Friday, Apr 12, 2019

Hellbender 100

985 Camp Grier Rd

Old Fort, NC 100 Miler, Pacer

This Event Took Place Fri. Apr 12, 2019

Hellbender 100

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 ~26,000+ 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!

UTMB Qualifying Event

The Hellbender 100 will once again apply for being a 2020 UTMB qualifying race!

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.

Pre-Qualification Requirements

• 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
• 8 Hours Volunteer at another race or trail maintenance - Must be submitted by March 15, 2020 - These hours can be submitted at


4:30AM Start
40 Hour Cutoff
Please visit our website for complete details

Refund/Transfer/Deferral Policy

100% refunds will be issued until Feb. 15, 2020. Please kindly email us requesting a refund. Refunds will be mailed out as quickly as possible.
After Feb. 15, and before Mar. 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 Mar. 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.

Wait List

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 rooster 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 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.

Suggested Gear

Safety blinking light, Headlamp after Aid Station 4
Weather resistant jacket
Emergency Blanket
Hydration Carrier with at least 40oz carrying capacity


A complete list of Rules for Runners, Crews, Pacers, & Spectators can be found at our website


Once a runner has been accepted to the race, the pacer must also sign up on
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.

Trail Workdays

Please visit our website or Facebook event page for information on trail workdays.

Local time: 2:48 PM


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