is mystified why modern ultra Bobs & Betties burn out after 3
years. Every new crop of young champions rise, burn brightly, then fall
out of the heavens back into darkness, as everyone stares at their
phones. Jason Koop has some sharp observations on this.
It boils down to race proliferation, #FOMO, social media, and sponsors wanting max exposure. If you look at Ann Trason’s peak career, or Tim Twietmeyer you’ll see they didn’t race all the time. Or maybe some races didn’t make it into the database.
have changed mightily in thirty years. What used to be low-rent is now
high dollar on both ends of the spectrum. We’ve gone from aluminum lawn
chairs and a stopwatch to blowup arches and timing chips.
the arc: hot young Bob or Betty wins a name ultra. They become a
social-media influencer. Winning is a stoke, kid you not. And they race.
And race. The season never stops.
exhaustion sets in. The runner in question begins to realize its hard
Cheating can occur in the following scenarios: Races with interior loops, staffed by volunteers, with little or no help, and irregular contact with other volunteers running HAM and finish line dutiesLong stretches were people can get rides without scrutinyOut & back sections with no monitoring, or proof of completionWhere trails parallel paved or graded roadsCheating has always been rumored, but the rise in timing chip/Garminesque GPS tech watches has closed the gap. Provided the registered entrant is wearing the watch etc. This will percolate downwards into the sport. Time-testing will undoubtedly accompany drug-testing in marquee races. Race directors don't get a pass on this. Huh? if they don't adequately monitor probl…
Congratulations! You've won the AC100 Lottery! Some of you haven't done more than a marathon. You'll do a Care Bear 50mi qualifier, perhaps on a downhill course, with trees and a tailwind, sunny and 72º F. You may show up for an official training run, then go home and crack a beer. You're in for a rude surprise: It won't mean shit to Angeles Crest. Because AC is everything your low-voltage qualifier is not. More on that here, and here.
The 2017 Angeles Crest 100 kicked off with 80 DNS. This was up from 60 of last year. No refunds, no waiting list, no explanations. That's a nice payday.
The 2018 Entrant Lottery promised and delivered. It was beta-tested in 2016, and deemed fit to run.
I'll Ask The Awkward Questions, Again.Nothing has changed. Following the 2014 entry-scrum, I posted the following ideas: All entrants must prequalify with 2 50s or 1 100, using the list of races that WS100 had already figured out. Right now it's "get a 50 done whenever&…