The bunny money meter is up to $65,000!
$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 5, 2017. 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 2017 Hares (Check back as we update the field.)
- Alex Nichols, 31, Colorado - Fast closing second in Western States and defending champ looks primed for repeat of breakthrough performance; no lock here but still the pick to win in a highly contentious field.
- Mark Hammond, 32, Utah. – Third at Western States and second here last year right behind top selection; looks to turn tables on that one.
- Dan Metzger, 23, Colorado - Speedball at shorter distances was 8th here last year at inaugural try at Distance of Truth but youngster figures to improve. Looking for a breakthrough run and expect this to be it.
- Jim Rebenack, 33, Colorado- Loved his Quadrock 50 effort, but was a bust here last year and still has not shown 100 miles is his distance but as good as they come at shorter. Suspect last year was schooling effort and another who should have a breakthrough run. Would be no surprise.
- Mark Austin, 34, Idaho - Was 4th here last year so we know course suits; recent efforts at shorter distance suggest he's peaking for this. Another in the hunt for all the marbles.
- Bob Shebest, 44, California – Top Left Coast runner was 2nd here two years ago but was a bust here last year; obvious contender and good win at Tahoe Rim 50 means he's coming here in good form; 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, 36, Germany – Top European runner was surprising 5th here two years ago after troubled trip, taking in a few extra miles of scenery but then was a bust here last year; been training in Colorado mountains prepping for this and while we know nothing about the Mozart 100K, running 9 some odd hours in the Austrian Alps has got to be smoking; European runners just seem better at this game and runner is another contender for the win.
- Karl Meltzer, 49, Utah - Winningest 100 miler in history and winner of our inaugural 100 still has a snap in his step as evidenced by Zane Grey 50 effort; toss recent Hardrock as he came up injured; sure he's 49 but no one knows the distance better than he and this is a thinking man's race; definite Masters and podium threat and sentimental favorite to win it all.
- Jesse Haynes, 44, California – Top ten finish at Western States and runner has been here before with decent effort but appears to be going better now with several good preps; hard to separate top contenders and he’s another with a real shot.
- Gabe Joyes, 31, Wyoming - Fourth in recent Hardrock after troubled trip and 3rd in Quadrock 50 means altitude and tough course present no problem; runner is improving and we have a sneaky funny feeling. Dark horse pick to win it all.
- Cody Reed, 26, Arizona - Runner certainly has lots of wins on resume, and recent Way To Cool 50K win impressive, but faces a tough task with first stretch out to the distance on tougher course. Still, young and improving and could be any kind.
- Darren Thomas, 23, Colorado - Local Steamboat runner knows course and has talent to boot; just 23 with plenty room to improve but steps up in class from recent efforts; another that gives me a sneaky funny feeling. Just may upset.
- Emma Roca, 43, Spain – Champ here two years ago and doubt she's flying over here for frequent flier miles; one of the world's best and recent efforts suggest Masters runner hasn't lost a step. Can't fault those who pick her as she's an obvious contender for all the marbles. The pick to win.
- Courtney Dauwalter, 32, Colorado - Defending champ surprised here last year but won't catch anyone sleeping this time; recent 147 miles in 24 hours in Arizona a remarkable achievement for sport's newest superstar but pedal to metal style may hurt as she won't get away alone early. Still may be the one to beat.
- Kerrie Bruxvoort, 41, Colorado - Two podium finishes in past three years and coming off injury last year in sub par performance but is healthy now; one of country’s top ultra runners and top Master as well; patient style suits in a field where many will want the lead; she's run second and third here and recent San Juan Solstice 50 facile win suggests she may be ready to fill out the missing podium slot. No surprise if she wins.
- Sabrina Stanley, 27, Colorado–Local Steamboat runner came out of the clouds to run terrific third at Western States 100 in breakthrough run; sure she's a local runner who knows course well but she's running against three former winners plus others who've run well here before; one of the ones in a very deep field. Expect a great performance.
- Michele Yates, 35, Colorado - Former Ultra Runner of the Year, 2013 winner, and course record holder is coming off a spate of serious injuries but is said to be going well now; serious contender if she runs back to prior form and would be heartwarming come-back story of the year. Will be rooting for her.
- Luciana Moretti, 39, Uruguay- Sixth in UTMB two years ago and then recent win in Canadian Fat Dog 50 puts well-traveled South American runner right in the mix here. Dangerous if can handle altitude.
- Becky Kirschenmann, 44, Colorado – 100 mile specialist was 4th here last year and 5th the year before so rates obvious chance; quiet year so far suggests she's focussing on this; two time Pine to Palm 100 winner before move to Colorado is another Masters threat and a threat to win the whole shebang as well.
- Denise Bourassa, 47, Oregon – Multiple time top 10 Western States finisher seems to be back in form, with a fifth here last year adding to already stellar resume; Oregon runners have run well here and she’s run well on tougher courses; another Masters threat for a place on the podium.
- Karen Holland, 30, Canada - Was 4th here couple years ago so you know she has a shot; recent podium efforts at shorter show she's fit and ready to go; tough field but another of many that have a legitimate chance for the win. Contender.
- Maggie Guterl, 36, Pennsylvania – Top east coast runner ran just so-so at Western States but last year's 14:47 hours in Brazos Bend 100 is smoking on any course; suspect she'll run better here but will need to step up game to contend. Still, another who may surprise.
- Sonja Wiek, 37, California - Runner was 2nd in the 50 a number of year's ago but then disappeared from the ultra scene; have suspicion she's going to run well here.
- Dani Filipek, 25, Michigan - Top midwest runner is new to the ultra game and is USATF 50 Mile National Trail Champ, but she faces a whole different universe of runner here and this is her first shot at Distance of Truth. Big step up in class and she's in much deeper water here but she's just 25 and you never know - isn't that why we make them line up and run the durn thing?
Harvey Handicaps the Fifties
- Dillon Gotshall, 34, CO. – Local Steamboat was second here last year to world class runner; looking for the win here and expecting him to get it. May be tough to beat. The pick.
- Lars Kjerengtroen, 38, Utah - Top Utah runner is last minute entrant but recent Speedgoat effort puts him right here as does his numerous prior wins. Hard to fault those who pick him to win all the marbles.
- Travis Wadeson, 37, CO. – Consistent top 5 finisher and experienced runner should have shot at the podium.
- Dave Kinney, 33, CO. - Recent 3rd at Pike's Peak 50 K appears only try at ultra distance but puts him right in the hunt here. Huge upside; could be any sort.
- Eli Dickerson, 37, Georgia - Top east coast runner steps up in class and stretches out in distance; definite chance if handles altitude and tough course.
- Allen Belshaw, 50, CO. - Local Steamboat runner has had lots of experience on course and at race; sentimental pick here if runs the race of his life but not without a chance as field this year has come up soft.
- Francesca Conte, 45, Virginia - Masters runner and top East Coast runner hasn't been off podium in years; altitude may be a challenge but looks ready to roll and the pick to take the win.
- Shelby Johnson, 31, CO. - Perennial podium finisher and recent winner of Pikes Peak 50K should have no trouble with course, altitude or distance. The pick to battle top selection for the win.
- Brook McClanahan, 41, Georgia - East Coast runner runs well at longer and like that she's shortening up in distance; hasn't been off the podium this year and recent 100 miles in 24 hours means she's fit. Like her chances here.
- Christine Tokarz, 40, CO. - Third in last year's Bear Chase takes on tougher course and is another perennial podium finisher; no reason she can't win here. Fourth pick.
- Candy Granger, 45, 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.
- Kelly Brown, 26, CO. - Have a funny feeling about young runner who's never gone this distance; pattern of two half marathons show she's peaking for this. Should be in the mix.