Pine Mountain Scenic Trail
Pine Mountain Ridge
Breaks Interstate Park
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
Russell Fork River
The Cloudsplitter 100 takes place on a little known mountain deep in the heart of Central Appalachian coal country, where the Pine Mountain Scenic Trail follows a geological fault line along the Kentucky-Virginia border high above the raging Russell Fork River. This remote course winds along rough and rocky pioneer roads, traverses dense rhododendron thickets, crosses vast rock outcroppings, meanders along beautiful single track trails dotted with enormous sandstone boulders, rock shelters and pioneer homesteads, and offers spectacular views of Kentucky and Virginia from steep and rugged cliff lines. Only one road crosses the mountain along the entire length of the race course. This is one of the most difficult organized running events in the United States, and entry in this race should not be taken lightly. Due to the remoteness and inaccessibility of portions of the trail, the Cloudsplitter 100 differs substantially from other organized runs, and therefore adequate mental and physical preparation are of utmost importance to each runner, no matter which distance they choose to enter.
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