Congrats! You Won The AC100 Lottery!

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:
  1. 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" before race day, like it was in 1986.
  2. There would be a functioning waiting list to mop up the 25-40 DNS I'd noticed over the last 2-3 years.
  3. Move the sign up date to at least 30 days after close of race. Right now it's THE DAY AFTER. Which means that every pacer, weenie n wannabe at the finish line will be jacking off to do it. Even WS100 waits 5 months before the entry-draw.
A good friend pointed out to me that THIS IS THE BUSINESS MODEL. 

WS100 got a waiting list in 2016, but the idea hasn't survived the arduous trip over the San Gabriel Mts.

In The Meantime…
Ken told the assembled 2017 Pre-Race Multitudes that Jakob Herrmann is the Designated Successor, when Ken's ready to go. Don't get too excited here. Ken will never be ready to go. In 2014 Jean Ho was the Presumptive Anointee. Until she got canned along with Lambert Timmermans. I'd say it's a fair bet that there will be other Robert Mugabe moves to be seen.

Which begs The Big Question: What happens to the race when Ken dies? It might look like this,
I suggested to a friend:

to answer your earlier Q about the fate of AC100: this year its Kenny n Jakob. After that its anyone's guess. When Kenny codes out, chances are he hasn't assigned an heir to the race. Therefore its probably a probate issue. I'd bet that his kids will try to sell the race to the highest bidder.
 And that's how probate works, kids. Here's a version of the WS100 qualifier races. See if your Care-Bare 50 is on it.

PROPOSED 2017 AC100 List Of Qualifying Races
Race Name
Distance
State/Country
Region
Month
Time
Km to Miles
Antelope Island Buffalo Run
50m
Utah
West
Mar
11 Hour
50
Avalon Benefit 50
50m
California
PAC
Jan
11 Hour
50
Bel Monte
50m
Virginia
South
Mar
11 Hour
50
Berryman Trail
50m
Missouri
Mid-W
May
11 Hour
50
Bighorn
50m
Wyoming
Mid-W
Jun
11 Hour
50
Bishop High Sierra
50m
California
PAC
May
11 Hour
50
Bull Run Run
50m
Virginia
South
Apr
11 Hour
50
Cactus Rose
50m
Texas
West
Oct
11 Hour
50
Capitol Peak
50m
Washington
PAC
Apr
11 Hour
50
Collegiate Peaks
50m
Colorado
West
Apr
11 Hour
50
Croom Trail
50m
Florida
South
Apr
11 Hour
50
Dick Collins Firetrails
50m
California
PAC
Oct
11 Hour
50
Glacial Trail
50m
Wisconsin
Mid-W
Oct
11 Hour
50
Haliburton Forest Trail Race
50m
Canada
Intl
Sep
11 Hour
50
Headlands Fifty
50m
California
PAC
Sep
11 Hour
50
Hell's Hill
50m
Texas
West
Apr
11 Hour
50
Ice Age Trail
50m
Wisconsin
Mid-W
May
11 Hour
50
Iron Legs
50m
Canada
Intl
Aug
11 Hour
50
Jemez Mountain
50m
New Mexico
West
May
11 Hour
50
Kristins Runde / Oslo 50 Miles Trail Run
50m
Norway
Intl
Jan
11 Hour
50
Lake Sonoma
50m
California
PAC
Apr
11 Hour
50
Land Between the Lakes 50
50m
Kentucky
Mid-W
Mar
11 Hour
50
Le Grizz
50m
Montana
West
Oct
11 Hour
50
Lean Horse
50m
South Dakota
Mid-W
Aug
11 Hour
50
Leona Divide
50m
California
PAC
Apr
11 Hour
50
Lookout Mountain
50m
Tennessee
South
Dec
11 Hour
50
Minnesota Voyageur
50m
Minnesota
Mid-W
Jul
11 Hour
50
Mississippi 50 Trail Run
50m
Mississippi
South
Mar
11 Hour
50
Mohican
50m
Ohio
Mid-W
Jun
11 Hour
50
Mountain Masochist Trail Run
50m
Virginia
South
Nov
11 Hour
50
Mt Hood PCT
50m
Oregon
PAC
Jul
11 Hour
50
North Country, The
50m
Michigan
Mid-W
Aug
11 Hour
50
North Downs Way
50m
England
Intl
Aug
11 Hour
50
North Face EC - Atlanta
50m
Georgia
South
Oct
11 Hour
50
North Face EC - Bear Mountain
50m
New York
Mid-A
May
11 Hour
50
North Face EC - Madison
50m
Wisconsin
Mid-W
Sep
11 Hour
50
North Face EC - San Francisco
50m
California
PAC
Dec
10:15 Hour ***
50
Old Goats
50m
California
PAC
Mar
11 Hour
50
Old Pueblo
50m
Arizona
West
Mar
11 Hour
50
Ouachita Trail
50m
Arkansas
South
Apr
11 Hour
50
Palo Duro
50m
Texas
West
Oct
11 Hour
50
PCT 50
50m
California
PAC
May
11 Hour
50
Pineland Farms
50m
Maine
Mid-A
May
11 Hour
50
Quicksilver
50m
California
PAC
May
11 Hour
50
Resurrection Pass
50m
Alaska
PAC
Jul
11 Hour
50
Rocky Raccoon
50m
Texas
West
Feb
11 Hour
50
Round Rotherham
50m
Great Britain
Intl
Oct
11 Hour
50
Run Rabbit Run
50m
Colorado
West
Sep
11 Hour
50
San Juan Solstice
50m
Colorado
West
Jun
11 Hour
50
Silver Rush 50
50m
Colorado
West
Jul
11 Hour
50
Silver State
50m
Nevada
West
May
11 Hour
50
Squaw Peak
50m
Utah
West
Jun
11 Hour
50
Stone Cat Ale
50m
Massachusetts
Mid-A
Nov
11 Hour
50
Stone Mill 50
50m
Maryland
Mid-A
Nov
11 Hour
50
Sulphur Springs
50m
Canada
Intl
May
11 Hour
50
Superior Trail 50
50m
Minnesota
Mid-W
Sep
11 Hour
50
Tahoe Rim Trail
50m
Nevada
West
Jul
11 Hour
50
Tussey Mountainback 50 Miler
50m
Pennsylvania
Mid-A
Oct
11 Hour
50
Twin Peaks
50m
California
PAC
Oct
11 Hour
50
Umstead
50m
North Carolina
South
Mar
11 Hour
50
VASS Vermont
50m
Vermont
Mid-A
Sep
11 Hour
50
Virgil Crest 50
50m
New York
Mid-A
Sep
11 Hour
50
White River
50m
Washington
PAC
Jul
11 Hour
50
Woodstock 50 ("Peace Love and 50 Miles")
50m
Michigan
Mid-W
Sep
11 Hour
50
Transvulcania 83.3km
83.3k
Spain
Intl
May
12 hour
51
Highland Fling
53m
Scotland
Intl
Apr
11 hour
53
Hardmoors 55
55m
Great Britain
Intl
Mar
12 hour
55
Courmayeur Champex Chamonix (CCC)
98k
Italy
Intl
Aug
19 hour
60
Bandera
100k
Texas
West
Jan
15 hour
62
Bishop High Sierra
100k
California
PAC
May
15 hour
62
Chiemgauer100
100k
Germany
Intl
Jul
15 hour
62
Four Lakes
100k
Philippines
Intl
May
15 hour
62
GlassHouse 100
100k
Australia
Intl
Sep
15 hour
62
Hellgate
100k
Virginia
South
Dec
15 hour
62
Hong Kong 100K
100k
Hong Kong
Intl
Jan
15 hour
62
Kat'cina Mosa 100K Mountain Challenge Run
100k
Utah
West
Aug
15 hour
62
Lost Soul Ultra
100k
Canada
Intl
Sep
15 hour
62
Miwok
100k
California
PAC
May
**
62
North Face 100, The
100k
Australia
Intl
May
15 hour
62
Oil Creek
100k
Pennsylvania
Mid-A
Oct
15 hour
62
Tarawera Ultras
100k
New Zealand
Intl
Mar
15 hour
62
Ultra Race of Champions
100k
Colorado
West
Sep
15 hour
62
Waldo 100k
100k
Oregon
PAC
Aug
15 hour
62
Weymouth Woods
100k
North Carolina
South
Jan
15 hour
62
Grand Raid International du Cro-Magnon
114k
France
Intl
Jun
26 hour
70
Lavaredo Ultra Trail
118k
Italy
Intl
Jun
11 Hour*
73
TDS (Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie)
119k
Italy
Intl
Aug
29 hour
73.6
Transgrancanaria
119k
Canary Islands
Intl
Mar
26 hour
73.6
Abbots Way, The
125k
Italy
Intl
May
27 hour
77
Canadian Death Race
125k
Canada
Intl
Aug
22 hour
77
West Highland Way
95m
Scotland
Intl
Jun
30 hour
95
Angeles Crest
100m
California
PAC
Jul
Finisher
100
Arkansas Traveler
100m
Arkansas
South
Oct
Finisher
100
Bear, The
100m
Utah
West
Sep
Finisher
100
Bighorn
100m
Wyoming
Mid-W
Jun
Finisher
100
Burning River
100m
Ohio
Mid-W
Jul
Finisher
100
Cascade Crest
100m
Washington
PAC
Aug
Finisher
100
Chiemgauer100
100m
Germany
Intl
Jul
Finisher
100
Grand Raid La Reunion
162k
Reunion
Intl
Oct
45 hour
100
Grindstone
100m
Virginia
South
Oct
Finisher
100
H.U.R.T. Trail
100m
Hawaii
PAC
Jan
Finisher
100
Haliburton Forest Trail Race
100m
Canada
Intl
Sep
Finisher
100
Hallucination
100m
Michigan
Mid-W
Sep
Finisher
100
Hardrock
100m
Colorado
West
Jul
Finisher
100
Headlands 100
100m
California
PAC
Sep
Finisher
100
Heartland
100m
Kansas
Mid-W
Oct
Finisher
100
Javelina Jundred
100m
Arizona
West
Oct
Finisher
100
Kettle Moraine
100m
Wisconsin
Mid-W
Jun
Finisher
100
Lakeland 100
100m
Great Britain
Intl
Jul
Finisher
100
Lean Horse
100m
South Dakota
Mid-W
Aug
Finisher
100
Magredi Mountain Trail (MMT) 100
100m
Italy
Intl
Oct
Finisher
100
Massanutten
100m
Virginia
South
May
Finisher
100
Mohican
100m
Ohio
Mid-W
Jun
Finisher
100
North Downs Way
100m
England
Intl
Aug
Finisher
100
Oil Creek
100m
Pennsylvania
Mid-A
Oct
Finisher
100
Ozark Trail
100m
Missouri
Mid-W
Nov
Finisher
100
Pine to Palm
100m
Oregon
PAC
Sep
Finisher
100
Pinhoti
100m
Alabama
South
Nov
Finisher
100
Rocky Raccoon
100m
Texas
West
Feb
Finisher
100
Run Rabbit Run
100m
Colorado
West
Sep
Finisher
100
San Diego 100
100m
California
PAC
Jun
Finisher
100
South Downs Way
100m
England
Intl
Jun
Finisher
100
Stagecoach Line 100
100m
Arizona


Finisher
100
Sulphur Springs
100m
Canada
Intl
May
Finisher
100
Superior Sawtooth 100
100m
Minnesota
Mid-W
Sep
Finisher
100
Taby Extreme Challenge 100
100m
Sweden
Intl
Apr
Finisher
100
Tahoe Rim Trail
100m
Nevada
West
Jul
Finisher
100
Thames Path 100
100m
Great Britain
Intl
Mar
Finisher
100
Umstead
100m
North Carolina
South
Mar
Finisher
100
Vermont
100m
Vermont
Mid-A
Jul
Finisher
100
Wasatch Front
100m
Utah
West
Sep
Finisher
100
Western States
100m
California
PAC
Jun
Finisher
100
Winter 100
100m
Great Britain
Intl
Dec
Finisher
100
Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc (UTMB)
166k
France
Intl
Aug
Finisher
103
Hardmoors 110
110m
Great Britain
Intl
Jun
Finisher
110
Brazil 135
135m
Brazil
Intl
Jan
48 hour
135








Comments

Anonymous said…
10:15 min North Face San Francisco? Do you want only front of the pack runners? Sorry, I've finished a few hundreds (some on the qualifying list) and your 50 mile qualifying times are ridiculous. Everything else sounds reasonable though...
Anonymous said…
Uhhh, front of the pack runners at the North Face San Francisco will be coming in around 6 hours. Not over 10 hours!! All you have to do is try a little bit to get in under 13/min mile pace.

The ultra/trail world is populated with far too many people with no desire to suffer, they just want to finish a race with the least amount of discomfort as possible so they can say they did it. Larry is spot-on with this shit. Respect the distance, respect the course, and most of all, people need to stop making decisions based on how they think it will look on social media the next day.

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