Qualification Updates

At Board of Directors meetings, we are always evaluating changes to our Hardrock qualification standards and lottery which we feel will foster a Hardrock Run that we all stand behind. These may affect decisions you make long before our December lottery and potentially affect decisions you make concerning your running season.

Service Requirement

We will establish a service requirement for admission to the run, consisting of 8 hours service in either a) an aid station at an ultra, b) the management of an ultra, or c) work on a trail used by an ultra. The service must be completed by June 15th. Certification of the service is due by June 23, and the form describing the service must be signed by the RD of the ultra for which the service was performed. Runners on the wait list on June 23 must have their service form in if they are to be considered to take the place of subsequent withdrawls from the start list. The window for performing the service begins June 1 of the previous year (i.e. 6/1/15 for the 2016 run).

Lottery Changes

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:

  1. 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 DNS's 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 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.

Important Changes

  1. Starting Hardrock, regardless the year, does NOT count as qualifying.
  2. 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.

Qualifications for the Hardrock Hundred

The Hardrock Hundred is a "post-graduate" run. For safety reasons, not as an attempt at elitism, we cannot accept novice runners. The challenges faced during the HRH are much more than the exertion and fatigue expected from running 100 miles, and require the ability to navigate the course with uncertain conditions that may include:

  • High Elevation
  • Long, steep climbs
  • Extended distance and time between aid stations
  • Severe weather, including heat, cold, rain, hail, and lightning
  • Water and snow crossings
  • Exposure to potential for falls

Any runner attempting the HRH must understand that these challenges exist and they must be prepared to make decisions for his or her own safety under uncertain conditions without any expectation of assistance. While there is no guarantee that the runner is prepared for every eventuality, finishing a qualifying event gives some evidence of being prepared for the HRH. Finishing a qualifying event additionally improves the chances for a runner to finish the HRH.

The HRH has selected qualifying races to give the runner and the HRH management confidence that the runner is prepared to safely complete the HRH. The qualifying races each exhibit some of the challenges listed above. Some consideration is also taken for geographic location to help provide access to qualifiers worldwide. In addition, the HRH Board of Directors expects qualifiers to be environmentally responsible, have a positive impact on the health of the sport, and support the communities in which the races are held. Generally, events must be held a minimum of two times before being accepted as qualifiers.

The HRH Board of Directors reviews this list annually to add or remove qualifiers as appropriate. When a run is added, the previous two events will be included immediately. In most cases when a run is removed, it will be phased off the qualifying list over two years. This prevents having a finish be eligible as a qualifier one year and the same finish not qualifying the following year. However, the HRH BOD reserves the right to remove a run without the two-year process.

There have been instances where qualifying runs have been cancelled or shortened due to unforeseen circumstances. In these instances, and similar situations in the future, we do not consider that event in that year a qualifier. While this may regretfully prevent some runners from qualifying, the HRH feels the importance of the qualifying process for runner safety outweighs compromising this process for convenience.

Without (any) further ado, here are the qualifications for entry into the lottery for the Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run for 2016:

Qualifying for 2016 and 2017

See embedded chart below for the qualifying runs for 2016 and 2017. Look at the column header for which year you'd like to apply to Hardrock, then use the rows listing qualifying runs to determine if your finish will be considered a qualifying run. This chart takes into effect races that are being removed as qualifiers - please make careful note of races being phased out!


Application Availability

Applications are available beginning on October 24th. We'll accept applications any time thereafter up until Nov 22nd. The lottery will be the first weekend in December. The 152 selected runners will be notified immediately thereafter. Your billing information is collected at the time of application along with your $10 application fee, and if selected in the lottery your full entry fee will be billed using your payment information.

A waiting list will be maintained after the field is full. If you are moved onto the starter's list from the wait list, you will be notified and will have two weeks to submit your entry fee.

If you withdraw from the starter's list prior to June 1, 2016, you will receive a full refund of your entry fee (minus associated fees) if a wait listed runner takes your place. On or after June 1, 2016, you will receive a 50% refund (minus fees) if a wait listed runner takes your place. If there are no runners on the wait list, no refunds will be given.