29 Aug '16, 10am

This Week In Running: August 29, 2016

UTMB had 1088 drops and 1468 finishers. Which, if my math is correct (BIG if) is a 57% finisher rate. Hardrock had 112 finishers and 40 drops. Again, assuming correct math is a 73% finisher rate. That’s a big gap. It would be interesting to try and compare “Elite” drop rates in both races. My guess would be that attitude plays into this difference. UTMB’s gates to entry for an elite are much easier than at Hardrock, so perhaps the Elite field is more prone to DNF’ing if they’re not having a great day, rather than at Hardrock where the next opportunity to race might not come for a while (not to mention the fact that it is easier to get in once one has a finish at Hardrock than if one is in the “Never” pool). Not a critique of Elites DNFing, rather just commenting at how perhaps knowing you can run the race next year without too much hassle eases the difficulty of accepting ...

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