Volunteer Firefighter Will Run 314 Miles At Volunteer State Road Race

Monday, July 8, 2019

On Thursday, Sal Coll, a 58-year-old firefighter from Sequoyah Volunteer Fire Department, will participate in his eighth year in the Volunteer State Road Race.

The race will start at the Kentucky/Tennessee state line, where Mr. Coll will run 314 miles across the state of Tennessee and end at Castle Rock on Sand Mountain on July 21. 

Mr. Coll started running in 1983 as a participant in the Gillette Marathon in London, England and has finished 137 Ultra Run events. Since then, he continues his dedication to training and staying shape for these events.

“Training in this heat and being on your feet for long periods of time is a challenge. At my age, finishing these types of events, brings a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction to me. This race is also a reunion of Ultra runners from around the world,” said Mr. Coll.

Mr. Coll completed his Firefighter 1 certification in May and will have ran over 25,000 miles after this event.


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