Friday, Jul 26, 2019 @ 6:00 AM

High Lonesome 100

Salida, CO 100 Miler

This Event Took Place Fri. Jul 26, 2019

About the race

Registration opens at 12:01am (MST) on Monday, November 4th and closes at 11:59pm (MST) on Sunday, November 10th. Our entrant capacity will be 125 or 150, we're waiting to hear back from the USFS about the increase.

The High Lonesome 100 is a high flying endurance race in the Sawatch range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With 22,500' of vertical gain and reaching an elevation of 13,150', it's a hell of a course. The race runs in a loop through some of the most beautiful single track in the state, and takes runners on the Continental Divide and Colorado Trail, through 2 ghost towns, over 5 alpine passes, through remote basins, and over soaring ridges. It's also run and staffed by experienced and quality individuals, so you'll get to be a part of a wonderful community. If you're looking for a true mountain race, created in the spirit of the classic 100 milers, then look no further. We're looking forward to our 4th year!

Stats

Start/Finish Location: County Road 321, Mount Princeton, Colorado (coordinates: 38.740282, -106.161237)

Distance: 100 miles
Average Elevation: 10,600'
High Point: 13,150'
Low Point: 8,150'
Total Elevation Gain: 22,500'
Cut off: 36 hours
Course type: 66% single track, 21% mining roads, 10% gravel roads, and 3% paved roads

Entry fee: $450

Qualifying to run

The High Lonesome 100 is not an easy race. It's high, remote, rugged, relentless, and steep. This race will test even experienced endurance runners who have run mountainous 100 mile races. We have these qualification requirements because we believe that to have the best chances of succeeding, you need to have some experience with long distance or 100 mile trail races. YOU CANNOT REGISTER FOR THE RACE WITHOUT HAVING COMPLETE A QUALIFIER. In order to enter to run the 2019 High Lonesome 100, you must meet one of the following requirements:

- Finish a 50 mile or 100k trail race between Nov 1st, 2018 and November 10th, 2019.
- Finish a 100+ mile trail race within the past 5 years

Tiny details:
1. You must wait to register until you are qualified meaning you cannot enter the lottery or waitlist until you have completed a qualifying race. The RD may, at his discretion, waive this requirement.
2. A trail race is defined as any race that takes place at least 75% on non-paved surfaces. Non-paved surfaces include singletrack, double track, mining or logging roads, gravel roads, or dirt roads.
3. Finish is defined as an official finish as classified by the respective race.
4. High Lonesome 100 runners who DNF may use the High Lonesome 100 as a qualifier provided they at least get to Hancock (mile 50) prior to cut offs. This qualification is only good for one year, so if you drop in 2019 it will only get you into 2020. Dropping prior to Hancock does not count as a qualifier and you will need to ensure you have another qualifier should you wish to sign up.

Don't meet the requirements? You can email the RD, but there is less than a 1% chance you're request will be approved. In 2019 we had 56 requests for qualification exceptions and we approved 2. This year our plan is to approve none. Why none? Because it's unfair to the folks who have worked hard to get qualified to make exceptions. So, if you're going to ask it better be a fucking amazing reason why.

Hardrock Qualifier!

The High Lonesome 100 is a Hardrock qualifier, but is NOT a qualifier for UTMB or WSER.

Refunds and Deferments

Refunds are not offered for any reason. However, runners may defer their spot to the following year for the following reasons:

PREGNANCY AND NEW CHILD DEFERMENT
A runner may defer their entry to the following year if they meet one of these requirements. Please visit our website to read the entire policy.

1. The runner becomes pregnant after entering the race.

2. The runner or their partner gives birth to a child in the time between the runner entering the race and the deferral deadline.

3. The runner adopts a child under the age of 5 in the time between the runner entering the race and the deferral deadline.

The following rules apply to Pregnancy or New Child deferrals:

- A deferral gives the runner a lottery bypass for the following year’s race which is not transferable.
- All qualification requirements for the following year’s race must be met. No exceptions.
- The runner must follow the same lottery rules as all applicants, less they forfeit the deferral.
- The deferral does not roll over the entry fee, trail work opt-outs, mile-to-dollars donations, or additional purchases.
- The deadline for requesting a deferral is 31 days before the race.

WESTERN STATES OR HARDROCK DEFERMENT

Due to the difficulty of getting into WSER and Hardrock, we offer a deferral for those runners who are lucky enough to get drawn into one of those two races.

The following rules apply to WSER or Hardrock deferrals:

- A deferral gives the runner a lottery bypass for the following year’s race which is not transferable.
- All qualification requirements for the following year’s race must be met.
- The runner must follow the same lottery rules as all applicants, less they forfeit the deferral.
- The runner will receive a 25% credit from the High Lonesome entry fee towards the following year’s entry fee.
- The deferral does not roll over trail work opt-outs, mile-to-dollars donations, or additional purchases.
- The deadline for requesting a deferral is 7 days after the respective lottery.
- This deferral only applies to being selected into the race, not their waitlists.

Trail work requirement

In order to run the 2019 High Lonesome 100, each runner must complete 8 hours of physical trail work or pay the opt out fee of $150. The trail work must be completed between 11/16/2019 and 7/13/2020. Proof of trail work completion must be received by 11:59pm (MDT) July 13, 2019. Failure to meet this requirement will result in removal from the event, and being required to pay the opt out fee at the time of any future registration.

We take this requirement very seriously. We have removed 2 runners who have failed to meet this requirement. Please plan accordingly.

Non-profit partnerships

The High Lonesome 100 is proud to support the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, one of the leaders in new trail construction and maintenance in Colorado. CFI has been a partner of our race since 2016, and we look forward to working with them for another year.

100% of all trail work opt out fees are donated to CFI. In the past three years, the High Lonesome 100 has donated almost $16,000 to CFI. This is remarkable considering the massive start up fees for the race and the fact that we have not operated in the black in 2017, 2018, or 2019. We bring this up not to brag, but rather to reinforce how strongly we believe in trail stewardship. Please join us in supporting CFI and other trail conservation agencies both financially and physically.

Waitlist odds

Find yourself on the waitlist? We're not entirely sure how the lottery will impact our waitlist movement, but we're assuming that we'll see about 15-20% of capacity get off the waitlist. If our entrant capacity is 125, then we'd expect to go through about 25-30 spots on the waitlist. If our capacity is 150 then we'd expect to go through 35-40 spots on the waitlist. Obviously these are just guesses and we can't offer any guarantees...but if you are in the top 20 on the waitlist your chances are strong.

If you are on the waitlist, you must still meet all the qualifying and trail work requirements. If you have completed your trail work prior to the trail work deadline, you will be moved to the front of the line once the deadline has passed.

Questions? Email the RD, but also be patient. Most of the waitlist action happens from April-July.

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