The Hellbender One Hundred is one of the most scenic hundred milers on the East Coast. This course will take you through a grueling tour of the massive Black Mountains, deep into the valleys below and to the summit of Mt. Mitchell, the highest mountain East of the Mississippi. With an elevation change of ~24,000+ ft, runners will experience some of the most challenging and beautiful trails in all of Western North Carolina. You'll not want to miss this premiere, graduate level hundred through the heart of Southern Appalachia!
This event has been postponed from Apr 03, 2020 to Nov 20, 2020
Registration Change as of 5/11/20
We are currently maintaining a waitlist for our registrations for the Nov. 20, 2020 race date. Due to the uncertainty that the COVID-19 Pandemic presents, if a current registrant drops from the field, the first person on the waitlist will be invited. If the invitee ACCEPTS the invitation, that person will NOT be charged until we can guarantee the event will be hosted on Nov. 20. Once we can confirm the race will take place, we will process the credit card payment. PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT THE INVITATION IF YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THIS STIPULATION!
UTMB Qualifying Event
The Hellbender 100 will once again be a 2021 UTMB qualifying race! All qualifying points and rules are subject to change from UTMB.
Alternate Course/ Race Cancellation
Let's hope it doesn't come to this! Due to the unpredictable weather at this time of year in Western North Carolina, the race director team reserves the right to use an alternate course if in fact safety of the runners becomes an issue due to weather/trail conditions! In the worse case scenario, the race may have to be cancelled and due to the permits and logistics of the race, there will be no make up date. If the race has to be cancelled, no refunds will be issued. The alternate course is currently being worked out with the permit agencies.
• 100k (Since Jan. 1, 2018) – 10,000’+
• 100 Miler (Since Jan. 1, 2018) – 14,000’+
• You can also submit a non-race you've done that follows the guidelines listed above. Must state pre-existing medical conditions/allergies - this can be done at https://www.run828foundation.org/hellbender-100-medical-questionaire
• 8 Hours Volunteer at another race or trail maintenance - Must be submitted by Nov. 15, 2020 - These hours can be submitted at https://www.run828foundation.org/submit-hb100servicehours
40 Hour Cutoff
Please visit our website for complete details
100% refunds will be issued until Oct. 1, 2020. Please kindly email us requesting a refund. Refunds will be made through PayPal or by check if requested & mailed out as quickly as possible.
After Oct. 1, and before Nov. 1 you may either:
a. Transfer your bib to another runner that meets pre-qualification requirements.
b. Defer until 2021 (permit pending approval of course). It will be your responsibility to remind us of your deferment when registration opens for the 2021 event.
After Nov. 1 no refunds, transfers, or deferrals. Please be respectful of these dates!
Military & NCMTR Discounts
If you are currently active duty Military or a Veteran, we'd like to give our thanks by extending a discount for your entry fee. Please reach out to Aaron Saft for your code.
Also, if you are a current Due paying member of the North Carolina Mountain Trail Club, you also can reach out to Aaron for your discount code.
Yes, we maintain an ordered wait list through Ultrasignup. As runners withdraw from the race, people on the wait list will be given an opportunity to register for the race based on the order they are listed. Selected participants will be notified via email once you have been selected. We give runners approximately 2 days to decide whether they want to sign up or pass on the opportunity. We remove invitations once the appropriate amount of time lapses. If we are within 2 days of the end of the registration period, you will get 2 days to decide so that we can fill the roster with runners who truly want to be in the race.
The odds of getting off the wait list depends primarily on the amount of turnover from the registered runners list. Since we don’t have any control over this, your guess is as good as ours.
Lodging at Start
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing, availability, and reservations for bunkhouses at Camp Grier (the start). Shuttles will be available back to camp at the finish area.
Campsites can be purchased through add-ons on this site.
All entrants will receive a race embroidered Eno Single Nest Hammock, a Pre-Race Meal on Thursday night (extras can be purchased through this site for crew, pacers, and family).
Finishers will receive a custom belt buckle.
Sub-24 Hour Runners will receive a custom painted wood cut from our local artist & 2018 2nd place male Jonathan Ibach.
Fully stocked aid stations (pacers included).
Food & beverage at the finish line.
Mandatory Gear Lists
Which Kit we use will be announced Nov. 18 through a general email, posted to www.hellbender100.com, & Facebook event Page.
Kits will be checked at Runner Sign in either on Nov. 19th or 20th.
Kits will be checked at Curtis Creek, Neal's Creek, Mount Mitchell, & Colbert's Creek Aid Stations.
Regular Mandatory Kit
Safety blinking light from start to Star Gap (Aid Station 1), 2 Headlamps or another type of light source w/ at least 250 lumens (ie Kogalla, waist/hand light(s)) & backup batteries for both light sources
Weather resistant jacket
Hydration Carrier with at least 40oz carrying capacity
Food, cell phone, backup battery to charge phone, and phone cord.
Cold Weather Mandatory Kit
ALL ITEMS FROM REGULAR MANDATORY KIT - the exception from the kit is the jacket needs to be water proof - you'll also be required to carry winter hat, weather resistant gloves (water proof suggested, but not required), Buff, 2nd base layer, shoe traction devices (IE Yaktrax, Kahtoola, etc.) - we will announce if these are necessary for this kit
A complete list of Rules for Runners, Crews, Pacers, & Spectators can be found at our website https://www.hellbender100.com/
Once a runner has been accepted to the race, the pacer must also sign up on ultrasignup.com
One pacer at a time on course per participant (you can have multiple pacers, but only one can be on course at a time).
Please visit our website for crew access Aid Stations. We are limiting crew vehicles to one per race participant. The vehicle must have the provided (at packet pickup) Crew Car Sign on the dash at all times during the event.
Please visit our website or Facebook event page for information on trail workdays.
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