Frequently Asked Questions About the 100
How do I register for the race?
What is the course like?
Well, it ain’t easy. It will have some gnarly, rocky sections, but most of it is pretty nice and runnable. For a better description see the Course Description page.
What about aid stations, and what are the cutoffs?
For our 100 mile run, for mileages, crew and pacer access, aid stations and cutoffs, see our little chart: 100Mile Aid Station, Mileage and Cutoffs (For the 50 mile run, look here: 50 Mile Aid Stations, Mileage and Cutoffs.) All major aid stations will be fully stocked with at least water, soft drinks, electrolyte replacement drink, sweet and salty objects, sliders, sandwiches and the full array of terrific Honey Stinger products. Most will have a whole lot more. We will try and have hot things at night. Carrots and green leafy vegetables will also be available. Tortoises and Hares live on that stuff, you know.
Yup, we’re going to have prize money. We think it’s time. We’re starting at $35,000. Depending on entries and sponsors, the cost of putting this darn thing on – and we promise a first class event, for everyone – and the charities we love, we hope to keep raising it. The “Bunny Money Meter” will let you all keep track.
Ninety percent or so of the prize money will go to the Hares, the rest to the Tortoises. Right now we’re looking at going five deep, men and women if you’re a Hare, but as the prize money goes up, we’re going to go deeper. For Tortoises, money to overall winners and maybe a few age group awards to start. We’ll start a chart with how we’ll distribute the money. See the Prize money page.
One has fur and silly ears, and the other has a shell and a serious forlorn look. One is pretty quick, and the other perseveres. Over 100 miles one may not be faster than the other. We’ll see. But you can be whatever you want to be.
BUT, if you want to be a Hare and you want to run for the ninety percent of the purse, by signing up you agree:
1. To run without a pacer. You’re on your own!
2. That your crew will only help you at and within the designated aid stations.
3. That you will not use hiking or trekking poles.
4. That you will strictly abide by the cutoffs, which will be much tougher than for the Tortoises, no matter what, and not raise a fuss if we tell you your race is over.
5. That if you really think you have a chance at winning some money, you won’t throw your name in the hat for any of our pre-race drawings, which will all be left to the Tortoises and the slower Hares.
6. That if you cut the course in some way, on purpose or by accident, or cheat in some way, or do something bad, like litter, or use headphones in the middle of town where you might get hit by a car, or otherwise violate any of our rules and the race committee determines you did it, that you’ll agree to forfeit whatever you might have won, and not raise a fuss about it.
7. That you, and your crew, will be courteous to everyone, including all Tortoises and volunteers. And especially Harvey.
8. That no matter how fast you run, you’re not eligible for any Tortoise awards or prize money.
9. That if you win money, you’ll stay for the awards ceremony, and maybe make a nice little speech. But you can brag to the whole world if you want.
Do you carry a big heavy shell on you all the time? Do you have trouble righting yourself if you fall on your back? Can you run the course in under 30 hours? We’re not sure, but if you’re asking this question, you’re probably a Tortoise. Most people are. And if you want know if you’re a Hare, click here.
Sure. As long as you agree to the rules. We’ll set a deadline at some point, probably like a week before the race. And remember: Hares run for Hare prize money, Tortoises for Tortoise prize money. No matter how fast you go.
Will there be a buckle for finishers?
Yes. All finishers will also receive a nice tee shirt, some form commemorative that we haven’t yet decided on, and just like in our 50 mile, we will have a great post race party.
Tortoises start at 8 am on Friday, September 12, 2014. Hares at noon. We will let male runners over 70 and female runners over 60 have another hour head start, so they can start at 7 am. Last finisher 8 pm on Saturday. Awards ceremony right then.
Tortoises deserve a head start and we want the Hares to finish in the daytime, or close to it. With a four hour head start, and with the few out and backs the course has, Tortoises will be able to see the Hares race and we think – at least for some of you – that that will be fun. Plus we’d like to have everyone finish as close together as possible and enjoy the party together.
Why are you guys doing this?
Well, we could tell you that we’re doing it because we love the sport and love the community of Steamboat and that would be true. But we’re also doing it for the same reason you’re entering this race. We’ve got a couple of screws loose.