No Business 100
ElevationAscent: 9,410' 2,868 m
Descent: -9,410' -2,868 m
High: 1,771' 540 m
Low: 854' 260 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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“An incredibly scenic and technical run traversing most of the Big South Fork in KY and TN.”— Brian Gajus
Featured Race - Oct 12, 2019
Along the way, participants will pass through towering sandstone arches & rock houses, gaze upon spectacular overlooks & waterfalls, and visit abandoned settlements and homesteads. This epic journey is an adventure through some of the most scenic and wild areas in the region.
At 11,200 ft of climbing and descending, the No Business Hundred may appear at first glance to be a walk in the park. Make no mistake, the technical terrain and remote setting present a challenge that make it a unique hundred mile course.
Leaving the Pickett State Park Recreation Lodge, runners do a scenic loop through Pickett on the Hazard Cave Trail and Natural Bridge Trail. From here, runners head east on gravel for just over 3 miles as they reenter Big South Fork at the Middle Creek Trailhead. From here, runners will pass some of the most scenic section of the course as they run/scramble by massive rock houses and eventually pass through the "Twin Arches". The next aid station stop will be at Charit Creek Lodge, the rustic backcountry lodge. Runners will have a climb out of Charit and head southeast on some multi-use trails working their way to the next major crewing aid station at Bandy Creek (mile 60ish).
Leaving Bandy Creek, runners will head north on gravel road for 1 mile and return to the trail at the John Litton Farm Loop. Runners will pass the old Litton Farm and continue to the Fall Branch Trail to the aid station at the start of the Grand Gap Loop Trail. Runners will take the 6.5 Grand Gap Loop Trail come back around to the aid station and then continue north on the John Muir Trail for 8 miles until reaching a spur trail that will take them over to the aid station at the end of Duncan Hollow Road. From here, runners drop down back towards the Big South Fork River to Station Camp and crisscross back and forth with the horse path for several miles before turning northwest and a ridge passing to reach No Business Creek (mile 86ish).
From No Business, the course heads north putting runners on the Kentucky Trail. Runners will have one of their biggest climbs of the entire course just coming out of No Business. After reaching the Laurel Hill Aid Station, the course continues north on the Kentucky Trail for one of the most remote stretches of the course as it crosses Difficulty Creek and Troublesome Creek and runners make their way up to Ledbetter. The final 6.5 miles of the course continue on the Kentucky Trail until runners reach the old rail bridge and cross the Big South Fork River again for a memorable finish at Blue Heron.
Land Manager: NPS - Big South Fork Nat. River and Rec. Area Office