Even though I haven't yet done a year end or a 2012 goal post, you wouldn't have to be reading very often
but of course you read every day, right?
to know that my A goal for 2012 is to go for the 100.
yeah, as in miles run at one time.
on trails, in the mountains, through the day and through the night, without dying or falling off a cliff.
To achieve that I registered for the Massenutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run.
Like many true trail races, the MMT 100 has a limited field of runners. To allow runners a some what equal opportunity to run a very popular race MMT 100 uses a great lottery system as part of their registration. The next step of the system was on January 4th, the last day for "lottery winners" to submit payment and stay on the entrants list. On that day I went from a potential 158th to 75th.
That's right there are 74 people ahead of me on the wait list.
The race only allows 205 runners to be on the entrants list.
As mose of my readers are beyond the fourth grade and can do simple math, I'm sure you can see that I might have a long engagement with the wait list.
Fellow ultra friends who have run MTT 100 many times assure me that with the next two steps on April 16 the (last day to withdrawal with full refund) and May 1st (last day to withdrawal with partial refund) many entrants will drop out for a list of reasons.
The race scheduled for May 12 - 13.
As exciting as the possiblity of doing a 100 mile ultra is, it would kinda be nice to know before the day of the race that I am going to get in.
What is the shortest notice you have ever had that you made it into a race?
What do you think of race lottery systems? Level the play field or should it be first come first served?
for a complete explanation of MTT 100's lottery system click here