Former Murfreesboro resident Greg Armstrong participated in a 314-mile race, on foot. Yes, he ran!
The 314-mile race is called “The Last Annual Vol State Run.” It started in Missouri and ends in Castle Rock, Georgia. Here’s the kicker though… the race must be completed in 10-days. It started on Thursday, July 10th. If you were to spread the run out over the entire ten days, that would be like running a full marathon followed by a 5K and then a 2-mile fun run – everyday for 10-days.
At 11:30, Sunday night… 40-year old Armstrong was in the lead, covering 307 miles. Greg’s wife Shelly reported on FaceBook that he took a short nap in Wartrace late Saturday night and then hit the road again.
Towards the end of the run, Armstrong’s closest competition was about 20-miles behind him, according to the official race log (HERE). Furthermore, he was only 12-miles away from breaking a race record. We are still awaiting information to see if that changed after the final 11-miles of the race. Armstrong finished the run at about 2 in the morning on Monday.
During the evening hours of Sunday night, we confirmed that 11 runners out of the 65 that started have quit the race and officially dropped out. Of those 11, 7 quit on day one, 1 quit two days into the run and 3 quit on day three. Armstrong finished the 314 mile race in 3 days 17 hours 50 minutes and 53 seconds. He ran about 78-miles every 24-hours. After Armstrong won, his wife proudly posted that he was "King of the Road."
The race is not over for the remaining runners. Others will continue running or walking for several more days as they still have time left on the clock. Again, the participants have a total of 10-days to complete the 314-miles.
On a very interesting side note… Armstrong did the entire run in sandals (Teva brand).
Note: Photo's from FaceBook as Armstrong's friends tracked his progress.