NO BUSINESS 100

October 12th, 2019 5:00 AM EST Blue Heron Mining Community

Come run the No Business 100 this fall. This beautiful autumn race treats runners to miles of technical singletrack trails and scenic landmarks.

The No Business Hundred is a trail endurance race that begins and ends at the abandoned coal mining town, Blue Heron, just east of Stearns, KY. The course is a single 101.9 mile loop that traverses through the heart of the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area across the state line into Tennessee and back on some of the oldest trails in the southeast. We reverse the direction of the course each year with odd years being run clockwise and even years run counter clockwise from Blue Heron.

Along the way participants will pass through towering sandstone arches & rockhouses, gaze upon spectacular overlooks & waterfalls, and visit abandoned farms and homesteads including the No Business settlement. This epic journey is an adventure through some of the most scenic and wild areas in the region.

With just over 14,000 feet of elevation gain, the No Business Hundred may appear at first glance to be a walk in the park but make no mistake, the technical terrain and remote setting present a challenge that make it a unique hundred mile course.

Explore sites along the No Business Hundred course

Course Map

Aid Stations

Counter Clockwise Direction (Even years): Not counting the start/finish area, there are a total of 20 aid stations locations. There are a total of 8 crew access stations and 6 drop bag stations. There are four water only station. Total course distance is 104.9 with a 35 hour cutoff.

Clockwise Direction (Odd years): Not counting the start/finish area, there are a total of 19 aid stations locations. There are a total of 8 crew access stations and 6 drop bag stations. There are four water only station. Total course distance is 101.9 with a 33 hour cutoff.

Aid stations will be fully stocked and at a minimum provide water, electrolyte drink, gels, snacks, first aid, and enthusiastic volunteers!

Times in Eastern Standard Time
Cut-off times reflect the deadlines for LEAVING the aid station.

*2019 UPDATE:  Crews wishing to go to the Duncan Hollow Aid Station will need to ride the shuttle out and hike-in 1 mile.
The Duncan Hollow Aid Station will allow for crew however because of very limited parking available on this road and the need to keep this road open to emergency vehicles, we will be running two (maybe three) 14 person passenger vans from the Bandy Creek Pool out to the drop off point 1 mile from the Duncan Hollow Aid Station. 

Facility Key: (R)adio, (F)ood, (W)ater, (B)athrooms
*Drop bags for start/finish can be left in your personal vehicle at the Blue Heron race morning. We are not responsible for drop bags lost or stolen.

2019 – Aid Station List

Aid Station Mileage Next Facility Crew Access Drop Bags Cut-off Times
Blue Heron – Start 0.0 7.2 RFWB Yes No* Saturday – 5:00 AM
Ledbetter 7.2 8.5 RFW No No Saturday – 7:20 AM
Laurel Hill 15.7 2.6 RFW No No None
No Business (water) 18.3 6.9 W No No None
Duncan Hollow 25.2 7.7 RFWB Yes *
(Shuttle w/ 1 mile hike-in)
Yes Saturday 1:15 PM
John Muir 32.9 6.6 RFW No No None
Grand Gap 39.5 5.1 RFW No No None
Bandy Creek 44.6 4.5 RFWB Yes Yes Saturday 7:35 PM
Charit Creek 49.1 7.3 RFWB No No Saturday 9:10 PM
Sawmill 56.4 3.3 RFWB Yes Yes Saturday 11:32 PM
Middle Creek (water) 59.7 4.8 W Yes No None
Pickett State Park 64.5 4.1 RFWB Yes Yes Sunday – 2:12 Am
Powerline 68.6 3.9 RFW No No Sunday – 3:30 AM
Blevins Cemetery 72.5 5.9 W No No Sunday 4:50 AM
Great Meadow 78.4 4.3 RFWB Yes Yes Sunday – 6:45 AM
Peters Mountain 82.7 5.5 RFWB Yes Yes Sunday – 8:10 AM
Spring Branch 88.2 5.8 RFW No No None
Bald Knob 94 6.5 RFW Yes Yes Sunday – 11:50 AM
Blue Heron – Finish 100.5 0 RFWB Yes No* Sunday – 2:00 PM