2015 Hardrock 100 Lottery Results

Hardrock 100Congrats to everyone who gained entrance to the elusive 2015 Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run. Let’s be clear, Hardrock isn’t a race, per se. It’s a ‘run.’ But it’s one of the hardest and most aesthetic organized 100-mile ‘runs’ on this planet. So attractive is this run that 1,367 people applied for the lottery for the 2015 run, up from 1,279 folks for the 2014 run lottery.

Prior to the lottery, the run administration placed all of the lottery applicants in divisions based upon their previous experience (or not) with Hardrock and separate lotteries took place within each of the divisions. The divisions are ‘First-Timers’ from which 47 spots in the run were given, ‘Veterans’ from which 35 spaces were given, and ‘Everyone Else’ from which 70 spaces were given. This totals 152 runners, a 12-runner increase from the 2014 race which originates from 12 more spots being given to ‘First-Timers’ than last year.

Even though this event is called a run and not a race, there are some men and women each year who attempt to run the course faster than everyone else in that year’s run and, possibly, faster than the course record. Below we document the men and women who were selected in the lottery today who we think will be the main 2015 contenders. We also mention who is on a waitlist and might get in, who is on a waitlist so far down they probably won’t get in, and who the unlucky, un-chosen runners were.

The excitement on the men’s side certainly comes from returning champion and course record holder, Kilian Jornet, going head-to-head against Iker Karrera, Adam Campbell, and Anton Krupicka. Potential party spoilers include Chris Price and Troy Howard, both of whom have run well here in recent history. Throw in a fit Jason Koop (DNF from hypothermia in ’14, high enough on a waitlist that he’ll probably get in) and seasoned veterans such as Scott Jaime, Jared Campbell, and Karl Meltzer (also high enough on a waitlist that he’ll probably get in), and this race will be as fast and competitive as last year. 

On the women’s side, three-time champion Darcy Piceu will be challenged by Hardrock veteran and last year’s runner-up, Betsy Kalmeyer, as well as a fast and hungry Anna Frost, who blasted through her first 100 miler this fall with a win and course record at the Bear 100. This duo, combined with consistent HR performer Darla Askew, four time winner Diana Finkel (currently waitlisted but with a good shot of getting in), as well as Bethany Lewis (also waitlisted but potentially low enough that she might not get in) who is undefeated at the 100-mile distance, and the women’s race should provide just as much drama as the men’s.

Here we go!

Automatic Entrants

There’s only one way to bypass the lottery to get into Hardrock: by winning the previous edition! 2014 winners Kilian Jornet and Darcy Piceu have automatic entries into the 2015 run and both of them have chosen to use those entries.

Notable Men’s 2015 Hardrock 100 Entrants

Here are the high-level men who have a spot in the 2015 run:

  • John Anderson – 10th in 2010 Hardrock
  • Adam Campbell – second at 2014 Hardrock
  • Jared Campbell – nine-time Hardrock finisher, 2010 winner, and seventh in 2013, 2014
  • Jamil Coury – 12th in 2013 HR, second at this year’s San Diego 100
  • Nick Coury – sixth at 2013 HR
  • Mike Foote – third at 2012 UTMB
  • Matt Hart – 12th in 2011 HR
  • Adam Hewey  ninth in 2013 HR
  • Troy Howard – second place 2013 HR
  • Scott Jaime – seven-time HR finisher, fifth last year, third in 2012
  • Tsuyoshi Kaburaki – sixth in 2014 HR
  • Iker Karrera – twice runner up at UTMB
  • Anton Krupicka – winner of 2014 Lavaredo Ultra Trail
  • Jeason Murphy – 15th at 2014 HR, fifth at ’14 Bear 100
  • Bryon Powell twice Leadville top 10
  • Jason Poole – eighth 2013 HR, fifth in 2010 HR
  • Chris Price – fourth at 2013 HR
  • Brandon Stapanowich – 12th at 2013 WS100, Nolan’s 14 finisher 2014
  • Brendan Trimboli – second at 2014 San Juan Solstice
  • Adam Wilcox – eighth at 2012 HR

Notable Women’s 2015 Hardrock Entrants

Here are the high-level women who have a spot in the 2015 run:

  • Darla Askew – second at ’13 HR, third in ’12
  • Leah Fein – fifth at 2012 HR
  • Anna Frost – winner of ’14 Bear 100
  • Missy Gosney – finished 12 summits of the Nolan’s 14 line in 2014
  • Meghan Hicks – winner of 2013 Marathon des Sables
  • Betsy Kalmeyer last year’s HR runner-up, fifth in 2013

Waitlisted Men with at Least a Remote Chance of Getting In

Here are the male contenders who were chosen in the top-20 slots of the First-Timers waitlist, the top-15 slots of the Veterans waitlist, or the top-30 slots of the Everyone Else waitlist. These men have a good shot of getting off their respective waitlists and into the run.

  • Joe Grant (#3 on veterans waitlist)- update: still waiting on confirmation on whether Joe was selected. [Update 12/6: It looks like there was a clerical error during the announcement of the Veterans waitlist by the race administration, as Joe Grant was announced for the third spot on the Veterans waitlist. In actuality, Bruce Grant was pulled for third on that list while Joe Grant is far enough down the waitlist that he doesn’t have a chance of getting in.]
  • Karl Meltzer #5 on Veterans waitlist
  • Jason Schlarb #23 on First Timers wait list, long shot to gain entry
  • Jason Koop #6 on Everyone Else waitlist

Waitlisted Women with at Least a Remote Chance of Getting In

Here are the female contenders who were chosen in either the top-20 slots of the First-Timers waitlist, the top-15 slots of the Veterans waitlist, or the top-30 slots of the Everyone Else waitlist. These women have a decent shot of running.

  • Bethany Lewis #14 on First Timers waitlist, fairly long shot to gain entry
  • Diana Finkel #5 on Everyone Else waitlist

Notable Did-Not-Get-Ins and Waitlisted Men with No Chance of Getting In

Here are some fast men who weren’t chosen in the lottery or are so far down their respective waitlist that there is almost no chance of them getting in.

  • Nick Clark
  • Cyril Cointre
  • Avery Collins
  • Pierre Loic Deragne
  • François D’Haene
  • Yassine Diboun
  • Dan Doherty
  • Cody Draper
  • Patrick Garcia
  • Ryan Ghelfi
  • Neal Gorman
  • Joe Grant
  • Grant Guise
  • Yoshikazu Hara
  • Jeff Hashimoto
  • Jesse Haynes
  • Nickademus Hollon
  • John Horns
  • Jeremey Humphrey
  • Andy Jones-Wilkins
  • Mick Jurynec
  • Lars Kjerengtroen
  • Eric Lee
  • Jason Leman
  • Ben Lewis
  • Dave Mackey
  • Travis Macy
  • Gavin McKenzie
  • Paulo Medina
  • Denis Mikhaylov
  • Steven Moore
  • Luke Nelson
  • Timothy Olson
  • Michael Owen
  • Nick Pedatella
  • Brian Peterson
  • Jack Pilla
  • Glen Redpath
  • Gary Robbins
  • David Ruttum
  • Carlos Sá
  • Ian Sharman
  • Kevin Shilling
  • Steve Slaby
  • Ford Smith
  • Patrick Stewart
  • Eric Storheim
  • Oleg Tabalev
  • Paul Terranova
  • Gennadii Tertychnyi
  • John Tidd
  • Ian Torrence
  • Lionel Trivel
  • Zach Violett
  • Michael Wardian
  • Scott Wolfe
  • Kenichi Yamamoto

Notable Did-Not-Get-Ins and Waitlisted Women with No Chance of Getting In

There are also a bunch of fast women who entered the lottery, but have little to no chance of running Hardrock in 2015.

  • Meghan Arbogast
  • Jennifer Benna
  • Rory Bosio
  • Denise Bourassa
  • Kerrie Bruxvoort
  • Candice Burt
  • Francesca Canepa
  • Leila Degrave
  • Katie DeSplinter
  • Jennilyn Eaton
  • Gill Fowler
  • Tia Gabalita
  • Nicola Gildersleeve
  • Hannah Green
  • Emily Halnon
  • Keira Henninger
  • Emily Judd
  • Becky Kirschenmann
  • Bethany Lewis
  • Petra McDowell
  • Amy O’Connell
  • Eva Pastalkova
  • Kristina Pattison
  • Jenny Pierce
  • Siobahn Pritchard
  • Angela Shartel
  • Jenn Shelton
  • Gina Slaby
  • Robin Watkins
  • Keri Wheeler
  • Misty Wong
  • Molly Zurn

Call for Comments

  • Who are you most excited about running the 2015 Hardrock 100?
  • Who are your picks as favorites? Did we miss anyone who should be on these lists?
  • If you’re in, how excited are you to be racing Hardrock next year?
Tom Caughlan

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There are 43 comments

  1. Scott

    Via Twitter it sounds like Joe "four for four" Grant was not in the lottery at all–still, what an amazing field! Kilian vs. Anton, as pushed by Iker/Troy/Scott Jaime/Chris Price, could yield similarly amazing results to last year, one would have to think. (that is, if Anton shows up/is healthy…hmm, sound familiar?).

    Much more importantly, who's gonna win the Bryon/Megan showdown?? :-)

    1. JoeWGrant

      I was in the lottery, but ran out of luck! There was a typo on the twitter updates saying I was picked in the vet lottery, but it was in fact Bruce Grant. It's going to be an amazing race, yet again. I'll be down there crewing and pacing Tony.

  2. @tomcaughlan

    Don't even show that Browning registered. Second on the else wait list, just confirmed from the twitter feed and my handwritten list, is Kevin Martin. If you can link to something that confirms Jeff's entry, that would be great.

    1. iRunFar - Bryon

      There are only two automatic entries into Hardrock: the previous year's men's and women's winners. Everyone else is subject to the various lottery categories, even multiple-time winners like Diana and Karl Meltzer. That said, both of those runners have very high chances of entry as they're in the veteran's category. More of less, Diana will get in.

      1. francois_g

        since there are 3 divisions does this mean a veteran is someone who has run hardrock more than twice? If not I'm not sure I understand what an "everyone else" is.
        The more you have run the race, the more chances you get to run it again?

        1. Eli

          Here's the article on how the lottery works. It explains each category and how tickets are allotted. http://hardrock100.com/hardrock-lottery.php

          "First-timers – 47 slots will be allocated to this lottery, which is for anyone who has never started a Hardrock."
          "Veterans – 35 slots will be allocated to this lottery, which is for anyone who has five or more Hardrock finishes"
          "Everyone else – 70 slots will be allocated to this lottery, which is for anyone not in one of the previous two lotteries."

  3. Eli

    Now that Byron and Meghan got into HR100, who will cover it on iRF? Or will they run with GoPro's and live stream interviews with whoever they are running with at the time?

    I'd love to see Bryon delusionally interview some random runner at 2AM, 20 hours into the run.

  4. @MtnRunner_ELee

    I think you should add Missy Gosney to the women's contenders. She's won several 100milers and placed high in others, in addition to holding the current women's FKT for Nolans14 (fastest 12peaks completed). I think Hardrock is gonna be her type of course.

  5. olgav100

    I know their lottery is purely transparent, but it is mind boggling how many "notable" women did NOT get in vs getting in. With guys it is more even? Good luck, everyone, and who is going to tweet the developing race when Bryon and Megan are both in the run? :)

    1. Meghan Hicks


      iRunFar will cover the race even though Bryon and I are running it! :) We have received so many offers for race-coverage assistance from fans and friends, and we have a strong team that already helps us at races. Let us know if you want to come help out, too. ;)

      1. olgav100

        I am sure you have a TEAM behind, we're just spoiled by your personalities:) I'll have to look into a lot of details for that summer, but I miss Hardrock horribly. Not even going to wish you anything because you've got it all that needed for this circle: patience, training abilities and love for the place.

    2. olgav100

      There was nothing funny in my sentence, besides noting, and if it wasn't publish here (as a list), I would have never noticed, because I don't look at the lists either of those who applied to lotteries or who got in (unless they are my friends and I knew to look for them, or they are elite and everybody is talking). I am fully aware that there are by far fewer female apply for races (lotteries or otherwise). So, normally, the fact there are 20 male in the race for podium and 5 ladies doesn't bother me. I was simply surprised how many applied, and were not lucky. Why are people reading between the lines?

      1. mikehinterberg

        Sorry, I see your intent — the first sentence made it seem like there was a question of the lottery, by mentioning it. The internet is hard!
        The observation is then completely outside of the lottery — that perhaps a higher proportion of women that apply are more competitive and notable. Cheers!

  6. 420now

    Olga,thanks for opening that can of worms.Such a sexist lottery. Always an exciting men's race due to such a high level of ever changing elite men & the women's race…. "I wonder which Diane will win this year" can't believe Anna got in. I think all elite women should boycott that race,cause really what difference will it make…you're not getting in anyway.

    1. @runwillt

      We can't do much about the Veteran & Everybody Else lotteries as their gender gaps are present and can't can't change past results, that leads us to the Never lottery to make changes.

      Taking a mathematical approach to this, shows that the lottery is NOT sexist.
      254 of the 1133 applicants for the Never lottery were women. That is 22%.
      785 of the 4093 tickets in the Never lottery belonged to women. That is 19%.
      10 of the 47 lottery winners in the Never lottery were women. That is 21%.

      I would love to see more women running this race (and UTMB) as well, but not at the cost of discrediting all those males that qualified and applied, because after all we wouldn't want to be sexist, right? Everyone should have an equal chance male or female. Hardrock has made sure that is the case.

  7. @kdesplinter

    And the most notable Did-not-get-in of all time: Kirk Apt. Fortunately, if history repeats itself, all the vets that want to run will get to. Also, Missy Gosney definitely got in. You panicked me because I told her she got in at mile 33 of TNF50 this weekend… I was about to think I was the worst person ever! She should definitely be on your notable women's list – tough as nails, that one.

    1. @triplebradbb

      I know of very few races that officially allow bandit runners, and Hardrock isn't one of them. While it is on public land and not a closed course, the race support infrastructure is specifically for the registered runners, and the inherent dangers on the course make it highly not recommended to try it without a support system in place – the race goes so far as to purchase search & rescue insurance for every runner.

      If you want to see the course, I'd recommend either coming down to help with course markings, or else get a group of friends together to try "Softrock" – http://running.competitor.com/2014/07/photos/buck

  8. stayvertical

    I drew 16th on the waitlist for "never starts." I direct a race that has been on that day in the past years and must set the race date in the next couple days for our 2015 race. Is 16th on this list a good chance to actually start? Historically, how many come off these wait lists?

    1. @triplebradbb

      The 3-tier lottery system has only been in place for 2 years (now 3 lottery drawings), so there's not a lot of data to give an answer on:
      -2013 running – Never waitlist got down to spot #9
      -2014 running – Never waitlist got down to either #11 or #13 – not sure, sorry
      So #16 is no guarantee, but does have a moderate chance, imo.

      1. mikehinterberg

        Rob Erskine has a bit of analysis, but there isn't a whole lot of data with the lottery changing a bit — I guess the WL got down to #13 last year for Never-starts, but that was with 35 entries. With 47 entries now, if it plays out like it did last year, you'd have a reasonable chance. Good luck!

  9. Bartels

    I think I've read on the IRF forms (maybe last years lottery??) that 5 slots are reserved for board member pick whom ever they chose. Does anyone know if this is true or not? If so, it would be nice to know who those people are. Not criticizing that decision if it is true, just wondering. I'd hope those spots go to folks that contribute to the race year after year, etc. over a whiny 'elite' that tries to bypass the lottery AND qualifier by writing a post on IRF. Flame away.

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