Hardrock 100 once again created buzz and excitement with its draw on Saturday December 6th.
Two runners had guaranteed entry for 2015 – 2014 victors, Kilian Jornet and Darcy Piceau.
The 2014 edition was arguably one of the most anticipated races on the calendar with a quality line up and ultimately a world-class performance and display by Kilian Jornet not only winning the race but also smashing the old course record.
Hardrock 100 alternates its course each year and therefore Kilian confirmed that he would back in 2015.
So, the 2015 lottery was important. Who would be drawn that could potentially give Kilian a run for his money?
I had 4-5 names in mind that I would love to see toe the line and I am pleased to say three have been drawn.
- Anton Krupicka
- Iker Karrera
- Mike Foote
The addition of Francois d’Haene would have made the race extremely exciting; unfortunately the luck of the draw did not go in the way of Francois.
Adam Campbell made the cut joining Troy Howard, Chris Price, Scott Jaime and a whole string of top-5 potential finishers. So, the 2015 Hardrock 100 may not be quite the field we had in 2014 but if Krupicka, Karrera, Foote and Campbell are all 100% then we are in for an exciting race.
The ladies race for years has played 2nd fiddle to the men’s race and it has had a very familiar format with Darcy Piceau coming from behind (usually 2nd place) to take overall victory. No disrespect to Darcy, she can only race who is in the race!
Anna Frost is drawn along with Meghan Hicks. I have to say, the ladies field potentially has a race on its hands and Frosty is going to relish this opportunity to race in the San Juan Mountains, it has been on the ‘bucket-list’ for some time and her recent victory at Bear 100 has set her up perfectly for the race. Meghan won MDS and recently battled demons at Tor des Geants for a finish proving she has all the mental strength needed for Hardrock podium place.
Darla Askew, Betsy Kahlmeyer, Suzanne Lewis and Leah Fein add depth to the ladies field.
Waitlisted runners with a chance of running:
- Joe Grant
- Karl Meltzer
- Jason Schlarb
- Diana Finkel
- Bethany Lewis
Hardrock is as much about who didn’t get in as those that did… the list is endless but some notables are:
- Nick Clark
- Francois d’Haene
- Nick Hollon
- Travis Macy
- Luke Nelson
- Timothy Olson
- Gary Robbins
- Carlos Sa
- Ian Sharman
- Rory Bosio
- Kerrie Bruxvoort
- Francesca Canepa
- Candice Burt
- Jenn Shelton
The course ©hardrock100
The HARDROCK 100 is a mountain run that passes through some of the most beautiful and rugged mountains in the world.
The course is closed. That means that runners are required to follow the specified route.
Four legs, linking the Lake City, Ouray, Telluride, and Silverton areas. The finish is in Silverton, the same location as the start. The course is 100 miles long, has a cumulative vertical gain of 33,992 feet of climb and 33,992 feet of descent for a total elevation change of 67,984 feet, and takes place at an average elevation of about 11,000 feet. The high point is 14,048 feet.
This is a test of runners against the mountains. The course is on trails as much as possible. There are 13 aid stations; major aid stations will be located in the towns with less well-equipped aid stations in between. Runners are expected to be largely self-supporting between the towns.
The course will be adequately but minimally marked so the emphasis is on staying alert and using the map and course instructions. However, you should be capable of staying on course without markers, using map, compass, and the course instructions.
The run is a salute to the toughness and perseverance of the Hardrock miners who lived and worked in the area.
How the lottery works: ©hardrock100
Each year, we are faced with the difficult problem of how to choose our starters from 1000 applicants, while still respecting the values that make Hardrock Hardrock. The Board feels that our ideal mix of runners would be about 30% first-time Hardrockers, one-quarter or so veterans (i.e. >= 5-time finishers), and up to 50% everyone else. To preserve this rough and fair mix, we have replaced our single weighted lottery with three weighted lottery pools, each with its own wait list:
- First-timers – 47 slots will be allocated to this lottery, which is for anyone who has never started a Hardrock. The intention is to increase the likelihood for applicants with many DNSs to get into the run. Modeling suggests that giving applicants 2^N tickets, where N is the number of previous DNSs, will ensure that those with the most DNSs will get in, while still giving first-time applicants a chance. “DNS” includes both those who were on the wait list and those who withdrew from either the wait list or start list. Additionally, service tickets (Aid Station Captain and/or 2 official Trail Work Days in the previous year’s event, or each 5 years’ of general volunteering for Hardrock) will each count as an additional DNS. This puts a high value on contributions made to Hardrock in your own personal time and labor. Examples: 1) a never-started applicant who applied and did not get in for 2014 has one DNS and would have 2^1=2 tickets. 2) a never-started applicant who applied and did not get in in 2013 and 2014 and was an aid station captain in 2014 has three DNSs and would have 2^3=8 tickets.
- Veterans – 35 slots will be allocated to this lottery, which is for anyone who has five or more Hardrock finishes, with the following qualification: an applicant who DNFs in two consecutive attempts beginning in 2012 will be placed into the “Everyone else” pool until they complete the run in a subsequent year. Applicants will get one ticket for each previous Hardrock finish. The number in this pool is about the same as the number of 5-time finishers bypassing the lottery in each of the past few years, and so comes close to preserving this feature.
- Everyone else – 70 slots will be allocated to this lottery, which is for anyone not in one of the previous two lotteries. The algorithm for ticket allocation will be unchanged from the current one (see below). Modeling suggests that the chances of being selected from this lottery will be better than under the current system.
Runners not selected in the first two lotteries WILL NOT be rolled over into the third lottery. If fewer than 35 “veterans” apply, the unused slots will be added to the “everyone else” pool.
A separate wait list will be maintained for each lottery. When a runner withdraws from the start list, a runner will be taken from the wait list for the lottery from which the withdrawn runner was chosen.
The previous year’s winners will continue to bypass the lottery, but they will count against the lottery pool they would have been in.
Ticket Allocation Practices For “Everyone Else” Lottery
The number of tickets an applicant has in the “everyone else” lottery will be determined as follows:
- All qualified applicants get one ticket “just for applying”.
- Applicants with 1-4 Hardrock finishes ever will get one additional ticket for each finish.
- Top-5 male and top-5 female finishers of the previous year’s race get one additional ticket each (except the winners, who are already accepted).
- Up to ONE additional ticket will be provided to any entrant from the past three years who did not start. This includes runners who were on the wait list or who withdrew from the wait list or accepted list for any reason.
- Applicants who have performed special services for Hardrock may receive one or two additional tickets. We have generally set a high bar for awarding extra tickets (i.e., simply working an aid station isn’t enough), but those who worked at least two days of last year’s Trail Work Weekend will get an additional ticket. If you think you have performed a special service, please list it on the application for selection board review.
- Aid Station Captains from the previous year (only) are awarded one additional ticket.
- Long-time volunteers receive one additional ticket for each 5-year pin you have earned from the Volunteer Coordinator.
Important Changes upcoming for the 2015 Lottery
- No longer does merely starting Hardrock, regardless the year, count as qualifying.
- We will reduce the “finished any Hardrock within five years” qualification to three years.
Hardrock itself is and will be a qualifier like any other on the list, except that it counts for an extra year (three instead of two), beginning in 2015.
It is still the case that everyone in any of the lotteries has to have run a qualifier in the appropriate time period.