Quick Hardrock Update – UPDATED 2/4 12:30 PM

Well, I’m 0 for 2 in lotteries for 2008 ultra. The Hardrock lottery was held yesterday and I came up […]

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Well, I’m 0 for 2 in lotteries for 2008 ultra. The Hardrock lottery was held yesterday and I came up a wee bit short. After the HRH board draws the names of the 140 guaranteed entrants, they pull the remainder of the names to order the wait list from which additional applicant gain entry as current entrants withdraw. Each year, folks from approximately the first 20 spots on the HRH waitlist have a realistic shot of getting in the big dance. I was not pulled in first 20 wait list draws; in fact, I was not pulled in the first 200(!?) wait list spots. Instead my name was pulled for spot 210 on the wait list out of a total of 214 people on the wait list. Only Justin Walker, Mandy Calvert, Zach Markham, and Chuck Cofer had worse luck than me.

Congratulations to everyone who DID get their name drawn for entry or a top slot on the wait list! When I get a chance I’ll take a look at the entrants list and let y’all know what I think. With names like Jurek, Skaggs, and Africa at the top of the wait list, there could be some fast times at HRH 2008.

Update – 2/4 12:30 PM
I just sent in my official withdrawal from this year’s MMT 100. As I previously wrote, I would only run MMT if I got into Hardrock. As I did not, I’m sticking to my word and am opting not to run MMT (I would not be in shape to “race”by MMT anyway). Instead, I’ll be pacing ultra stud Mike Mason.

Bryon Powell

Bryon Powell is the Founding Editor of iRunFar. He’s been writing about trail running, ultrarunning, and running gear for more than 15 years. Aside from iRunFar, he’s authored the books Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, been a contributing editor at Trail Runner magazine, written for publications including Outside, Sierra, and Running Times, and coached ultrarunners of all abilities. Based in Silverton, Colorado, Bryon is an avid trail runner and ultrarunner who competes in events from the Hardrock 100 Mile just out his front door to races long and short around the world, that is, when he’s not fly fishing or tending to his garden.