Friday, May 12, 2023 @ 4:30 AM

Hellbender 100

985 Camp Grier Rd

Old Fort, NC 100-Miler, Pacer

This Event Took Place Fri. May 12, 2023

Hellbender Is Back For 2024!!

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 ~48,000+ 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!

Hellbender 100 is presented by Run828, a non-profit located in Western North Carolina. The RUN828 Foundation is committed to giving back to our WNC community. A percentage of Hellbender 100 proceeds will go to nonprofits who align with our mission of promoting healthy, active outdoor activities for all. For more information, visit:

Male, Female, and Transgender/Non-binary Registration Policy

The Hellbender 100 is open to male, female, and non-binary runners.

Transgender and non-binary runners are encouraged to participate! We will accept every transgender and non-binary runner’s self-declared gender category at registration and no one may challenge a runner’s self-declaration.

We will have 200 spots open.

Leftover Spots & Waitlist Policy

If registration fills, you will be added to the waitlist. You will not be charged for entering the waitlist. You will be charged the entry fee only if you accept an invitation from the waitlist.

Refund Policy

Runners can receive a 50% refund until December 15, 2023. In the event of an unforeseen situation such as military deployment, pregnancy, death in the family, etc. we will offer a full 100% credit towards next year’s race. Please contact us directly to discuss this option.

Note: Running injuries, weddings, vacations, to name a few are not eligible for refunds or deferrals. Email with any questions.


Swag Bag with Shirt
Finishers Buckle
Sub-24 Hour Award
Pre Race Meal
Stocked Aid Stations & Finish Line Food (details to be published in Runners Guide)

Runners Guide

Volunteer Hours

8 Hours of volunteer work is needed to be completed between 5/14/2023 and 4/23/2024. This can be trail work, volunteering or race directing at a race.

Qualification for Running Hellbender

You must have completed a 100k with 10,000' of vertical gain or any 100 miler between May 1, 2022 and May 1, 2024, or Mount Mitchell Heartbreaker 50 miler. These need not be a formal race. You can have completed a route with the aforementioned requirements in a non-competitive event, FKT, or adventure run. Be prepared to submit proof if you are submitting the latter as your qualifier (a Strava link for example). Questions please contact


You will have 40 Hours to complete this race. Cutoffs will be enforced at multiple Aid Stations. Those cutoffs will be listed in the Runners Guide.

Required Gear

Due to the unpredictable mountain weather on this course we will require all RUNNERS and PACERS to carry the following gear at ALL times for their safety. This includes: headlamp/waistlamp (to be worn during all nighttime sections), back-up light and batteries, weather proof jacket (seam-sealed), emergency bivy (such as a S.O.L. emergency bivy, an emergency blanket does not count), insulating base layer with long sleeves, warm hat and gloves, emergency whistle, calories, and hydration carrier (40oz+). We will be very strict about these gear requirements. We will have mandatory gear checks before race start, and at multiple times during the race. We will reserve the right to pull runners and/or pacers from the course at any time if you are not carrying the required gear.


For information on lodging/camping at Camp Grier (race start), please visit You can reserve lodging onsite through your registration.

Event's current local time: 11:08 AM ET


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