Course

 

Course Description

The Hellbender Hundred begins at the picturesque Camp Grier in Old Fort, NC. From there, the route will take you over some of the highest mountains on the east coast, including to the summit of Mt. Mitchell, and deep into the valleys below. The start and finish of the course is at 1,500 ft and the high point of the course is 6,684 ft in the beautiful Black Mountains! The climbs are huge with five ascents and descents of 3,000 ft or more.  All together the course has 21,074+ ft of elevation gain and 24,409+ ft of descent. The terrain is classic east coast, which is a mix of soft dirt and extremely technical rocks and roots. The course consist of 66 miles of trail, 32 miles of gravel, and 5 miles of pavement. Most of the gravel is on the back end of the course where you'll be running through the dark. A classic mountain course in the heart of Appalachia!

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Maps and Profiles

 

Aid Stations

The Hellbender Hundred has a total number of 11 aid stations along the route and 4 self serve water stations.

Aid 1 - Graphite Rd. - 5.0

Self Serve 1 - Blue Ridge Parkway (Toll Rd) - 12.7 - Fluids Only

Aid 2 - South Toe River Rd - 16.0

Aid 3 - Curtis Creek Campground - 23.5 - No Crew, Drop Bag Only

Self Serve 2 - Blue Ridge Parkway (Green Knob) - 27.6 - Fluids Only

Aid 4 - Neals Creek Heliport - 32.8 #+

Aid 5 - Mt. Mitchell Picnic Area - 39.9 #+

Aid 6 - Colbert's Creek Road - 48.0 #+

Aid 7 - Buncombe Horse Trail Junction & Mt. Mitchell - 57.0

Aid 8 - Buncombe Horse Trail at South Toe River Road - 65.2 

Aid 9 - Neals Creek Heliport - 71.5 #+

Self Serve 3 - Blue Ridge Parkway at Curtis Creek Road - 73.9 - Fluids Only

Aid 10 - Curtis Creek Campground - 80.1 #+

Aid 11 - South Toe River Rd - 88.0

Self Serve 4 - Blue Ridge Parkway (Toll Rd) - 91.3 - Fluids Only

Finish - 98.1

# - crew access, drop bag (crew access allowed at Start and Finish)

+ - pacer

 

Cutoffs

All runners must leave each aid station below before the posted cutoff time to continue in the race. If you reach or leave the aid stations below after the posted cutoff times, you will be pulled from the course and you will receive a DNF.  The course has a 40 hour time limit.

*Aid Station - Cutoff hours from 1:30am Start - Cutoff Time of Day

  1.  Aid 1 - 5.0 miles (2:00) - 6:30 am

  2.  Aid 2 - 16.0 miles (6:00) - 10:30 am

  3.  Aid 3 - 23.5 miles (8:30) - 1:00 pm

  4.  Aid 4 - 32.8 miles (12:00) - 4:30 pm

  5.  Aid 5 - 39.9 miles (14:30) - 7:00 pm

  6.  Aid 6 - 48.0 miles (18:00) - 10:30 pm 

  7.  Aid 8 - 65.2 miles (25:15) - 5:45 am

  8.  Aid 9 - 71.5 miles (28:00) - 8:30 am

  9.  Aid 10 - 80.1 miles (33:00) - 1:30 pm

  10.  Finish - 98.1 miles (40:00) - 8:30 pm

 
This event is held in accordance under permit from the USFS