This was taken from the HR 100 website:
A note about the 2013 Leadville 100: The Leadville 100 includes many of the features that are important for a HR qualifier: high altitude, long climbs, potential for mountain weather, and more. However, the 2013 Leadville 100 ignored other traits of importance to the HR: environmental responsibility, support of the hosting community, and having a positive impact on the health of our sport. Because of timing, the 2013 LT100 will still be accepted as a qualifier for the 2014 HR. LT100 finishes will not be accepted as qualifiers for the 2015 HRH and beyond.
All I can say is "WOW!" And that is not wow as in I am impressed, more like the wow you get when your wife/girlfriend/partner respsonds to something you say or do in total disbelief that you are actually that big of an idiot.
It just seems awfully judgmental for one race to make a comment like that in regards to another. And even if that were true, what is the purpose of this decision past punishing Leadville runners? Their participation is not the cause for what missteps might or might not have happened in the 2013 LT100 run and how it was managed. They were running!
And lastly... enough of the comparison between the two races. Both are 100 mile races but both require certain skill sets that the other does not. Let me throw these numbers out there... going by the ratios on realendurance.com comparing the two races and finishing times for both, which are 0.67 plus or minus 0.2, based over many years, clearly indicates that anyone who finishes Hardrock in the 44 - 48 hour window would possibly have a very slim chance of finishing Leadville within the 30 hour cuttoff. That's just math folks. Math that indicates that nearly 1/3rd of the HR100 field could not even do Leadville, so which race is harder now?
Like I said, different skill sets. Get over it.
Yes this decision personally impacts me. I had planned on using my 2013 LT100 finish for qualifying for the 2014 and 2015 HR100 lotteries. I really don't have the desire to do any other 100 milers at this point as none really excite me. It would have been nice to have a shot (or two) at doing Hardrock these next couple of years instead of just the one. That being said, if I don't get in, well, that's probably the end of my 100 mile running career right there. At Least For A While. Never say never.
Anyway... Throwing my name in the LT100 MTB this weekend after registration for that lottery opens but of course that drawing won't be until February. A sick and twisted part of me contemplates registering for Leadman again if for no other reason than it would guarantee me a slot in the bike, well after doing the 50 of course. Fortunately I am not that desperate.
Two good days of running this week so far. I've enlisted Lucho's help to get me out of weeds and keep me on track the next three weeks before JFK. The workouts the past couple of days seem familiar and comfortable yet stressing but reassuring at the same time. Maybe I'm not as jacked up as I thought. My confidence is starting to come back thankfully.