Lottery Process

Applications will be available sometime late October/early November. We'll accept applications any time thereafter up until Jan 31. The lottery will be the first weekend in February.

All runners must meet the qualifying standards defined on the entry requirements page.

Entrants with five or more Hardrock finishes ever will be automatically accepted (assuming they have met the qualifying criteria).

The male and female winners of the 2010 Hardrock Hundred will be automatically accepted.

The remaining entry slots up to 140 will be chosen in a weighted lottery. The number of "tickets" an applicant has in this lottery will be determined as follows:

  • All qualified applicants get one ticket.
  • Applicants with 1-4 Hardrock finishes ever will get one additional ticket for each finish.
  • Top-5 male and top-5 female finishers of the previous year's race get one additional ticket each (except the winners, who are already accepted).
  • Up to one additional ticket will be provided to any entrant from the past three years who did not start. This includes runners who were on the wait list or who withdrew from the wait list or accepted list for any reason.
  • No additional tickets will be provided to runners for DNFs.
  • Applicants who have performed special services for Hardrock may receive one or two additional tickets. We have generally set a high bar for awarding extra tickets (i.e., simply working an aid station or pacing another runner isn't enough), but those who worked at least two days of last July's Trail Work Weekend will get an additional ticket. If you think you have performed a special service, please list it on the application for selection board review.

After the 140 slots are filled, the drawing will be continued to produce an ordered waiting list of qualified applicants.

Confused? Sorry, but this is the fairest system we could come up with that rewards longtime supporters of Hardrock, while giving newcomers a fighting chance. This algorithm has been modified from the one used the previous five years to increase the chances of getting in for first time entrants and improve upon other bits of social engineering.