The Last Annual Vol State road race registration is now open on ultrasignup.
Beginning with a ferry ride across the Mississippi river, and finishing high atop Castle Rock, in North Georgia, the Vol State road race is an experience you will never forget.
With roots going back to 1980, the vol state is probably the oldest of the cross state expeditions. With age comes tradition, and the vol state is rife with traditions. One advantage of the longstanding race history, is the recognition along the way. The race winds its way from Missouri to Georgia, passing through numerous small towns along the way. The people along the course are well aware of the race and the runners are most often treated as conquering heroes. Runners also find themselves the target of road angels – locals who drive up and down the road as the race passes through, handing out cold drinks, fruit, or other treats.
There are a small number of slots allotted to crewed runners, but the majority of the vol staters are the ones who refer to themselves as “the screwed”, running without outside assistance, relying on what they can purchase, or the gifts of road angels.
The screwed runners park their cars at Castle Rock ranch in Georgia, and are then transported to the starting line in Missouri by tour buses. After feasting at the traditional last supper, and spending a final night in a motel, the runners are delivered to the ferry to begin their adventure.
For anyone who has ever dreamed of doing a journey run, but been reluctant to take on the challenge of the logistics,
this is your opportunity. The logistics of getting you to the start and having your vehicle at the finish are taken care of and there is a bailout available should the journey prove to be too much – rescue is always just a phone call away.
The race logistics require that you have your rooms and buses reserved by Christmas and the race is limited to 100 runners.
Last year there were 86 signed up. This year its expected to sell out.