Hardrock 100 2013 Lotto Results

Hardrock 100While the Hardrock 100 is technically a “run,” there’s no doubt that folks at the front of the field are racing. Given that the previous year’s winners are the only automatic entrants, the elites (or whatever we want to call them) continue to display the spirit of Hardrock – they savor their entries, spend a week or two with the friends be it in an overstuffed housed or camping up on some pass, and respect the race as something that can crush even the most experienced of ultrarunners (even Hardrockers). While it’s laudable for anyone to complete Hardrock, there’s no doubt that fans of the sport get quite excited about what’s happening up front at Hardrock and that’s why we’re letting you know which speedsters have a spot in the 2013 Hardrock 100.

The women’s race promises to be the highlight with a showdown between defending champ Darcy Africa (2012 post-race interview, her 2012 race report), four-time champ (’08-11) Diana Finkel, the incomparable Lizzy Hawker (if she gets in off the waitlist), and former Western States 100 champ Tracy Garneau. The race will also include both Hardrock Betsies: Betsy Nye won in 2003 while Betsy Kalmeyer has won five times. Anna Frost (her 2013 lottery application essay) and Nikki Kimball are the two most notable names not drawn in the lottery.

Karl Meltzer (2012 pre-race interview) suffered through a 7th-place finish at last year’s Hardrock, but his five wins make him a favorite. Former champ Jared Campbell also returns so he’ll be a threat. Joe Grant (2012 post-race interview along with Dakota Jones) is the top returnee from last year’s race when he finish second just 16 minutes behind Hal Koerner. Frenchman Sebastien Chaigneau should get off the waitlist and can challenge anyone as his TNF UTMB finishes show. The talent that didn’t make it into the race is incredible and demonstrates Hardrock’s tremendous draw. Guys not getting into next year’s race include Michael Arnstein, Adam Campbell, Mike Foote, Dave James, Kilian Jornet, Anton Krupicka, Dave Mackey, Luke Nelson, Michael Wardian, and Mike Wolfe … and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Automatic Entrants

Darcy Africa is the only automatic entrant in the 2013 Hardrock 100 on the basis of her win in 2012. Hal Koerner did not apply to defend his title.

Notable Men’s 2013 Hardrock 100 Entrants

  • Dan Barger
  • Jared Campbell (2010 HRH champ)
  • Jamil Coury
  • Nick Coury
  • Ricky Denesik (1998 HRH champ)
  • Neal Gorman
  • Joe Grant
  • Adam Hewey
  • Scott Jaime
  • Ted Mahon
  • Karl Meltzer (5-time HRH Champ: ’01, ’03, ’05, ’06, ’09)
  • Jason Poole
  • Chris Price

Waitlisted (with at least a remote chance of getting in)

  • Troy Howard (1st on the Everyone-Else list)
  • Sebastien Chaigneau (4th on Never-Run list)
  • Matt Hart (17th on the Everyone-Else list)

Notable Did-Not-Get-Ins and Waitlisted Folks with No Chance of Getting In: Jay Aldous, Justin Angle, Michael Arnstein, Jonathan Basham, James Bonnet, Adam Campbell, Duncan Callahan, John Fegyveresi, Mike Foote, Grant Guise, Shinsuke Isomura, Dave James, Kilian Jornet, Jason Koop (52nd on Everyone-Else WL), Anton Krupicka (49th on Never-Run WL), Ben Lewis, Adam Lint, Dave Mackey, Steven Moore, Luke Nelson (37th on Never-Run WL), Jack Pilla, Jason Schlarb, Brandon Stapanowich, Partrick Stewart (43rd on Everyone-Else WL), Eric Storheim, Paul Terranova, Brendan Trimboli, Dan Vega, Michael Wardian, Adam Wilcox (33rd on the Everyone-Else WL), Mike Wolfe, Nathan Yanko (38th on Everyone-Else WL)

Additional crowd favorites: Kirk Apt (1st on Vet WL), Tetsuro Ogata (Ogata was on the 2012 HRH waitlist, and he made it all the way to the top spot on the waitlist on race morning, but not into the race itself. For 2013, he’s 3rd on the Never-Run WL.), Steve Peterson (5-time Leadville 100 champ), Billy Simpson, Hans Deiter-Weisshaar

Notable Women’s 2013 Hardrock 100 Entrants

  • Darcy Africa (see above)
  • Darla Askew
  • Diana Finkel (4-time HRH Champ: ’08-’11)
  • Tracy Garneau
  • Betsy Kalmeyer (5-time HRH Champ: ’96, ’99, ’01, ’04, ’06)
  • Betsy Nye (2003 HRH Champ with many HRH podiums)

Waitlisted (with at least a remote chance of getting in)

  • Lizzy Hawker (5th on Never-Run WL)
  • Helen Cospolich (19th on the Everyone-Else WL)
  • Leah Fein (20th on the Everyone-Else WL)
  • Gretchen Evaul (18th on Never-Run WL)

Notable Did-Not-Get-Ins and Waitlisted Folks with No Chance of Getting In: Jennifer Benna, Candice Burt, Leila Degrave, Katie DeSplinter, Salynda Fleury, Anna Frost, Keira Henninger, Emily Judd, Nikki Kimball, Jane Larkindale, Emelie Lecomte, Sandi Nypaver, Jenny Pierce, Jen Segger, Becky Wheeler, Paulette Zillmer

Additional crowd favorites: Liz Bauer, Diane van Deren (2nd on Vet WL)

Call for Comments

  • Who are you most excited about running next year’s Hardrock 100?
  • Who are your early picks as the favorites?
  • Who’d we miss on our lists?
  • If you’re in, how excited are you to be racing Hardrock next year?

There are 142 comments

  1. Jim

    I seem to repeat this every year when the lotteries are drawn.

    We can all complain about how it's not fair for first timers, elites, etc., but it's not YOUR race. If you don't like the rules, don't apply and put together your own run. Does it suck to not get into the high profile races year after year, yes. Do I complain to friends, yes. Do I criticize RDs online, no.

    Cheers to all the RD/boards that make decisions and stick to them.

  2. Dom


    Heartache, sadness, be gone from the hearts of San Juan FOMO-ers. Dakota Jones is pumping up a gorgous 50ish miler on the trails of Telluride, sure to be as impressive or greater to Imogene Pass to the locals of Telluride (they'll still act like they've never heard of Hardrock).

    Telluride is an amazing place, your gnar cravings will be fed.

    1. Brian

      Nice! That looks pretty cool.

      Has anyone heard any updates regarding the proposed Silverton 100K race that the RD for the Golden Gate Dirty Thirty was going to put on?

    2. Chris P.

      Thanks for sharing that, Dom!

      Brian, the last email that Megan sent to past Dirty Thirty runners said she would know whether the permit is approved by January 1st, and I assume would know a definite date at that time (either July 27 or September 7). I don't know anything beyond this, such as what the proposed course looks like.

  3. Shane

    Just wondering. I've been to Leadville, which can be a total zoo, a few time for the 100( MTB and run ). Too many runners and riders there and obviously not enough spots at Hardrock.

  4. Tim

    All very interesting, I guess I am still wondering about John Smith's comment, see below at the very bottom.

    I also have a few other questions which I know have or have not been brought up a couple of times. If it is indeed a "run" why the trophy at the end?

    Also regarding the lottery, there was an interesting point made about persistence and those that kept trying to get in each did accumalate alot of tickets and were chosen this year, much to which they deserved. My question is why for some is it almost guaranteed that they will get into the race is this HRs way or rewarding them?

    What is wrong with the idea of just putting everyone's name in a jar / hat one ticket only and just pull the 140 names.

    Has the USFS showed any sign that the field "runners only" can be expanded in the future or if the course is "re-worked".

    Below is John Smith's statement:

    Per Dale: “Due to the fragile nature of some of the terrain we travel through they are very cautious about how many runners are allowed”, the race is thus capped at 140. Also runners over age 60 can have pacers the entire 100 miles. Last year there were 80 official finishers, which means that if they all had pacers for part of the race, there were up to 160 people on the trails, perhaps even more.

    So my question is, why are additional pacer runners allowed if there is a “cap” of 140?

  5. Clark

    Thanks Chris.

    BTW, I call dibs on pacing Tetsuro Ogata (Bryon snip: Ogata was on the 2012 HRH waitlist, and he made it all the way to the top spot on the waitlist on race morning, but not into the race itself. For 2013, he’s 3rd on the Never-Run WL.). He was staying at the hostel last year and I saw him checking out his standing online in the lobby the morning of, and the secret untold story is he was literally five minutes from in. You see, in the gym Dale called out five minutes to check in – Hal where are you??? Yes, THAT Hal! The rest is known history of course, except this untold story: I then saw Tetsuro and several junctures/high passes around the course (Grant Swamp, Little Giant, maybe more, it's all a blur now) taking pics and enthusiastically cheering everyone on. Wow, what a guy!!! This is the spirit of Hardrock, the things experienced on the ground but maybe not so much online. I salute you Tetsuro, and I'm here for you if you need a pacer this summer.

    (Note to everyone else: I already got the jump on this by reaching out to him thru one of his other friends via the HRH email list, but if pacing him has to turn into a lottery of it's own, so be it)

  6. MonkeyBoy

    Hi, Jon

    I am not going to put words in the RD's mouth, but I cannot imagine that anyone up there is more aware of how many runners, crew members, volunteers, pacers, day hikers, flower pickers, marmots and ghosts of mining past are running around those mountains in the San Juans more than the folks associated with putting on, directing, course marking and cleaning up after the Hardrock 100. The "cap" they have arrived at takes into consideration the total potential volume of traffic. They understand that the event itself and the folks in town to participate are just "visiting" and they want to leave as positive an impression as they can on the area surrounding. It's a partnership. Most RD's get that and arrive at the number accordingly. The relationships with the Forest Service, the Town, etc are priceless and viewed more as partnerships and stewarding.

    I don't have the definitive answer to your question, but that is the logic that makes sense to me. This question gets asked every year of several races that are popular and folks don't get in.

    Jon, were you in the 'Never started" Lottery? Where you from?

    1. AJW

      While Karl and a few others have managed to run HRH very well without a pacer I honestly feel that it's one of the few races where I actually want a pacer to look after my safety. At 4am up over 13,000 after running 75 miles your mind and body do some pretty wacky things. Having a companion actually makes it a bit more safe. But, that's just me…AJW

  7. Anonymous

    As a guy who just finished his first year as an ultrarunner, I'm always willing to consider that I'm missing something here, but two things seem very, very clear from reading through all of the above: A lot of people really want to run HR, and the course is always open and available to run (ignoring, willfully, weather conditions and such for the moment) on, so with the exception of that one weekend a year when the official event occurs, why not go do it? It already has a name, and people keep track of the times, if it's that important, have a medal and T-shirt and bumper sticker made up, you can even "brag" that you didn't need to win a lottery or use aid stations 'cause that's how tough you are…

    As I say, it was my first year, I live in SoCal so there's plenty around, I entered and finished most of them, but my favorite two courses so far? The Grand Canyon and a 30M section of the JMT — and not even a bib# to show for it!

    Just sayin',

    JV in SD

  8. Wyatt Hornsby

    Congrats to everyone who got into Hardrock! I've always thought of the Hardrock entry process as fiercely objective and system-based. This year you have some incredibly awesome runners who simply won't get in. My impression of Hardrock has always been that it's not about racing or even putting the best mountain runners in the world on the same course. It's an experience that is open to all who qualify. I think Dale et al have done a great job of designing and refining the lottery system.


        1. Jon Smith

          If there is a time given at the end,there is a finishing order, and everyone is trying to do their best, its a race even if its called a "run"…

  9. Blake Wood

    Our permit is written with the understanding that pacers are allowed, so it is not simply a matter of xxx humans on the course with us dedicating xxx-140 of the slots to pacers. And the decision to allow pacers is not accidental or incidental – I always have pacers, typically non-ultrarunning friends, high school kids I coach, and my daughters. Pacing is a great way to get the next generation of runners turned on to ultra running (and in fact, the first of my high school pacers finished Hardrock last year, and another applied this year!)

    However, it is more than just our BLM/USFS permit and the impact on the terrain, Jon. Logistically, runners require many more resources than pacers. Pacers rarely need to be evacuated from the course, or use an aid station volunteer's sleeping bag, or sit in an aid station in a delirium. Pacers typically take care of themselves in aid stations, where the runners typically need to be attended to. Plus, there is the fact that a huge race feels less friendly and "family-like" than a smaller run, and this is one of the aspects of Hardrock that is most valued. I think that Hardrock with 250 or 300 runners wouldn't feel like Hardrock anymore, and would STILL leave 500-600 applicants disappointed!

  10. Josh

    Well, you weren't the favorite in Steamboat either! Perhaps Joe & Seb might be slight favorites, but only a fool would discount the speedgoat!

  11. Phil Jeremy

    Having read all of the above and accepted the HR tradition and fairness etc etc it still seems just plain odd to me that Killian,Tony and the like don't get in.Its fun to watch the best of the best battling it out and if I was Karl or Joe I'd want them in….Imagine the 100 metres without Usain Bolt.

    When I talk to non ultra folk about this they just give a shrug as if to say 'no wonder we're not interested'. I feel this sport will always be marginalised if this attitude pervades…and I suspect many ultra folks are quite happy about that. I think its a shame. What's wrong with having tradition and healthy competition side by side?

  12. Pete

    wetsern states is just as flawed if not more so. The bottom line is these races are run on public land with limited spots. I like how hardrock does their lottery. Frankly more runs should follow this mold. The western states lottery is very cheated and the same people run it year in and year and have a sense of entitlement. At least hardrock is trying to incorporate more new faces.

  13. Mic

    Late to the party, but thought I'd chime in.

    There was a recent past thread about the explosion of ultra racing. The number of ultras in the USA has gone from some 40 to over 100 in ten short years or so.

    I think effect has corrolation in the lottery races that exist. I vowed to never run a lottery race and maintained that value for years. Then I got sucked into they hype of a race. Big let down.

    It's like not knowing if you'll be invited to Senior Prom.

    Then there is the dreaded wait-list.

    I guess, I'm happy paying for a race, knowing that I have a spot and training specifically for that race.

    IMHO, I don't see how it can't be negotiated with Parks people to have an extra 250 people, but absolutely no spectating. Many cycling races have this policy, leave your "Poochy Coochy Whoochy girlfriend/boyfriend, husband/wife" at home.

    It think it's about negotiating with the Parks staff.

    It should be a partnership, "extra parking lots and shuttle to Race central", "Your park will be safer in and around the time of the race, especially on race day", "exposure for your infrequently visited Park", "more racers and people petitioning for your Park to get extra resources."

    1. Speedgoatkarl

      mic. her'es the thing though, if no crew, spectating was "allowed" the trails would have to be closed to the public. that wont' happen.

      I could simply say I am a guy going for a hike, then spectate. I did that at WS one year, everyone had to take a shuttle to Robinson Flat and I was a "regular hiker". I drove right by. Too many folks would do that. It is what it is.

  14. Bryon Powell

    The thing is, there are plenty of big mountain 100-mile-ish races at which these guys can battle each other. Yeah, there might be something special that draws them to HR, but it's not the competition. For that, they can go to UTMB or Ronda del Cime or another extant race… or try to create their own ideal mountain showdown event. Not sure why an undeniably successful (at least in my eyes) event needs to change significantly to me fans needs or foster recognition of the sport among non-fans.

    1. Bryon Powell

      And, trust me, as someone who reports on these events and who knows Hardrock well enough (not to mention an ultra junkie), I'd love to see a showdown among 15 of the world's top ultrarunners of each gender. Holy crap, that'd be awesome… but, if you saw Hardrock, you'd know that its quaintness and community are its brilliance. A race like UTMB is like Barcelona or Paris or London or New York – it's huge and awesome and overwhelming and provides all things to all people… while Hardrock is the hidden mountain town not on the map. It's where your neighbor waters your rhubard if he or she see it starting to wilt or the cafe owner gives the elderly regular a call if he or she hasn't seen you in a couple days … not to force a sale, but just to see if he or she is ok. Both are beautiful.

    2. Jon Smith

      Bryon, you interview a lot of these runners so you might have better insight into the runners mindset for HR, but are you saying that runners at HR are not competing against each other? It may not be their #1 priority, but don't you think Diana Finkel, Dracy Africa, etc. toe to line to ALSO win?? It couldn't possibly be just because they want to take in the scenery, or could it? I don't think the participants turn themselves inside out to not only finish, but to do their best, and for the folks with big engines (elites) that means going for a win if its within reach. Dakota moves to Silverton to train for just a fun run? Its a special race, community, etc, but they would all love to WIN it! But I could be totally wrong…. :)

      Thanks for the forum Bryon!!

      1. Clark

        Jon – of course the competitors are there to compete, and those competitors near the front are absolutely hoping to win. I chose my words very carefully there, because being a 'competitor' is not necessarily about speed or talent, but it is everything about mindset. Those with a competitive mindset seek to find their limits, not only in races, but in training, preparation, gear, and etc… Toeing the line means putting everything on the line, regardless of ability.

        Not everyone shares this mindset. Other goals such as the challenge of the course, the beauty, the camaraderie, or otherwise might be their focus, I'm sure the list is long.

        Just like your local 5K/marathon/etc… And, it's all good

    1. phil jeremy

      As ever Bryon you give a good, honest, balanced view, especially concerning the rhubarb….and I do get what your saying. I have run London and spectated at UTMB and its a buzz.I've never been to HR but its on the list as is Speedgoat but I think Karl might agree that having Killian there last year gave the event an extra special buzz…..well it did for me.

      As a Brit, living in France, I'm totally immersed in tradition and its importance but no matter how qaint HR is when I and thousands of fans are following your feeds on iRunfar day and night, we get behind our favourites, just as any sports fan would.

      Hardrock has the reputation of the toughest and that's the reason we follow it and we (and the elite) want to run it. I don't know the answer but does HR want to remain an old mining town race/run…..or does it want to be a world class sporting event. At the moment I'm not sure what it wants to be….Is it a major event on the ultra calendar or is it a little folksy local race just open to the few? I'm on the outside looking in and I'm confused.

      1. Bryon Powell

        I'm not on the board nor affiliated with the race in any way, but I can answer the question – "I don’t know the answer but does HR want to remain an old mining town race/run…..or does it want to be a world class sporting event." – with confidence: It wants to remain an old mining town race/run…

        and with slightly less confidence and, again, entirely from my own perspective, has no interest in being "a world class sporting event" if that is interpreted as meaning an event that focuses on providing a platform for the world's best mountain ultrarunners to race one another in championship level event.

        … as far as I can tell, there's never been any confusion as to which of those two paths Hardrock has chosen to follow.

        1. phil jeremy

          Okay, now I understand. I can see that I, and others, have read HR wrong. I've been sitting here at home thinking that this is one of the big three events of the year (HR, WS, UTMB), like a grand slam thing….and it isn't….and doesn't want to be. In a way its a credit to your website that you have helped to engender such a belief and I mean this 100% as a compliment. Problem is I'm even more confused. As someone said earlier, Dakota decamping for a year sounds like a lot of commitment for a little old jog along some old mining trails.

          Its clear now that I and maybe others(even Killian)see HR a little different to how it sees itself. Its as if we are talking about Wimbledon being a little south London tennis club that every year just happens to have Federer et al just turning up at the gate for a few volleys…..as long as they can climb over the fence!

          1. Jon Smith

            The fact that every year there is a long discussion following the Lottery results, about what HR is and what it isn't means some things could still be clarified further.

            The word "run"…just confuses things. Its a big race, with few runners, thats hard to get into, and held in a very small town, surrounded by pretty peaks and thats the way its going to stay.

          2. Vlad

            Dakota is from Durango, which is about an hour drive south of Silverton (where HR takes place). For him, it was basically running on a home turf.

  15. Elite Pete

    If the race continues to grow at the rate it is doing and this, 2^N, methodology is continued then eventually it will be a race full of middle aged men.

    Oh wait, most folk who raced last year were middle aged men.

    1. Vlad

      It's worth remembering that both Anton and Geoff made it through the lottery last year, but each for his own reasons decided not to run (though Anton paced Joe G).

  16. montecervino

    man.. hardrock is a joke.. it's obviously that this race has gradually become undermined by partisanship… the race directors should cut the amateur list and add up to 30 extra slots for the elite..

    it's a real shame what this race has become!

    1. Yeti

      Make it 50 extra slots, no wait…make it all slots reserved for the elite! Give the people what they want! A head to head alpha male battle to find out just exactly who is the dominant pack leader. Just imagine the possibilities: The Wolfepaw vs. The Running Jesus, The Foote vs. Dbo, Frosty vs. them all, man it could be epic! So wake up and get with the program already amateurs, you really have no place in ultrarunning besides as spectating cheerleaders. Not only do you lose every race but you also finish like hours behind the talent anyway, so why even bother? You're all just crowding the singletrack of the gifted! ;-) Long live Hardrock!

  17. Collin

    Thought for you guys… It's kind of ridiculous to allow people who have been admitted but not shown up to the race to continue racking up points on the 2^n scale. When someone gets in and doesn't show up, for any reason, they ought to be reset to 0. This will encourage people to take the race more seriously…

    1. Vlad

      why such militant and intolerant approach ? … accidents, injuries and unexpected circumstances happen and it may not be your fault at all. Why should you be punished for that ? … besides loosing the entry fee you automatically make someone else from the waiting list very happy … maybe that deserves an extra ticket(s) for next year by itself.

  18. Jon Smith

    These are just some ideas for thought, for HD and ultra races in general. When space is limited in a race like HD and people are clamoring to get in, I feel it comes down to pacer spaces. First, a couple assumptions: 1)The permit at HD, for example, as has already been mentioned, is based on x number of runners and with knowledge that pacers are allowed (which can essentially double the number of runners). Not everyone uses the same number of pacers or crew and some don’t want any pacers right? What happens to that unused space, which has in essence already been permitted for?? It stays unused…. 2) I would argue that the vibe/feel of the race would be practically the same for 140 runners plus their crew/pacers as it would be with lets say 200 runners plus crew and less pacers – still the same general size. They are all still there to enjoy the whole atmosphere. 3) Most fans seem to be pining to see the fastest mountain runners in the world do battle on the most challenging courses 4) the ultra scene is progressing and races need to progress accordingly or risk becoming irrelevant.

    My CRUDE ideas:

    – Races with limited space set a total max of runners plus pacers that will be out on course (i.e 250). The # would be slightly less then the permit cap, just to make sure its not exceeded and piss off BLM/USFS

    – Lottery results are shown in the order picked – first to last

    – If any favoring is done, instead of favoring multiple time finishers in general, the lottery would favor those willing to run pacer-less

    – Two lotteries – one for pacers used and one for no pacers used

    – Big Engine runners “elites” – agree to not use any pacers for any of the race. They do it in Europe (even the American runners), why do they need them here in the US…and they are more than capable of fending for themselves out on the course aren’t they. Runners would just need to sign up as “elite” in the application

    o This would in essence clear up some space for more Big Engines to enter as participants and get in via lottery

    o If they can’t finish without pacers, they’ll just have to DNF

    – All others – give them an option upon application to use or decline the use of any pacers. Again, this would in essence free up space for others to enter the lottery

    o If they can’t finish without pacers, they’ll just have to DNF

    o If pacers are desired, they should sign up as a team from the onset, pay as a team (a little more than an individual) and results reflected as a team

    – Once the applications are submitted, the number of pacers can be calculated and correspondingly, the number of runners. Both numbers would fluctuate a bit each year, but there would be a grand total cap (i.e 250) each year

    – If the last person to get in via the lottery (non-elite) and their pacer list exceeds the race total cap, they are then given the option to run with less pacers to stay under the cap or not run at all, in which case the slot would be given to the person next in line.

    – Clear up language between run vs. race. They are all races, whether family friendly or not….

    What would this do ( I think…):

    – Allow for more elites to enter and others in general since non-used pacer space will be allocated

    – Keep the race the same general size, based on folks (runners/pacers) out on course or hanging in town the week prior

    – Keep the non-pacer race more pure – just mano-a-mano start to finish!!

    – Increase the race funds by having all racers & pacers pay an entrance fee

    – Make the results clearer by distinguishing between team efforts,individual effort & Elites

    – Less comments about “what could have been” and more about “what a great race that was!”


    – You’d still have lots of people pissed off every year for not getting in via the lottery

    Happy Holidays everyone!

  19. Blake Wood

    We chose not to make this distinction because we were unwilling to try to guess why someone withdrew from the run, nor to make a value judgement about their motivation. Plus, record-keeping for the >2000 qualified runners who have ever applied to Hardrock already takes a lot of time, and would be way worse if we had to track "motivation" so we could tell someone "no, you don't get credit for a DNS four years ago because we felt your sister getting married was not a legitimate excuse for withdrawing."

    In addition, with the run as oversubscribed as it is, we want to give runners every incentive to withdraw if they don't feel they are ready, so some other grateful runner can take their slot.

    Are people gaming the system by applying when they have no intention of running? Undoubtedly. But as long as they went to the trouble of running a qualifier, one reason for a DNS is as good as any other for us.

    1. Bryon Powell

      Monte Cervino, I know you may disagree with Yeti, but there's no need to start name calling here.

      Also, I think if you read the full discussion, you'll see that Hardrock hasn't "shameful become something," the event has always been about letting anyone compete and decidedly not an event focused on promoting elite competition. Why does Hardrock need to become something it isn't and never has been?

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