Chief Blackfish of the Shawnee gave Daniel Boone the nickname "Sheltowee". The name meant "Big Turtle" presumably because of Boone's tendency to hike long distances wearing a backpack. Today the Daniel Boone National Forest cuts across central and eastern Kentucky like a green carpet, and the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail is the backbone of that forest stretching 323 miles from Tennessee to Morehead, Kentucky.
Next Opportunity is now giving you the chance to take a once in a lifetime journey along the Sheltowee Trace with the War Hammer 100 Mile Endurance Run. The War Hammer 100 starts at the Gladie Visitor Center in the beautifully lush Red River Gorge and travels south to Wildcat Mountain - site of the famous Civil War Battle and the gateway to the Cumberland Plateau in Laurel County.
100 miles across Kentucky. One way. One weekend. It will feel like battle against yourself, against your fellow runners, and against the environment. Only those with the will to persist will reach the finish line at Wildcat Mountain.
start time & time limits
Start Time: 6:00am on Saturday, June 2, 2018
Cut Off: 2:00pm on Sunday, June 3, 2018 (32 hours)
friday evening dinner, packet pickup, and meeting
There will be two opportunities to pick up your race packet on Friday evening. Packet pickup will be available at the start line in Red River Gorge and at the finish line area in East Bernstadt, Kentucky at Wildcat Adventures Off Road Park. The Red River Gorge packet pickup will also include a pasta dinner and pre-race meeting. Meal tickets for the Red River Gorge packet pickup will be $10 per person. Purchase your meal tickets below.
Wildcat Adventures (Packet Pickup Only)
Date: Friday, June 1, 2018
Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm (Pre-race meeting/announcements will begin at 5:30pm)
Location: Wildcat Off Road Park, 7800 US-25, East Bernstadt, KY 40729 - (click for directions)
Red River Gorge (Packet Pickup, Meeting, & Dinner)
Date: Friday, June 1, 2018
Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm (Pre-race meeting/announcements will begin at 5:30pm)
Location: Slade Welcome Center, 30 L&E Railroad Place, Slade KY 40376 - (click for directions)
PACKET PICKUP NOTE: Participants will NOT receive their race bib on Friday. All runners will receive their race bib on race morning at the start line to ensure everyone checks in on race morning.
Race Day Packet Pickup and Check In
Date: Saturday, June 2nd
Location: Gladie Visitor Center at 3451 Sky Bridge Rd. Hwy 715 in Stanton, KY (click for directions)
Parking is available at the Gladie Center. Follow the instructions of the parking attendants and do not block roadways.
ALL RUNNERS MUST CHECK IN ON SATURDAY MORNING REGARDLESS OF WHEN YOU PICKED UP YOUR PACKET.
Shuttles and Transportation
A shuttle will be available on Saturday morning to take you from the finish line at Wildcat Adventures Offroad Park to the start line at the Gladie Center in Red River Gorge. Shuttle is limited to 50 passengers.
Departure Location: Wildcat Adventures Offroad Park, East Bernstadt, KY
Departure Time: 3:00am SHARP! The shuttle will pull out at 3am on the dot. If you arrive at 3:01 the bus will be gone. It is a 2.5 hour trip from East Bernstadt to Red River Gorge. You will arrive at the start line by 5:30am.
Purchasing Your Shuttle Pass: Shuttle passes are $10 per passenger and can be purchased during registration via Ultrasignup. If you have already registered you can still purchase your shuttle pass by clicking the STORE button on the War Hammer page on Ultrasignup.
Other Requirements: All shuttle passes must be purchased via Ultrasignup. No shuttle passes will be sold on the day of the race. No one will be permitted onto the War Hammer shuttle without a pre-purchased pass. Bibs and race packets will be available for shuttle passengers at the start line shuttle departure area beginning at 2:30am on race morning. If you do not get your packet on Friday night in Red River Gorge please arrive early enough on Saturday morning to get your packet and bib before the shuttle departs. You may check ONE BAG with us at the start line, and we will transport it back to the finish line for you.
PLEASE NOTE: NO VEHICLES MAY BE LEFT AT THE GLADIE VISITOR CENTER AFTER THE START OF THE RACE!
All runners must be 18 years of age or older to participate. No exceptions.
All runners wishing to run the 2018 War Hammer 100 Miler must successfully complete an official trail race of at least 50 miles in distance within one calendar year prior to the race. Qualifying races must be either:
- A fixed distance of at least 50 miles. Runners must complete the race before that race's established cut-off time.
- A fixed time race of at least 8 hours (i.e. 8 hour race, 12 hour race, etc.). If using a timed race as the qualifier the runner must complete 50 full miles in under 16 hours.
Runner's must provide proof their finishes through official race results. After registering runners will be provided with a link to submit your qualifier results.
All runners must carry the following mandatory gear for the duration of the race. This is non-negotiable.
- Capacity to carry minimum 30oz of water (bottles or bladder)
A headlamp with extra batteries will be required after 7:00pm on Saturday, June 2nd.
Your mandatory hydration will be checked at the start line. Failure to have this at the start of the race or at any aid station will result in disqualification. This is a safety issue due to the extreme heat and exposure you will face during the race. This is non-negotiable. For questions regarding mandatory gear please EMAIL US.
Awards and SWAG
All participants receive a race shirt.
All finishers receive a customized War Hammer buckle.
Top three men and women receive a special hand carved award:
- 1st Place - War Hammer
- 2nd Place - Short Sword
- 3rd Place - Battle Axe
We stand by our belief that these are the BEST awards out there. Just check out some of our other races if you're not sure!
CREWs , pacers, AND drop bags
Crews and pacers will be allowed for all competitors. Crews and pacers may access their runner at the following locations:
- Big Bend Road - Mile 20
- Lago Linda - Mile 31
- Turkey Foot Campground - Mile 58
- S-Tree Road - Mile 75
- White Oak Branch - Mile 85
- Wildcat Offroad Park - FINISH LINE
All runners may also have a drop bag. Drop bags will be available at each of the crew locations listed above as well as the Hale Ridge Aid Station. That is a total of 6 drop bags. Please reference the Event Guide below for more details and guidelines concerning drop bags. Drop bags must be dropped at the start line on race morning.
Pacers may join their runner at mile 58 Turkey Foot Aid Station. Pacers may also enter or leave the race at any of the crew aid station points listed above after Turkey Foot.
NOTE: Please reference the following Event Guide for full event details. This document will be updated as new information is made available.