No Business 100 October 16-17 2020

Thanks to all who volunteered to help out in 2020!

 

The following are post race documents including the progression map and call logs that were tracked during the race. The NB100 2020 Survey provides a simple lessons learned that may benefit the participants for next years event.


Join us Friday, October 16th through Saturday, October 17th, 2020 for year 4 of the No Business Hundred. A single 100 mile loop course hosted out of Pickett CCC Memorial State Park in Jamestown, Tennessee. The BSFARC will be providing communications again this year as part of of public service offering.

The No Business Hundred is a 102.3 mile loop course with over 15,000 feet of ascent that traverses through the heart of the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. The course begins in Tennessee crosses the state line into Kentucky and loops back around on some of the most scenic & picturesque trails in the southeast. Each year they reverse the direction of the course. The total race cutoff time is 33 hours but we only provide communications for select areas and limited hours. Aid stations are identified below as to our need and who has volunteered already.

The race will have a time-trial type set up or “hot start” which will allow runners to start individually or in small groups of associated participants (family members or participants that live together) at any time between 10:00AM – 12:00PM Central Time. This is a staggered start which will help disburse the runners even more.

They will hold an online live-streamed briefing  one week prior to the race on Friday, October 9th, 2020 @ 7:30 PM EST which will be on Facebook. A question and answer session will follow the briefing. The briefing and Q&A will be recorded and made available to view online for those who can not attend. All runners, pacers, crew welcome to participate. 

 

Download the current race map with assignments below 

Aid Stations

  • Hand sanitizer stations will be set up and positioned as runners enter the aid-station, and their use is MANDATORY.
  • Volunteers and Runners and Pacers are required to wear face covering (masks) when entering an aid station.
  • Crews and Spectators WILL NOT BE PERMITTED into the aid station areas and must practice social distancing (masks recommended if they can not meet social distancing requirements).
  • They are waiving the 400 yard radius rule for receiving aid at Crew Permitted Aid Stations. Runners will be permitted to leave these aid stations and meet with their crews where they are set up.
  • Signage will be posted to remind crews and spectators that they are not permitted to enter aid stations.

Our Role

Due to the distance and terrain certain areas either do not have cell service or will the Fentress Emergency Management Repeater work reliably. We would be on standby most of the time and only really need to report the first/last runner and anybody that drops out. Other traffic may include requests for supplies or general welfare traffic. Keeping track of runners may be helpful but it is NOT required as that is the job of other aid station workers. There should also be WiFi at the Picket group camp, Bandy Creek and Blue Heron.

Part of the issue is that since they do not have a ham radio operator this year at Peters Mountain unless Pickett is staffed there is no way to communicate with the race director or other aid stations via the Fentress EMA radio system. Last year the EMA radios did not work reliably at Blue Heron as they are below the horizon by the river. It is our hope that we can get a signal out of there. We will be testing various configurations to confirm what works best.

All times are in Central Time as that is where the race originates and ends. Ideally you would staff the aid station for the entire period but we need all the help we can get! Our aid station is to be staffed until at least the cutoff time or all runners are accounted for. Cut off times are indicated below as an ending time.

Group Camp is the start and finish 12:45pm CST to about 10:00am Saturday
Need Morning-Afternoon Operators
W7BSF Buddy
This is the start and finish lines. Arriving after 12:00pm is preferred as the runners will start between 10:00am and 12:00 pm. Setup will be near the basketball court. They should have a tent available for us. A table is highly suggested along with a chair. Electric is available but it is bring your own cord. Please check in with the NB100 aid station leader who is Brian Gajus upon arriving.

Aid Station # 1 - Pickett State Park 8.4 miles
Staffed by others as within range of their EMA handheld radios 

Aid Station # 2 - Sawmill 13.8 miles
Staffed by others as within range of their EMA handheld radios

Aid Station # 3 - Charit Creek 21.1 miles
12:45pm to 6:45pm (cutoff) CST
KI4LCH Greg Wagner
KE4SJD Joe Cross (He us also the lead for the Aid Station)

This requires a team that can hike in carrying everything as there is no power here. It is a 1-mile moderate hike and hand held radios with external antennas have been used in the past. Restrooms are available. This aid statin is limited to workers only and no racer crews are permitted. Please check in with the NB100 aid station leader who is Joe Cross upon arriving.

Aid Station #4 - Bandy Creek 25.6 miles
1:30pm to 8:15pm CST
W4OME Virgil
KK4ZNC Tom
The aid station is located in a small picnic shelter adjacent the pool area (near loop A of campground) with restrooms within walking distance. A vehicle can be parked nearby as well. There is electricity there and picnic tables but your own chair will make it even better! Please note that the racer's crew may be present at this aid-station. Please check in with the NB100 aid station leader who is Tim Hill upon arriving. Tim is also overseeing Charrit, Grand Gap and Duncan Hollow aid stations as well.

Aid Station #5 - Grand Gap 30.2 miles
2:15pm to 9:40pm CST
K5QF Austin
RADIO OPERATOR NEEDED
A vehicle may be parked adjacent to the aid station and a mobile radio utilized. There may be minimal walking to provide information to the aid station workers that may be at the trail head. This aid station is limited to workers only and no racer crews are permitted. It is tight at the end of the road and they will be limiting aid station vehicles (we are ok for one). There are no restrooms here. Please check in with the NB100 aid station leader who is Ryan O'Connor upon arriving.

Aid Station # 6 - Duncan Hollow 37.5 miles
KD2LSA Dinah Wagner
WB3AJS Lee Wagner

3:30pm to 12am ) CST
This aid station is at the end of Duncan Hollow (accessible by car). There are no restrooms or electric located there. It is tight at the end of the road and they will be limiting aid station vehicles (we are ok for one). This aid station is limited to workers only and no racer crews are permitted at this aid station. Please check in with the NB100 aid station leader who is Mary Cates upon arriving.

Aid Station # 7 - Laurel Hill 47.1 miles
Staffed by others as within range of their EMA handheld radios

Aid Station # 8 - Ledbetter 55.6 miles
Staffed by others as within range of their EMA handheld radios

Aid Station # 9 - Blue Heron 62.8
8:00pm Friday to 10:00am Saturday CST
KI4LCH Greg Wagner
Additional RADIO OPERATOR(s) NEEDED

The aid station is located behind the concession stand (on side with restrooms) near the lower parking lot. They will either provide a tent or space will be available under the concession pavilion. A table is highly suggested along with a chair. Electric is available but it is bring your own cord. This location may require a vertical antenna to reach the repeater. Connection to the 145.350 repeater has been verified using a 1/2 wave mag mount and 45 watt radio. Please note that the racer's crew may be present at this aid-station. The course Doctor (Dr. Derrick Strunk) will be at Blue Heron most of the time. Please check in with the NB100 aid station leader who is Tommy Safranek upon arriving.

Aid Station #10 - Blue Heron Loop 69.2 miles
They run a loop around Blue Heron which adds about two hours to the coverage needed for Aid Station # 9. So Aid Station # 9 and # 10 are basically the same.

Aid Station # 11 - Bald Knob 76.6 miles
Staffed by others as within range of their EMA handheld radios

Aid Station # 12 - Spring Branch 82.4 miles
Staffed by others as within range of their EMA handheld radios

Aid Station # 13 - Peters Mountain 87.9 miles
this will be a repeater site for the EMA radios

Aid Station # 14 = Great Meadows 92.2 miles
Staffed by others as within range of their EMA handheld radios

Aid Station # 15 - Blevins Cemetery 98.1 miles
Staffed by others as within range of their EMA handheld radios

Finish Line - Group Camp 102.3 miles
  1. Do not participate in a multi-operator aid station if you are ill or have been in the last 48 hours.
  2. Do not participate in a multi-operator aid station if you have been in close contact with a COVID-19 victim.
  3. Do not participate in a multi-operator aid station if you have a new loss of taste or smell.
  4. Wear a mask if possible.
  5. Stay six feet from other operators.
  6. Wipe down shared equipment with sanitizing wipes when changing operators.

The No Business team has also provided a volunteer guide some of which does not apply to our radio operators but is a good reference still:

Emergency Contacts:

McCreary County EMS
State Highway 1651
Whitley City KY 42653
606-376-5063

Big South Fork Medical Center
18797 Alberta Street
Oneida TN 37841
423-568-8521

McCreary County Sheriff
35 Court Street
Whitley City KY 42653
606-376-2322

Fentress County EMA
James Bilbrey 931-879-5075
Joe McGrogan 931-397-6269
Richard Cross 931-445-6911