The bunny money meter is up to $60,000!
$12,500 guaranteed for the 100 mile winners! We’re looking to go higher. Much higher. We offer the highest purse of any trail ultra marathon in the world!
- 1st Place Male — $12,500
- 2nd Place Male — $7,500
- 3rd Place Male — $5,000
- 4th Place Male — $3,500
- 5th Place Male — $1,500
- 6th Place Male - $1,000
- 7th Place Male - $500
- 1st Place Female — $12,500 and
Tortoise and Hare Jewelry
- 2nd Place Female — $7,500
- 3rd Place Female — $5,000
- 4th Place Female — $3,500
- 5th Place Female — $1,500
- 6th Place Female - $1,000
- 7th Place Female - $500
- Masters Premium (over 40) — $1,000
(minimum 4 starters)
- Seniors Premium (over 50) -$500 (minimum 4 starters)
- Tortoises (Only one award per runner)
- 1st Place Male — $250
- 2nd Place Male — $150
- 3rd Place Male — $100
- 1st Place Male over 40 — $100
- 1st Place Male over 50 — $100
- Fastest Flatlander Male — $75
- 1st Place Female — $250 and
Tortoise and Hare Jewelry
- 2nd Place Female — $150
- 3rd Place Female — $100
- 1st Place Female over 40 — $100
- 1st Place Female over 50 — $100
- Fastest Flatlander Female — $75
For male and female, seven deep requires 30 starters each.
All women over 50 and men over 60 who run sub 36 hours will win free entry into the 2017 race.
US Government – Federal Income Tax Withholding on Prize Money
- To avoid 30% withholding on your prize money, U.S. and Resident Foreign Athletes must provide
a Form W‐9 with valid social security number. A Form 1099 will be issued at year end to all
athletes receiving compensation of $600 or more in a given year.
All athletes who are citizens of foreign countries, also known as non‐resident athletes (NRAs)
will be subject to 30% withholding of the total prize money as required by the IRS. This amount
will be credited toward any US taxes owed at year end.
- If a NRA is interested in trying to lower the withholding rate, they may apply for a Central
Withholding Agreement at least 45 days prior to event.
- For more information please visit the IRS’s web‐site at
Predict the Top Male & Female Hare and Top Male & Female 50 Miler and win $500!
- You must correctly predict all 4 winners – 100 Male and Female Hares, 50 Mile Male and Female!
- All 50 and 100 milers are eligible (one entry per runner). AND you must complete your race within your time limit!
- Entries must be submitted by email, no later than midnight Tuesday, September 13, 2016. 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 2016 Hares (Check back as we update the field.)
- Jeff Browning, 45, Oregon - Third in Western States; two weeks later 4th at Hardrock, now rested and he’s running the best of his life, so what’s not to like? Has done well here before and over his career has faced the world’s best. Tough course specialist is peaking at the right time; the pick to win and take masters to boot in a highly contentious field.
- Sage Canaday, 30, CO. – World class mountain runner but aura of invincibility at shorter distances dimmed as so far has struggled at Distance of Truth; was not helped by “no lead, no pass” pace scenario at Western where he chased a buzz saw, only to tire as race’s favorite. Dangerous if allowed to dictate pace but believe others will press him early and anyway they’ll be coming at him in waves. Still, can’t blame those who think he’ll run away with it.
- Alex Nichols, 30, CO. - Speedball at shorter distances stretches out to Distance of Truth but he’s improving and been racing against the best; Pikes Peak Marathon winner and multiple podium finisher at Speedgoat, so we know he can climb and altitude won’t be a problem. Looking for a breakthrough run and expect this to be it.
- Dustin Simeons, 28, CO.- Loved his San Juan Solstice 50 effort, as it was miles faster than he’s run it before; was 7th here last year but has improved since then; another improving and lightly raced runner looking for a breakthrough race; in the hunt for all the marbles.
- Bob Shebest, 43, California – Top Left Coast runner was 2nd here last year and thus an obvious contender; put a line through recent Western States as runner was not fully fit; seems to be the exception to the rule that California runners struggle here and he’s coming into this at the top of his game. A threat to win it all.
- Marco Sturm, 35, Germany – Top European runner was surprising 5th here last year after troubled trip, taking in a few extra miles of scenery; been training the summer in Colorado mountains prepping for this and said to be fitter than last year; European runners just seem better at this game than Americans and runner is another top contender for the win.
- Jesse Haynes, 43, California – Top ten finish at Western States and then topped it off with recent win at Tahoe Rim 100; runner has been here before with a decent 6th but appears to be going better now; hard to separate top contenders and he’s another with a real shot.
- Dan Meztger, 22, California – Just 22 but kid has plenty of talent, with a solid 5th at Lake Sonoma running with some of the best; yeah, he’s trying the 100 for the first time against a world class field and likely to get schooled when hitting the Black Hole at mile 70 but then again you never know - that’s why we make ‘em line up and run. Another that adds to the early pace mix but may hang on.
- Mark Hammond, 31, Utah– first in Bryce 100, first in Squaw Peak 50, first in Chimera, always on the podium, Utah runner has been running lights out since 8th here two years ago and just looks like he’s way, way better now. At the top of his game and another with a real chance to win. Upset pick to win it all.
- Josh Arthur, 29, CO. - Runner has done well here, with a 4th and a 2nd on his resume but DNFed here last year and recent races have been just okay; smart runner who’s flown beneath the radar may be hiding in the weeds and sitting on a big one. Don’t discount chances.
- Nate Jaqua, 34, Oregon - Former pro Seattle Sounder soccer star has taken to ultras with a bang, winning Pine to Palm 100 and then a facile win in San Diego 100; sure, waters run deeper here and maybe he’s better kicking a ball but - who knows? - he could be of any sort at this sport. Chance for a big piece of the pie.
- Tommy Rivers Puzey, 32, Arizona.- Wise guy pick by some is said to be training lights out focused on this, his first try at the 100 and we rarely like that, but have the feeling he'll take to it; terrific effort at recent Trans Rockies; tough as nails and we know his brother can run so maybe it's in his blood; mixed signals on this guy but have a sneaky, funny feeling …
- George Gryger, 34, Utah – Wasatch 100 specialist came here off win at that venue two years ago, then DNFed here last year and seems to have been quiet since, which we take as a good thing. Was good second to top selection at 2012 Wasatch and expect him to run back to that effort which puts him right in the hunt. May surprise.
- Christopher Schurk, 35, CO. – That last year’s Wasatch 100 winner is picked 15th here speaks to the depth of this field, but things just get tougher here; prepped with fine 2nd at Never Summer 100K; last year’s 3rd behind 2016 RRR winner, course-record holder and world-best Jason Schlarb at Telluride Mountain Run may be good enough for him to contend but suspect he’ll need race of his life for spot on the podium.
- Nico Barraza, 26, Arizona - Kid has won his last three races and now stretches out to the Distance of Truth; unsure how he'll handle distance but fits here if he can. Outside threat.
- Amanda Basham, Colorado, 26 – Pedal-to-metal style did not turn out so good last year as runner DNFed at inaugural try at the 100 distance but showed new dimension at Western States, where she ran reserved early to finish up an impressive 4th. Young, improving and talented, and maybe the sport’s next distaff superstar; third run at the distance and we like that; the pick in a terrific field where any one of a dozen have a chance to win.
- Nikki Kimball, 45, Montana – America’s top distaff 100 miler in history not named Ann Trason looks to make amends for last year’s DNF and has focused on this; yeah, she’s maybe lost a step or two but she’s won here before and knows course well and, heck, wiliness and toughness count for much at Distance of Truth and isn’t that Nikki? Race has always set up for patient experienced runners, and that’s her thing. Fit and ready to be rolling late; would be no surprise if she wins again.
- Nicole Kalogeropoulos (ne’ Studer), 34, Texas – American trail record holder at 100 miles but we’re not in Texas and this isn’t Rocky Raccoon; still 14:20 is jaw-droppingly fast on any venue and suspect she’ll be winging it early. She’s been training in the mountains and has raced well in them before, including decent Leadville and a 6th at Western States. At her prime, seems to be peaking, and looking to make up for recent Western States bust; huge threat to win if she can handle altitude and tough course. Catch me if you can.
- Alissa St. Laurent, 32, Canada – Canadian star had been quietly winning everything in sight, including smashing Cascade Crest course record by over an hour, then ran 5th at Western States, a mere ten minutes behind top selection and finishing with energy; she’s only getting better but Left Coast runners have often struggled here. Still, one of the ones in a very deep field.
- Kerrie Bruxvoort, 40, Colorado – Second here two years ago and third last year so rates obvious chance for the win and knows course well; one of country’s top ultra runners and patient style suits in a field where many will want the lead. Hampered by recent injury which may hurt chances, on the other hand she may be fresh. That two time podium finisher is selected 5th says much about the depth of this field. Huge shot here if fitness not an issue.
- Cat Bradley, 22, Colorado – Just 22 but already has a 2nd at Bear and a 5th at Speedgoat on her resume and that is just in the past year; faces deeper field here but unlike many youngsters is proven at the distance and only figures to get better; dark horse upset selection.
- Becky Wheeler, 41, Montana – 100 mile specialist was 4th here three years back; former Wasatch winner excels at tougher courses and recent races shows she’s again in good form after a more or less off year. Another masters threat and a threat to win the whole shebang as well.
- Denise Bourassa, 46, Oregon – Multiple time top 10 Western States finisher seems to be back in form, with recent win at HURT 100 adding to already stellar resume; Oregon runners have run well here and she’s run well on tougher courses; another threat for a place on the podium.
- Amanda Morgenstern, 28, Colorado – Another speedy runner picking this for her 100 mile debut; was second here last year in the 50 and recent Pike’s Peak 50 win was terrific. Lightly raced but getting better with each race and suspect she’s focused on this. Stepping way up in class but a contender. Another who may surprise.
- Becky Kirshenmann, 43, Colorado – Fifth here last year; two time Pine to Palm 100 winner is 100 mile specialist and was one of the Northwest’s best ultra runners before recent move to Colorado; modest effort at recent Western States means she’s fresh and likely hungry for redemption. Pine to Palm 100 win two years ago (second overall) puts her right here in the mix. Has a definite chance.
- Rachel Kelly, 36, North Carolina – Mid-Atlantic’s top runner struggled here last year with her first DNF and then went home and back to her winning ways, triumphing in her last two races. Sure, faces much tougher here and altitude will again be a challenge, but love she’s getting right back on the horse. Expect her to run much, much better and surprise many; big chance for a piece of the pie.
- Rachel Ragona, 33, California – Recent Leona Divide 50 winner has run some quick ones, including multiple wins at various West Coast 100s but waters run deeper here and California runners have struggled on this venue before. Might be better at shorter distances but her best puts her in contention. Threat for a share of the purse.
- Courtney Dauwalter, 31, Colorado - Love her second at tough San Juan Solstice 50 that followed 5 straight first or second place finishes, suggesting she’s coming here in sharp form, and she was 9th here last year, so you know she can handle the course. Would need to step up her game to contend but another who seems to be improving at the right time. Another that may surprise.
- Mary Mahoney, 40, Colorado – Last year’s 50 mile winner makes a big leap in class but, hey, don’t downgrade chances, as she’s run some good ones before, including a 4th here as a Tortoise that would put her right there for some of the simolies. Familiarity with course a big plus. Don’t discount.
Harvey Handicaps the Fifties
- Timmy Parr, 34, CO. – World class runner is defending champ and has been running lights out these past summers against some of the best, with a race nearly every week, but wonder if he ever gets tired. Appears to be the class of the field if legs still fresh.
- Cody Draper, 36, Utah – High class runner figures to give top selection a run for his money if on his game; second pick if top selection falters.
- Zack Strong, 33, Montana - They're tough up there in grizzly country; has run some good ones and should be right there in the mix for a podium finish.
- Jason Ostrom 40, CO. - Runner has had mixed results here, but finished 13th in last year's 100 mile Hare edition; drops down in distance and should be the hunt if on his game.
- Patrick McIlroy, 17, Canada - Youngster has one sparkling win in Tennessee in only try at the ultras; appears to be fast and will be hustling to watch his mom finish the 100. Huge upside here. Dark horse upset selection.
- Taryn Olmstead, 30, Georgia - Top East Coast runner cuts back from scheduled 100 mile Hare as she's coming off an injury; been years since she's been off the podium and gets the reluctant nod though she's no lock here.
- Lindsey Swan, 31, Montana - Third here last year, improving, and as we said they grow them tough in grizzly country; past winner of Le Griz earns second selection in a very contentious field.
- Vicki Gascho, 45, CO. - Winner of Bear Chase 100K takes on tougher course; no reason she can't win here. Third pick.
- Lara Schick, 32, Wyoming - Back-to-back podium finishes put her right in the mix. Like her chances here.
- Natalie Kruit, 26, New Mexico - Have to believe young runner is only getting better and has run some good efforts. Would be no surprise.
- Candy Granger, 44, CO. - Local Steamboat runner has run some good ones including top 10 at Bighorn 50 miler. Knows course well and suspect she's focussed on running well before home town fans. Upset pick to win.