Kentucky’s only 100 mile trail race will take place on Pine Mountain, deep in the heart of central Appalachia, during the weekend of October 1-2, 2016. The out and back course, as well as the accompanying 100k, 50k and 25k distances will wind along the rugged, rocky and remote Pine Mountain Scenic Trail through Pike and Letcher counties in southeastern Kentucky. Although parts of this region have been developed, strip mined or heavily logged, Pine Mountain remains relatively untouched, and it is home to the greatest diversity of plant life in the Commonwealth, making it a true ecological treasure.
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The Pine Mountain Scenic Trail traces a razor’s edge geological fault line along the southern Kentucky-Virginia border, stretching from Breaks Interstate Park to near Whitesburg, where it offers breathtaking views of Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee. This unique trail passes through dense forestland dotted with pioneer homesteads, cliffs, waterfalls, rock shelters, rhododendron thickets, caves, upland bogs and enormous sandstone boulders. Breached by only six roads in 110 miles, this is one of the most physically demanding trails in the East, and it remains a significant unprotected wilderness area.
Due to the difficulty of the 100 mile distance, the cutoff time will be 40 hours.
The 100 mile and 100k distances are qualifying races for the prestigious Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc in Europe, awarding six (6) points for participants who finish the 100 miler and five (5) points for finishers of the 100k.