The eighth annual Cloudsplitter 100 will take place on High Knob, deep in the heart of Central Appalachia, during the weekend of October 16-17, 2021. High Knob is located along the highest point in the Cumberland Mountains in Southwest Virginia at an elevation of 4,223 feet above sea level. The 100 mile course, as well as the accompanying 100k, 50k and 25k distances, wind along spectacularly beautiful, rugged and rocky trails within the City of Norton and Jefferson National Forest trail systems. The 100 mile and 100k distances feature the iconic Devil's Fork Loop, a circular trail which follows an old roadbed once used to mine coal and to remove trees for lumber. An old, rusting coal car along the trail is testimony to the area’s unique and unusual history. Although parts of this region have been developed, strip mined or heavily logged, High Knob remains relatively untouched, and it is home to some of the greatest diversity of plant life in the Commonwealth of Virginia, making it a true ecological treasure. The unique trails on High Knob pass through dense forestland dotted with cliffs, water crossings, waterfalls, rock shelters, rhododendron thickets, caves and enormous sandstone boulders. This is one of the more physically demanding trails in the East, and it remains a significant unprotected wilderness area. On a clear day, four other states can be seen from the High Knob summit: West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina. The 100 mile and 100k distances are again qualifying races for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, offering finishers six (6) and four (4) points, respectively. Start times will be staggered this year, with 100 mile participants beginning at 8:00 a.m., followed by 100k runners at 8:30 a.m., 50k runners at 9:00 a.m. and 25k runners at 9:30 a.m. All distances have a cut off time of midnight on Sunday.
Local time: 6:21 PM