|These are deep thoughts that seeped out of my head.|
In late 2017 the cryptic Delphic oracle spoke to Race Management as in a dream, and the revelation was that [you might want to sit down here], there was going to be a waiting list.
For the 2019 Race.
Which will now be lotteried the weekend after the WSER100 Draw. Instead of the previous Post Apocalyptic Race Day Plus One Death Scrum. You now have 120 days to ponder an entry.
So for all those who got States-missed, here's your chance. You'll get to elbow your way past the newbies who are just now over their poison-oak fever-dreams in a completely inscrutable process.
Also: AC100 newcomer entrant Jim Walmsley of recent Lake Sonoma 50 win fame is listed as Bib #8. In years past the first 10 bibs were reserved for previous AC100 finishers of note. Perhaps race management thought he'd get lost in the crowd at the start, even though his credentials are solid. But hey! It'll be interesting to see if he actually does it, as UTMB is Friday Aug 31.
But What About My Celebrity?
Glad you asked. Everybody in UltraLandia is a brand something now. Either an Aspirational Avatar of the Sport®™ or one of the many Brand Ambassadorks out there. That's fine. My needs are more selfish—I'll be a certified Brand Ambassadork®™ when I get shoe-boxes stuffed with $20 bills, and not to have to buy the merch for a discount. I've been in this too long already, and we'll catch up later at the finish line.
Bullshit your friends, baffle strangers.