539Re: [hr100] Hardrock Hundred Clarification
- Nov 11, 2001I think the best way to limit entries to Hardrock is
to raise the entry fee and let the market take care of
it. A few years ago I took a survey to see how much
people would pay to run Western States if they could
be guaranteed entry. The answer was that about half
would be willing to pay $300, which was about twice
the entry fee at the time, when the acceptance rate
was 50%. Considering inflation and all the publicity
we got on TV, you probably need to charge about
Of course, volunteers should get guaranteed, free
entry as a reward. Don't forget that in 1997 I spent
14 hours with Don Winkley and Hal Winton pulling
markers from Maggie Gulch to Handies Peak on the
Monday after the race. I also went on several course
marking hikes, but these don't count since it's just
Charlie Thorn marking the course and 20 people tagging
I also think race directors should get free entry.
I'll give all Hardrock staff and volunteers free entry
to the Wickham Park 200.
You could also take the Leadville approach and accept
500 runners with no qualifications. This really isn't
so bad, since most runners will be dropping out at
Arrastra Gulch when they realize they have to get
their feet wet...
-- Matt Mahoney, matmahoney@...
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