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Vol State Update: update from poseidon's perch - by Carl Laniak via ULTRAlist on July 17th, 2012

We are at castle rock ranch, awaiting the #2 runner.

But...

The sky is coming apart. This storm is more than laz or I have ever been in, from a volume of rain standpoint. It's raining more than a hurricane. Just incredible.
Josh and Paul have both retreated to their crew vehicles, but juli is up on the monteagle plateau with just the poncho in her pack. She is experiencing.... something... up there right now.

Carl

by Carl Laniak via ULTRAlist on July 18th, 2012 at 5.30 a.m. MEST = July 17th at 10.30 p.m. local time

Comment at 10.36 p.m. local time:

I used to head to the shore for hurricanes and this is still one of the worst storms I have experienced (albeit mostly from my car except to meet my runner and fix what he needs). Check out the radar for Jasper, TN. It bloomed out of nowhere.
Paul is running. Sat in car long enough to clean glasses and change batteries in flashlight. Town's without power are very dark...
Abi (Paul's soaking wet crew)
Sent from my Verizon Wireless Droid

Comment at 11.03 p.m. local time:

Joshua got in his crew vehicle when a limb blew down out of a tree and hit him, while a lightning bolt struck within spitting distance.

But Paul is apparently running on thru this storm. Gaining.

With the amount of rain coming down, he *might* even have most of the stink washed off of him.

This hellacious bit of weather just might have a huge impact on the race...if it keeps up long enough for Paul to make up 6 more miles....

Carl

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Vol State Update 11: 5.5 days - by Laz Lake via ULTRAlist on July 17th, 2012

today the people who were too lazy to already finish got a taste of real heat.
it cost us one more, as thomas mikkleson bailed at 250.

standings after 5.5 days:

1) dan fox 314 (5:03:09:33) king dan II; "if you get tired after 200 miles; that just shows a lack of training."
2) joshua holmes 297- hoping to finish after midnight
3) paul lefelhocz 285- making one last surge & closing ground. will it be too late?
4) juli aistars 280- resilient. what else can you say?
5) sulaiman sericki 254- he says he isnt stopping again until he reaches the rock
6) jay dobrojetski 252- can anyone say "hot pursuit?"
7) richard westbrook 250 - he has been in this spot for a day and a half.
8) charlie taylor 246-"this race right here is a man-maker. it makes you reach down in places you forgot you had"
9) john price 245- sounding very weary. but has 5 places within 9 miles. expect him to respond.
10) sherry meador 237- this is one tough girl, entering the homestretch.
11) psyche wimberly 231-in war trace and moving
12) dusty hardman 221- headed out into the night well rested
13) shannon burke 214- fighting to reach shelbyville and take a break
14) jan silverman 210- "my feet are a mess"
15) diane taylor 179- sleeping in columbia, preparing to spend all night on the road.
16) marvin skagerberg 155- medical care has worked miracles on his feet. fighting to get back on pace.
17) oprah 154- what can we say that hasnt already been said?
18) thomas mikkleson 250-RIP
19) rita barnes 185- RIP
20) sal coll 156- RIP
21) fred davis 125- RIP
22) erika matheny/adam venn 122-RIP
23) mike melton 121- RIP
24) abi meadows 100- RIP

tight races for the remaining places coming out of manchester.
nobody wants to yield a place after 5 and a half days in hell.
everybody would like to take one.
gonna be a couple of wild days coming up.
the only thing we know for sure...

there are no ties at the vol-state.

laz

by Laz Lake via ULTRAlist on July 18th, 2012 at 3.39 a.m. MEST = July 17th at 8.39 p.m. local time

Vol State Update: King Dan...5:03:09:33 - by Carl Laniak via ULTRAlist on July 17th, 2012

"this feels soooo good"

Pictures in my picasa album

Carl

by Carl Laniak via ULTRAlist on July 17th, 2012 at 5.32 p.m. MEST = 10.32 a.m. local time

Comment of Fred Murolo at 10.58 a.m. local time:

Hail King Dan!. That is a great time. Is that the uncrewed record?

Fred in Connecticut

Comment of Naresh Kumar at 11.02 a.m. local time:

What an inspiration. Dan the man.

Comment of Carl Laniak at 11.07 a.m. local time:

He broke his own unscrewed record.
And he is the first unscrewed King.

Carl

Comment of Lynnor Matheney at 11.29 a.m. local time:

Congratulations and all hail King Dan!!! Omg what a phenomenal achievement!! Very kewl. Very impressive. Geez!!!!! 
;-)
Lynnor

Comment of Chase Williams at 11.46 a.m. local time:

Awesome! Some amazing things happening these days!

Thanks
Chase Williams

Comment of Cheryl Lager at 11.53 a.m. local time:

Hail to the Unscrewed King!!!

Comment of DeWayne Satterfield at 12.34 p.m. local time:

Congrats King Dan...new unsupported record and the first unsupported
King (well at Vol-State anyway)...

Nice job Dan! Long live the king!

DeWayne Satterfield
Huntsville, AL

(DeWayne Satterfield is a former "King of the Road" as Carl Laniak is too!)

Comment of Rich Limacher at 2.45 p.m. local time:

Yeowza!!

Holey Fah-reeeking Moley!  Congratulations and All Hail to King Dan-the-Man!!!!

Short may he suffer!
Long may he reign!!
Come back next year
and re-reign?  A-gain?

He broke his own record!  And as Carl duly noted:  Dan is the First "Unscrewed" King!!!

Wow.

Congrats all over the place!
Makes me wanna suggest that he patent unscrewing.
I could possibly change all the lids on my jars to hammer-and-nail.  Ya think?

Oh!

ONE MORE AMAZING THING TODAY!

Today is Dusty Hardman's Birthday!  Yesssss!!!!

Let's maybe all wish her a "happy," eh?  Ya also think?

She's "out there" right now, making it from Lewisburg to Shelbyville and…beyond. (?)  Hopefully.  She could surprise everyone and make it even to Manchester??!!!

Anyway, I did already wish her a H-Bday off-line, and ever so recently contribute to her charity.  [It's on Facebook.  I'll provide details later--clearly marked "NUC" so that, when you see it and don't wanna even consider helping her out charitably (moneywise)--which you may then read or delete as you choose.]

However, the Limericker Taxi Service has in the meantime coughed up with a "poem" to celebrate:

There was a sweet Vol-Stater named Dusty
Who, footed with her tennies so trusty,
With her indomitable will
Crested every single hill
And shucked everything off that was crusty!

Happy Birthday to Dusty!  Short may SHE slog!!  ;-)

Yours troubly,

Rich Limacher
(who served as Dusty's crew at Barkley this year, and she--in her very first crack at it--made it farther than he EVER did!)

Vol State Update 10: 5 day standings - by Carl Laniak via ULTRAlist on July 17th, 2012

1) dan fox 303
2) joshua holmes 271
3) juli aistars 259
4) paul lefelhocz 250
5) sulaiman sericki 240
6) thomas mikkelson 235
7)  jay dobroplusk 234
8) charlie taylor 223
9) john price 222
10) sherry meador 220
11) psyche wimberly 203
12) richard westbrook -over 200, but has forgotten how to use phone
13) dusty hardman 190
14) shannon burke 187
15) rita barnes 185 (RIP)
16) jan silverman 184
17) sal coll 156 (RIP)
18) diane taylor over 144, but probably in dead (brain) cell zone
19) marvin skagerberg 136
20) oprah 135
21) fred davis 125 (RIP)
22) erika matheny/adam vess 122 (RIP)
23) mike melton 121 (RIP)
24) abi meadows 100 (RIP)

by Carl Laniak via ULTRAlist on July 17th, 2012 at 3.18 p.m. MEST = 8.18 a.m. local time

Vol State Update: best beer? - by Carl Laniak via ULTRAlist on July 17th, 2012

the debate can be put to rest.

at mile 300, dan fox slapped a $20 bill in laz's hand,
and said, "bring me a beer to the rock."

not sure what we'll get, but it'll be the undisputed best beer in
ultrarunning....

the one you down at the finish,
after winning the race.

king don's reign is into the final minutes.

carl

by Carl Laniak via ULTRAlist on July 17th, 2012 at 2.19 p.m. MEST = 7.19 a.m. local time