1st Place Male $10000
2nd Place Male $2500
3rd Place Male $1500
4th Place Male $1000
5th Place Male $750
Masters Premium (over 40) $1000 (minimum 4 starters)
1st Place Female $10000
2nd Place Female $2500
3rd Place Female $1500
4th Place Female $1000
5th Place Female $750
For male and female, five deep requires 15 starters each.
Masters Premium (over 40) $1000 (minimum 4 starters)
1st Place Male $250
2nd Place Male $150
3rd Place Male $100
1st Place M/over 40 $100
1st Place M/over 50 $100
Fastest Flatlander /M $75
1st Place Female $250
2nd Place Female $150
3rd Place Female $100
1st Place F/over 40 $100
1st Place F/over 50 $100
Fastest Flatlander /F $75
Only one award per runner (Tortoises).
All women over 50 and men over 60 = sub 36 hours: free entry into 2014 race.
Predict TopMale/Female Hare and TopMale/Female 50 Miler - $500.
1. You must correctly predict all 4 winners – 100 Male and Female Hares, 50 Mile Male and Female!
2. Only 100 milers are eligible (one entry per runner). AND you must complete your 100 mile race within your time limit!
3. Entries must be submitted by email, no later than midnight Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Just list events and the names (i.e., 100 mile Male Hare – Donnie Darko)
While we will do our best to keep the ultrasignup list as current as possible with last minute entries and withdrawals, hey – no promises! It’s all part of the fun! Harvey’s handicapping hints below will help get you started.
Harvey Handicaps the 2013 Hares
1. Jeff Browning, 42, Oregon. - Ageless master shows no sign of slowing; won last year’s Wasatch 100 in sparkling time and said to be targeting this. Excels at the distance and at tougher courses. The pick.
2. Timothy Olson, 30, Oregon – Two-time defending champ, course record holder at Western States 100, arguably the best 100 mile runner in the world; disappointed here somewhat with third place finish last year; going with top selection as it appears course may be better suited for him and wondering if busy summer schedule including UTMB might hurt chances. Still obviously rates a huge chance here.
3. Jason Schlarb, 35, Montana - Former USATF 50 mile National Champ DNFed here last year at inaugural try at 100 then rebounded with second to last year’s winner at Grindstone 100; spectacular recent SJS50 but ran into a buzzsaw to place second, then another terrific effort at Speedgoat 50K; another said to be targeting this and looks to be improving and peaking at the right time. Huge player here if 100 miles is his game.
4. Paul Terranova, 39, Tx.- Runner has thrown in some quick hundreds and knows the game well; good recent effort at Western States 100 sets him up well for this; dangerous if fit and would be no surprise.
5. Karl Meltzer, 45, Utah - Recent subpar efforts suggest defending champ may not be at his best for this but hard to pick against runner whose 35 wins likely exceeds rest of the field combined. Proved me wrong last year and ran decently at Western States 100 despite injury hampering training and on a course that doesn’t suit. Not arguing with those who say experience counts for something and that tough course will suit style. Still, siding with others.
6. Joe Grant, 30, Co. – Has had a bit of a rough year so far, leading at Hardrock until the wheels came off; still he’s quick as a cat and tough as a goat and difficult course should suit – question is whether he’s ready or just been hiding in the weeds. Absolute contender for top spot if he is.
7. Dave Mackey, 43, Co. – Legendary MackMan hasn’t lost a step and is still quick as they come but recent Western States suggests shorter distances may suit him better. Won’t argue with those who think this might be his day. Contender for the whole shebang.
8. Miguel Lara, 23, Mexico – one of the two Tarahumaras entered in the 100 and guessing he’s the better, since he’s considered the best ultra runner in that country just south of the border; entered here last year at inaugural try at 100 but things did not turn out so good, pulling the parachute early with an injury. Sure he whupped former NYC Marathon winner German Silva at 50 miles and suspect he’s coming back looking to make amends and hungry for bear but just not sure 100 mile Distance of Truth suits his style. Understand those who think he’s the winner – he just might be.
9. Isidro Quinitero, 29, Mexico – know nothing about the other Tarahumara but rumors are he’s every bit as good as Miguel Lara and that might be very good indeed. Total guess as to how he might run – suspect quite well if he handles the distance.
10. Jesse Haynes, 40, Cal. – 5th last year here in our 50, 7th in Western States; runner rates big chance here and tempted to rate him higher.
11. Jason Loutitt, 39, Canada – Canadian runner is quick as they come at the 100 and insures a blistering early pace. May help set it up for the patient ones, but dangerous if allowed to dictate.
12. John Anderson, 35, Co. – Been on the shelf lately but past efforts say he certainly fits here; no shock if he grabs a piece of the purse but would be a mild upset.
13. Jordan Whitlock, 25, Va.- Young east coast runner takes on the Big Boys. Giving him a shot though altitude and mountains will prove a challenge.
14. Joshua Arthur, 26, Co. – Confident young runner has certainly done all that’s been asked of him but waters run deeper here in this tough 100 mile field; not saying he can’t surprise and just might, but still, think he needs some seasoning before successfully tackles this level of competition. Will need to see one before I believe.
15. Dave James, 36, N.Y. – Gotta admire last year’s 7th place finisher pedal-to-the-metal running style but wonder if like last year style doesn’t set it up for the patient ones, and recent efforts suggest the thrill may be gone. Shirtless style hurts chances with weather forecast looking cool.
1. Leonie van den Haak, 32, Netherlands - That Dutch runner was second to world best (and last year winner) Lizzy Hawker at prestigious 153 mile Spartathlon says she’s world class, and anyway we think they’re better at the other side of the pond at this game; only question is flatlander is untested at altitude and the mountains, still suspect she’s good enough. The pick.
2. Pam Smith, 38, Oregon – Winner of our junior circuit 50 miler last year surprised everyone but us by wheeling back to facile win at this year’s Western States 100; versatile runner is razor sharp right now and poised to take this. Tossup selection with top pick.
3. Nikki Kimball, 42, Montana – Arguably best American distaff ultra runner not named Ann Trason in the history of the sport; multiple time Ultra Runner of The Year, multiple 100 mile winner and course record holder and has won everything in the world there is to win – except this; DNFed here last year with injury but recent second at Western States 100 shows she’s healthy; reluctant third pick but would be no surprise if she runs away with it.
4. Darcy Africa, 38, Co. – Multiple winner of most major 100 mile races, including Big Horn, Bear, Wasatch and last two Hardrocks; rarely runs a bad 100 and is always in the mix; runner seems at the top of her game after recent layoff and poised for a big one; 100 miles is her game and rates a big chance here.
5. Becky Wheeler, 39, Wyo. – 2011 Wasatch 100 winner rarely throws in a bad one and has thrown down plenty of very good ones; likes the distance and suspect tough mountain course will suit. Good effort at Speedgoat sets her up nicely for this. The pick if top selections falter.
6. Rhonda Claridge, 46, Co - Hard not to pick last year’s runner up to winner who is reputedly on the shelf with an injury; versatile master’s runner usually flies beneath the radar but rarely throws in a bad one and its been years since she’s been off the podium; knows the course and mountains and elevation clearly fit; tougher field this year but still like her chances.
7. Cassie Scallon, 31, Co. – Winner Sonoma 50, winner JFK 50, many people’s Wise Guy pick at Western States but then she didn’t fire at that venue; still probably the quickest of the quick ones and likely to set the pace; huge threat here and major player if she handles the distance.
8. Michele Yates, 31, Co. - National Trail Champion at 50 miles and 100k and world class mountain runner struggled here last year but she’s a world improved since then; know nothing about her Indiana 100 mile win but 17 hours is smoking on any course – shows she’s got wheels to go with her climbing skills. Sure, she’s never beaten a field anywhere near this tough but still have a nagging funny feeling ….
9. Jennifer Benna, 34, Nevada – Nevada speedster has been going good lately and has excelled at this distance before, winning Tahoe Rim and recent Zion 100; everything points to a big, big effort. No question she can take it all if she runs her race; giving her a big chance here.
10. Jennie Pierce, 30, Montana – Dark horse selection here last year but injury resulted in DNF, still, believe runner can rebound and that 100 miler may be her game. Dark horse pick again if healthy.
11. Petra McDowell, 41, N.M. – Runner was on the shelf for a while but has returned with a vengeance, winning everything in sight; tempted to rate her higher but been a while since she’s tackled the Distance of Truth; no question fits in this very contentious field and doesn’t hurt she lives at altitude in Science City. One of the ones.
12. Leila Degrave, 35, Co. – Third here last year, ninth at Western, somewhat unheralded Colorado runner is quietly establishing herself as among the best, and rarely turns in a bad one. Suspect she’s been quietly peaking for this. Another we have a sneaky feeling about in this very contentious field.
13. Candice Burt, 31, Wa. – Second Tahoe Rim 100, third Hurt 100 and said to be tough as nails. Certainly one of the ones if course and altitude suit.
14. Salynda Fleury, 28, Co. – Past winner of Peak’s Peak ran gutsy 4th here last year in inaugural try at ultra distance, jumping from the marathon to the 100, no less; no question she figures to improve if focussing on the 100 mile distance. Dark horse selection to run much, much better and give experienced 100 milers a run for their money.
15. Sally McRae, 34, Ca. – Know little about California runner but good effort at recent Sonoma 50 against a very tough field suggests runner may be coming into her own. Might surprise.
Harvey Handicaps the Fifties
1. Dane Mitchell, 36, Co. – Boulder runner nearly unbeatable when on his game but he’s no lock here. Giving him the nod in a very contentious field.
2. Ryan Ghelfi, 25, Oregon – Another Oregonian here to challenge the mountain runners; quick and win would be no surprise.
3. Arnulfo Quimare, 34, Mex. – Tarahumara hero of certain book that sold millions struggled in inaugural try at 100 miles here but turns back to preferred distance; curious as to how Mexican runner will do against American runners – our guess is quite well. Expecting a big effort.
4. Horatio Estrada, 29, Mex. – Know nothing about the other Tarahumara running here but doubt he’s braving the border to have an afternoon jog. Suspect he’s very, very good …
5. Michael Barlow, 28, Co - Another quick young runner looking to break into the Big Time. Recent good effort at Speedgoat sets him up for this.
6 Lewis Price, 22, Co.- Another young runner with potential to make a big breakthrough. Another contender for top spot.
7. Bill Goldsmith, 40, Co.- Rooting for local runner who knows course and is targeting this. Could be his year.
8. Charles Corfield, 55, Co. – Two time top ten finisher and fifty-five year old phenom still running lights out – witness recent Leadville effort. Win not out of reach but will need to run his best.
9. Lucas Crespin, 29. Co. – Improving runner seems to prefer shorter but figures to learn the 50 mile game. Another of many with a shot at the top.
10. Andrew Pope, 26, Wyo. – Know little about this runner but past performances suggest he fits. One of many with legitimate chance to take home all the marbles.
1. Kerrie Bruxvoort, 33, Co. – Second here last year and they’ll be gunning for her, but suspect she’s best in this field.
2. Jaclyn Greenhill, 36, Co. Colorado runner has been here before, finishing third in brutal 2011 edition. At times inconsistent but returns to preferred distance.
3. Alison Frazier, 34, Minn. – Minnesota runner has done little wrong that we can see but no idea how she’ll handle this kind of course. Certainly one to watch.
4. Mary Mahoney, 37. Co. – Two time Run Rabbit Run top ten finisher threat on this course. Not without a chance.
5. Martine Hofstedter, 48, Netherlands - Know little about her but 5th at Chiemgauer fits nicely here. Dark horse pick to take the win.
6. Britt Dick, 27, Co. – 50 K runner should have no trouble with the added distance. Has a chance to pull the upset.
7. Meredith Terranova, 38, Tx. – Experienced Texas runner looking to make the Terranova double.
8. Jean Herbert, 55, N.M. – New Mexico runner has run some sparklers and returns to better suited distance. Contender for podium if on her game.