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. 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.
BUT, if you want to be a Hare and you want to run for 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, and that you will really read all the rules in the Runners Manual.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. That you, and your crew, will be courteous to everyone, including all Tortoises and volunteers. And especially Harvey.
7. That no matter how fast you run, you’re not eligible for any Tortoise awards.
8. 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.