Welcome poor soul to the 6th Annual Hell Hole Hundred! While each distance utilizes the same section of trail, each event offers up its own little slice of misery…and adventure!
All participants will have a place to camp Thursday night through Sunday morning. You will have access to restroom facilities, but there are no shower facilities.
The event schedule is as follows:
• Devil’s Doorknob, 211.9 mile race that starts on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at NOON
• El Diablo 140.6 mile race starts on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 6PM
• 16.3 and 50K NIGHT RACE starts Friday, May 31, 2019 at 6PM
• 100 Mile, 100 Mile 5 Person Relay, 100K, 50k and 16.3 mile events start on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 7AM
Devil's Doorknob participants are required…I say it again, required to have a team of at least 3 people for the duration of the event. If 2 individuals want to sign up together and run the entire race together, they can share the same crew for the duration of the event…or until they quit. It takes 13 times around Jericho Horse Trail to complete the 211.9 miles.
Devil’s Doorknob participants will be required to wear a SPOT Gen 3 GPS Tracker. This will be provided to you prior to the event. This piece of gear is required to be on you at all times. It must be visible and not covered up. I am tracking each participant to ensure you are on course and not lost due to the very real possibility that you will hallucinate at some point during the event. Also, if you run into trouble, you can contact me with preset messages to let me know you are just not right and need some assistance. You crew can also help you out during the event. BUT at no time can they DRIVE you down the dirt roads. Once you get into a vehicle and move, you are disqualified from the event.
Devils Doorknob is a self-supported event for the first 42 hours.
El Diablo participants are required to do 2 loops around Jericho Horse Trail PRIOR to 7AM on Saturday morning to CONTINUE the event.
El Diablo is also self-supported for the first 12 hours of the event. It is not required that you have a crew, but I would encourage you to have people that can assist you.
For Devils Doorknob, El Diablo and the 16.3 mile night participants: Water will be placed at locations roughly 6 miles apart (Basically where the manned aid stations will be later in the event).
All runners are required to check in at the Hwy 41 and Yellow Jacket Road aid stations during the entire event. Devil’s Doorknob, El Diablo, 16.3 and 50k night runners must carry what you want to eat while out on the trail or have your crew meet you at locations along the route to supply you with food as there is NO FOOD on the course until Saturday morning.
Google Maps link to Jericho Horse Trail and the start/finish area: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/33.2008205,-firstname.lastname@example.org,-79.7657923,798m/data=!3m1!1e3
Time Frame, Awards and Stuff
• Devil's Doorknob - 78 hours to complete 211.9 miles. There are cut offs for this event. Participants must complete 100 miles in 30 hours and 140 miles in 45 hours to continue with the event.
• El Diablo - 43 hours to complete 140.6 miles.
• 100 miles in 30 hours.
• 100k in 20 hours
• 50k in 10
• 16.3 miles in 5 hours (both day and night events)
If you complete your event within the time frame given, you are considered and “official” finisher and will be awarded your time and Finisher Coin. If you are running Devil's Doorknob, El Diablo or the 100 Mile event, you will be awarded the Finishers Coin along with a buckle if you complete the event in the given time frame. 100 mile runners, due to the extremely low finisher rate of this event, I will order four buckles to be handed out at the event. If there are more than 4 finishers, buckles will be ordered and mailed to you.
Devil's Doorknob and El Diablo 140.6 mile winners will have special belt buckles commemorating the completion of the toughest foot race around.
Stuff: Do not get caught littering on the trail. If you do…you are automatically DISQUALIFIED from the event… Period.
If you decide to drop, you will be awarded a DNF (Did Not Finish), hand over your BIB number and RING THE CHICKEN BELL. The chicken bell is nothing more than a bell with a chicken standing on the top of it. I am not implying that you are a chicken…
Do not argue with event staff! If they feel that you are unable to finish the event due to your mental/physical condition or your average lap time, you will have your bib removed and you will be pulled from the course. IF you choose to continue, you will be banned from ALL Eagle Endurance, LLC events.
• Start/Finish Line – Fully stocked and supported with bathrooms
• Conifer Road (after crossing the concrete walkway around Nicholson Creek) – Water Stop Only
• Hwy 41 Trail Crossing – Fully stocked and supported with bathrooms
• Burned Cane Road - Water Stop Only
• Yellow Jacket Road at Thomas Road – Fully stocked and supported with bathrooms
• Hell Hole Road - Water Stop Only
The Trail and Use of the FMNF
All events take place within the Hell Hole Swamp located in the heart of the Francis Marion National Forest located outside Charleston, South Carolina.
The trail we run on is called the Jericho Horse Trail, it’s a 16.3 mile loop through the forest consisting of dirt fire roads, single track trail and double track trail. It is a flat trail that is unforgiving. Past participants found it difficult due to the fact that there are zero hills, little elevation change and when they were on the course, they didn't know when to walk.
Under no circumstance will refunds be issued, registrations be transferred to another person or transferred to a later date.
Information concerning Civil Rights and affiliation with the Francis Marion National Forest:
"In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)The Hell Hole Hundred is operated under special use permit with the Francis Marion National Forest.
The only reason I will cancel this event is if the forest is on fire, there is a hurricane and zombies are out on the trail. If for any reason the event has to be shut down due to extreme weather, natural disaster or zombies on the course (other than the runners…), you will be pulled from the course or held at an aid station until you can be removed from the course. Please, no arguing if this should happen. It is for your own safety. For the record, in past years, the runners have spotted or heard alligators, feral pigs, coyotes, rather large spiders, owls, bald eagles, plenty of snakes and big ass mosquitoes and a couple of horseflies.
Thursday evening I will have packet pickup for Devil's Doorknob runners, FRIDAY evening I will have packet pickup for El Diablo runners, 16.3 NIGHT runners from 5-5:30PM.
Local time: 7:08 AM
Morning of the event at the START/FINISH AREA (Jericho Horse Trail/Start/Finish area) from 6-6:30AM.