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June 2-3, 2018


Tier 1 - SOLD OUT

Tier 2 - $220

Tier 3 - $250 (begins 3/1/18)

Tier 4 - $275 (begins 4/10/18)

Please review our Refund & Transfer Policies prior to registering.


Race Info


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.

100 Mile Trail Race

Start Time:  6:00am on Saturday, June 2, 2018

Cut Off:  2:00pm on Sunday, June 3, 2018 (32 hours)

Pre Race expo

Our pre race expo will take place at The Woodland Center at Natural Bridge State Park and Lodge on Friday night before the race.  This is a great opportunity to get your race packet, take pictures, meet other runners, and see some other great vendors from around the area.

The expo will include a pre race meal.  Meal tickets are $10 per person for the buffet.  Pre race announcements will take place at 5:30pm.  It is CRITICAL that you attend this meeting as we will be going over very important information about the course, cut offs, and other race details.

Friday, June 1st


Woodland Center

Natural Bridge State Park and Lodge

Click here for directions to the Woodland Center.

Parking is available at the Woodland Center as well as at the main State Park parking lot near Hemlock Lodge.

Race Day Packet Pickup and Check In

Saturday, June 2nd


Gladie Visitor Center at 3451 Sky Bridge Rd. Hwy 715 in Stanton, KY. (Get exact directions HERE!)

Parking is available at the Gladie Center.  Follow the instructions of the parking attendants and do not block roadways.


Shuttles and Transportation

NEW: Shuttles are now available!

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 at 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. 


entrance criteria

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:

  1. A fixed distance of at least 50 miles.  Runners must complete the race before that race's established cut-off time.
  2. 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 12 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.

mandatory gear

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:

  1. 1st Place - War Hammer
  2. 2nd Place - Short Sword
  3. 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:

  1. Big Bend Road - Mile 20
  2. Lago Linda - Mile 31
  3. Hale Ridge Road - Mile 43
  4. Turkey Foot Campground - Mile 58
  5. S-Tree Road - Mile 75
  6. White Oak Branch - Mile 85
  7. 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:

Pacers may join their runner at mile 43 at the Hale Ridge Road Aid Station.  Pacers may also enter or leave the race at and of the crew aid station points listed above after Hale Ridge Road.

NOTE:  Please reference the following Event Guide for full event details.  This document will be updated as new information is made available.  

Course Info

The War Hammer 100 is a straight up point-to-point race.  All runners start at the Gladie Visitor Center in Red River Gorge and run south along the Sheltowee Trace to Wildcat Mountain south of Livingston, Kentucky.  The course takes you through the heart of Appalachian foothills and gives you a glimpse of everything eastern Kentucky has thrown at its people throughout the generations.  The good and the bad.  The beautiful and the brutal.

The 102 mile course has approximately 10,000 feet of elevation gain and approximately 8,700 feet of descent*.  Click the buttons below for maps, downloadable GPS files, elevation profiles (coming soon), and more.

*All distances and elevations are based on GPS data and are approximate.

Aid Stations

There are 17 aid stations along the course at. Drop bags and crew are available at 6 aid stations along the way:

  1. Big Bend: Mile 19.5
  2. Lago Linda: Mile 31
  3. Hale Ridge Rd.: Mile 43
  4. Turkey Foot: Mile 58
  5. S Tree: Mile 75
  6. White Oak Branch: Mile 85

For full aid station details please reference the chart below.



Basically, the race is located in....KENTUCKY!  The race runs from Red River Gorge to Wildcat Mountain just south of Livingston, KY one of Kentucky's official Trail Towns!  See below for directions to the start and finish locations



Gladie Visitor Center

3451 Sky Bridge Road Hwy 715

Stanton, KY 40380



FINISH LINE:  Wildcat Adventures Off Road Park in East Bernstadt, Kentucky

Wildcat Adventures Offroad Park

7800 US-25

East Bernstadt, KY 40729


Race Rules

Rules, rules, rules.  We need em, so listen up!

  1. Respect the land!  This race is run on both private land and public land across the Daniel Boone National Forest.  We proudly support the US Forest Service and the private landowners who allow the trails to flourish.  As such any misuse of this great land will not be tolerated.  Next Opportunity strives for sustainability in all of our races, and we hold our runners to the same standard.  DO NOT litter, pick wildflowers, or otherwise deface the property in any way.  Failure to follow this rule will get you disqualified from the race and asked to leave the premises.  
  2. Stay on course and on trail.  Going off trail creates a negative ecological impact.  So if there is an obstacle in your path go through it, over it, or under it.  If there is mud, get muddy.  If there is water, get wet.  If there is a tree down, find a way over it.  This isn’t just about the environment.  It’s about challenging yourself.  
  3. Be respectful and courteous of each other, race volunteers, and other trail users.  Mistreatment of race volunteers, other racers, or other trail users will not be tolerated and will result in disqualification.
  4. Take nothing.  Leave nothing.  Leave no trace of your presence by taking any trash out with you.  Do not pick or otherwise deface any plant life.  This trail is extremely well-maintained, and we want to keep it that way. 
  5. Leave no injured runner behind.  Help your fellow competitors.  If you come upon an injured runner, help them if you can or run to the nearest race official.  Tell the race official the injured runner’s location, bib number, and nature of the injury.
  6. Only registered runners and official pacers will be allowed on the course.  No unofficial runners or "bandits" will be allowed.
  7. Stay on course.  Any runner who leaves the course must return to the point of departure on foot before continuing.
  8. All runners must check in and out of every aid station.  This is to ensure that everyone is accounted for and that everyone runs the full distance of each race.  If you do not check in/out at of any aid station you will be subject to disqualification.  There will be a volunteer at each aid station responsible for checking each runner in and out.  It is the runner's responsibility to make sure he or she gets checked in and out of every aid station.  When you arrive at an aid station, announce your bib number and make sure that you get checked in.  The same goes for when you leave the aid station.  Any runner who does not check in/out of every aid station will be disqualified and will NOT receive a finisher award.
  9. No smoking.  Smoking by runners, their pacers, or crew is not permitted on the race course or at official aid stations.
  10. No pets are allowed at the race.  This includes dogs on or off leash.  Per regulations related to our USATF event sanction and Next Opportunity insurance policies pets are prohibited on the race course and at the race sites for the duration of that event.  
  11. All cut-off times will be strictly enforced.  No exceptions.  Any runner not OUT of an aid station before the exact cut-off time will be pulled from the race.  Any runner not across the finish line before the overall cut-off time will be disqualified from the race.
  12. Runners may NOT receive any aid from anyone else between aid stations.  This includes crews at any location not designated as an official crew point.  Muling by pacers is strictly prohibited.
  13. Crews are limited to one vehicle per runner at every aid station.  The exception to this rule is at the start and finish line.
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We will need over 100 volunteers to pull off the War Hammer 100!  If you, your family, club, or organization are interested in volunteering please click the button below to fill out the quick sign-up form.

All Volunteers receive FREE Next Opportunity swag and a MINIMUM 25% off registration fees for any future Next Opportunity Events race (must volunteer for a minimum of 2 hours).  Work longer hours and receive even BIGGER DISCOUNTS.  Click the button below to see the volunteer opportunities and express your interest in volunteering.




Red River Gorge 

Our start line is located in the Red River Gorge.  There are an incredible number of cabins, hostels, motels, and campgrounds in the area.  For a quick reference, please check out the Red River Gorge Guide below.  We are currently working on some lodging deals for War Hammer 100 runners.  Please check back soon or get on our MAILING LIST to get notified when new lodging options are posted here.

Wildcat Mountain - Livingston 

As with the start line area, we are currently working on lodging agreements for WH100 runners to get the best deal and the most savings.  Please stay tuned.  There are number of lodging options in the nearby towns of London, Mount Vernon, and Berea including hotels of all sorts, RV sites, campgrounds, cabins, and more.  There are even cabins to rent and a campground AT THE FINISH LINE at Wildcat Adventures Off Road Park.

Stay Tuned!  More to come!