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March 03, 2010


Bogie D

Well ... at Mont Blanc 2 years ago they had 2500 people register and it filled up in 20 minutes. I understand they needed to create a lottery.

But isn't it better to create a system, a ladder where people can actually do something rather than wishing they are lucky ?

For example you get 1 point for each 50 miler, 3 points for 100 with less 10K of elevation, 5 points for all other 100 milers. Then regardless of how many points people have create 5 buckets and assigned "lottery points" from 1 to 5 distributed proportionally

In this way HURT will have more finishers as well ...

On the other hand , whatever is easier for you so you can keep organizing the race

Aloha back


Bogie Dee,

I feel your pain, I'm 0 for 7 at Hardrock, 5 of 14 at Western States, and 1 for 1 at Wasatch. Fortunately, the inability to get into those events led me to others events that had no lottery or rarely filled up. My favorite to date is Plain which has no lottery, and never fills up, yet few people want to run it. Go figure. Putting on a race where the field is limited to such a small number (100) requires some creative thinking to make it fair to all. Don't know if there will ever be the perfect solution, but we need to trying something different because the old system was summarily criticized. Thank you for the comments and concerns.



Bogie Dee

Another race with a lottery ?
We should balance the chances of all races with a lottery or else some people will get in WS, hardrock, Wasach and so forth ... and some ( like me) will get in none

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