Gary Cantrell, known as Lazarus "Laz" Lake, is an endurance race designer and director. His races include the Barkley Marathons, Big's Backyard Ultra, Barkley Fall Classic, and The Vol State 500K. In 2018, Lake covered the United States on foot, starting in Rhode Island and ending in Oregon.
In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, he organized the Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee (#GVRAT), which started on May 1 and ended four months later. During that period (123 days), the more than 19,000 participants - from all over the world - averaged over 5 miles per day to run (virtually from their hometown/country) a total of 635miles / 1021 km, and so crossing virtually the entire state of Tennessee.
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