Vol State Race Reports


Joe Fejes

Vol State day 1 results

Francesca Muccini 52/49 =101 miles
Bob Hearn 44/48=92 miles
Josh Holmes 55/37= 92 miles

I’m not a math guy but Bob’s numbers seem to be lower than the CR even assuming even pace?

I believe 95.26 miles per day is CR pace?

Or am I mistaken?

Hour 36

Francesca with a dominating 36 miles the past 12 hours extends her overall lead to 19 miles.

Here comes Becca though in third place with a 26 mile effort during the day —don’t count her out just yet!

I personally witnessed Becca running 19:38 at her overall win at last year’s Charleston 100 and she has the leg speed to reel in Francesca even though she is 34 miles down at 36 hours. For comparison sake, I was down 32 miles at 36 hours to Greg Armstrong’s CR only to have an hour difference between finishing the 314 miles.

The past 12 hours were tough on Bob and Josh. Not sure if injury or intentional but both had low miles:

Bob 26
Josh 10

Let’s see if they put up big miles overnight—it could happen. If they don’t then look for drops…

When I set the Vol State crewed record in 2013, I only ran 31 miles day 2 during the day but had 58 miles at night.

Big swings are possible at Vol State:

Overall mileage (36 hours)

Francesca M. 137
Bob Hearn 118
Becca Joyner 103
Joshua Holmes 102
Philip Vondra 102

Vol State 48 hour status update

Francesca Muccini puts up 43 miles the past 12 hours and is now at 180 miles.

Lookout though cause here comes Bob Hearn who crushed his evening run with 48 miles to bring his total to 166 miles and pull with 14 miles of the leader.

Big pack behind the two front runner::

Philip Vondra 127
Becca Joyner 125
Jim Winn 125
Joshua Holmes 125

Vol State 60 hour status report

Francesca continues to pour it on with a remarkable 40 mile effort today to put her at 220 miles. Bob Hearn is 17 miles back at 203 with a stellar 37 mile effort during the day.

I expect Bob to clawback significant miles tonight.

This is shaping up to be a close one!! Wow!!

Bob Hearn

11 hrs · 

Huge congratulations to Francesca Muccini for crushing her own course record at the Vol State 500K, running an unbelievable 3 days, 10 hours, 49 minutes — the first woman ever to break four days.

My own goals were to run sub-4 days, to shoot for Grant Maughan’s over-50 record, and, well, to win. The winner is actually declared “King of the Road” by the Tennessee State legislature.

Francesca and I fought mercilessly, but she refused to yield. I was thrilled to run 3 days, 12 hours, 3 minutes, ahead of John Cash’s third-best ever mark of 3d13h4m (behind only Greg Armstrong and Joe Fejes), as well as Grant’s record.

Well… except that now Francesca is #3, and I am #4. Also Francesca is over 50, so she has that too!

It’s going to take longer than usual to process this race — it is like no other. There will be a race report.

I cannot thank Regina Sooey and Bill Page enough for crewing. You can’t comprehend what a massive job that is at Vol State. No question, without their support this would not have happened. Their job was really harder than mine; I’m in awe at what went into it. I owe you a lot!

Thanks also to Greg Armstrong, Sue SchollBenjamin Timoner, and Ray Krolewicz (who helped engineer my last-minute entry) for very helpful advice about the race.

we now have 39 backyard races that have requested to be considered for golden ticket races in 2020.

update on the 2020 golden ticket races:
we now have 39 races that have requested to be considered for golden ticket races in 2020.
these represent 11 states (US) and 2 provinces (canada)
as well as 23 countries.
races that i know of that are not yet on the list are in singapore and japan.
as soon as i have enough information i will add those.

there is no charge to the races to be golden ticket events at this time.
we are just trying to help the backyard concept to flourish.
as it turns out, these are great everybody races.
they require less resources 
and a smaller space than your typical ultra,
and make a great venue for people to pursue personal goals in terms of distance.

in addition, they are just fun events.
rather than the entire field splitting up,
and only seeing a few people around your own ability
(or no one!)
the runners get to spend a lot of time running together,
even runners of disparate ability.

and we all know it is also an ideal venue to test the limits of your will to win!

so i am attaching the file of those races.
anyone who can help me fill in the missing information
(designated by ???)
i would appreciate it.
anyone who would like to add a race for consideration,
please send me the information,
and we will add it.

i am not sure of the exact method we will use to select the races,
but we are going to try to restrict it to one per country,
or region in the US and canada,
as we would like the golden ticket availability to be as evenly distributed as possible.
but don’t hesitate to add your proposed event just because one has already applied in the same country or region.
we will try to be fair and transparent with the selection process,
which will take place in august.
the one limitation would be the time of year,
as the bigs takes place in the middle of october.
any time after that would be for the next big’s,
and we don’t want to give out golden tickets too close,
because we want the winners to have a fair opportunity to recover and go for the championship.
september would be out,
and probably at least the latter part of august.
i am looking to get more input from people who have run top level backyards as to the recovery required before attempting another top level performance.

while there is no charge to be a golden ticket event,
the races have been paying the entry fee for their winner to enter the big’s backyard world championship.
and the south africa race has proposed to actually hold two events,
with the winner who has the highest total getting not only the golden ticket,
but also having his way paid to the big’s!
(i think that is pretty well a “state of the art” proposal!)
any race that can pull off something like that will obviously receive primary consideration.

the growth potential of the backyard ultra is hard to pin down.
they first became popular as an everyman event in sweden,
which now has about 30 backyard ultras and a population of only 10 million.
and they seem to be popping up everywhere else now.
pretty remarkable growth,
considering the first one was only held 6 years ago.

so now i will attach the excel file containing the list of races.
if i knew facebook better, i could probably guess where it will show up!

File HERE