The lottery for the 2012 Hardrock 100 was on Sunday, and I’m thrilled to report that I got in again.
Some say the lottery process is the hardest part of the race. While that’s definitely an exaggeration, if you’re not given a chance to run because you can’t get a number, well then it’s sort of true. This year, there were 658 people vying for 140 slots, so some 79% of applicants didn’t get in. That’s pretty tough odds.
I can’t help but feel kind of lucky, not just for Sunday’s good draw, but for my luck and timing over the past few years.
When the race was first held in 1992, and for the first ten years that followed, it never even filled up. When I arrived to the scene in 2007, there was a waitlist, but if you qualified and applied for entry, your chances of running were pretty reasonable. In the years since then, its popularity surged, but with a bit of lottery luck, I managed to get in and finish every year, with the exception of 2008 when I was waitlisted. (My 2008 number was actually called on race day, and had I been there and ready, I could have run, so I’ve actually made it in every year.)
Now I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but what’s exciting for me right now is that a finish this year would be my fifth, and five finishes earns automatic entry to the race in the future. I would get to bypass the lottery process altogether.
It’s dawned on me recently that with the high number of applicants, it might take someone new to the scene several years to get in the race just once, let alone five times. And with no sign of any potential increase in the 140 runner limit, the odds will unfortunately only get worse. As the race’s popularity surges, it stands to reason that the five-time finisher might be more of a rarity as time goes on.
I feel like I could be sneaking into the five-time club as the door is closing. Now of course I still need to finish, and also hope that the race committee doesn’t decide to change the rules
Sorry to all of those who haven’t had good luck with the entry process. A few friends in particular come to mind– Allen Hadley, who also has four finishes, has missed the past two years on the waitlist (he’s currently #99). I was sure we’d get to go for our 5th finishes together. Dylan Bowman, a friend from Aspen and a rising star of the 100 mile scene has been chomping at the Hardrock bit but has twice failed to even make the waitlist, as is also the case with two other eager, potential first-timers, Neal Beidleman and Pat O’Neil. All I can say is keep at it and hopefully your luck will change.
All those guys should pace you! If not, I’m available;) Congrats, Ted… how exciting!!!!
Awesome, Ted…I’m in again, too. As for the wait lists years ago, I was actually the last person on the wait list in 2001, #38…and got in and finished.
See you in July!
Looking forward to it, Steve. It’s nice to hear the good luck stories out there because most of the blogs these days unfortunately tend to just complain.
See you in July.
It is a shame Neal didn’t get in,very strong in the mountains,and he would have been right at home with the Bridal Veil Basin addition to the course,from the old Telluride Get High run that went thru there.He used to cruise that run.
I’ve heard tales from the old “Get High” days from Neal for some time now. And how he almost ran Hardrock back in its early years. He’s kicking himself for not getting it done back then.
Hopefully he’ll keep chipping away at the lottery, but in the meantime, he makes a really good pacer.
Neal, you reading this?
Hey Randy, congrats on all your HR finishes. Super impressive. Glad to see you still out there putting in the effort and enjoying the game.
As for you, Ted, I’ll be happy to pace you — again. But remember, paybacks are coming. If I ever do crack that damn lottery and get to participate in the HR, I’ll be calling on you for some pacing help. I may be in a wheel chair when it finally happens, but with some fat tires and a good push from you, I bet we can make the cutoff times. Doesn’t that sound like fun??
Ted. Could you come to Charlotte and buy my lottery tickets for me? I ALWAYS lose.
Thnx Neal,looking fwd to 2012 Hardrock,that over 50(years old),under 30(hours)mark is still waiting to be broken!Few Get High stories Ted,I caught Neal going up to Orphir Pass before dropping down to go up Oscars pass,and thinking that Neal seemed too soft-spoken and nice of a guy to be that tough,so i’ll drop him on Oscars,i had a 4″08″PPM at that time,but Neal,hands clasped behind his back,just power-walked away from me,urging me to keep up with him.Bet Kyle or Karl couldn’t have gone any faster up Oscars!Next year i had the pleasure of running most of Get High with his lovely fiancee,she was very concerned about getting off-course,so we stayed together till about a mile to go,than it dawned on me that my than,very jealous wife was at finish.One glance over at Amy,and i knew i would be in big trouble if we finished together,so i took off,thinking yep,i’ll bet she thinks i’m a big-ego driven male pig for not wanting to finish with a “girl”,sorry Amy^^.See you all at HRH.
Neal’s secret weapon has always been that “soft-spoken nice guy” thing. Fool me once….