29 Jun '17, 6pm

Why Hardrock and Other U.S. Races Won’t Pay to Become UTMB Qualifiers https://t.co/P1qUjfrRMP

Why Hardrock and Other U.S. Races Won’t Pay to Become UTMB Qualifiers https://t.co/P1qUjfrRMP

[Editor’s note] This is an op-ed written by Fred Abramowitz, race director for the Run Rabbit Run 50 and 100, and member of the board of directors for the Hardrock 100. Some background: UTMB works off of a points-based entry system. Where many U.S. races use a lottery, UTMB requires runners to acquire points by running between one and three qualifying races. Each qualifying race comes with a certain number of points, between one and six., and runners need to acquire 15 points in order to apply to enter the race. Several weeks ago the Hardrock Hundred received an email from Catherine Poletti, who, along with her husband Michel, owns UTMB and ITRA. It stated, in essence, that Kilian Jornet (defending Hardrock champion) wished to run UTMB, but since Hardrock had not paid to join ITRA, Kilian lacked the qualifying UTMB “points.” So, the gist was, won’t Hardrock pay up so that ...

Full article: http://trailrunnermag.com/people/news/utmb-points-system....

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