When I was at mile 73 at Rocky Raccoon, I learned that Chihping and I were both drawn in the Wasatch Front lottery!
The next day I learned that we were not drawn in the Hardrock 100 lottery - but we were on the waiting list (I am 130, Yuki is 119 and Chihping is 159).
This morning I received this from the Badwater Ultra committee:
Thank you for submitting your application to compete in the 2008 Badwater Ultramarathon. All of your paperwork has arrived at the race office, therefore your application is officially under review by the
2008 Badwater Ultramarathon Application Review Committee. (I am just one of five members of that committee.)
Due to the high volume of applicants, it's unfortunate that it is impossible to invite every qualified athlete who applies, including some race veterans. Thus, we appreciate your understanding if you are not invited this year. If that’s the case, we encourage you to support another runner in the race (thus enhancing a future
application) as this race could not go on without dedicated and competent support crews.
You will be notified via email that you have, or have not been, confirmed to compete in the 2008 Badwater Ultramarathon. At that time, your entry fee payment (if sent by check or money order with your paperwork) will either be deposited or destroyed, or you will have no more than seven days to pay by credit card (if you choose that method), or if you chose to fund-raise on behalf of CAF to earn a free entry, you will begin that process.
Entry confirmations may be made as early as February 15 or as late as June 15. Again, due to permit, safety, and operational restrictions that limit the field to 90 entrants or less, we apologize now that many qualified applicants will not be accepted.
Thank you for your interest in competing in the world's toughest running race!
Chris Kostman, Race Director,
as well as the entire Application Review Committee
So - I'll be keeping my fingers crossed. This would be a neat one to do as the last day of the 2008 race is July 16....my birthday.
I managed to make it through the on-line rush for the Ultra Tour du Mont Blanc. My status is confirmed and but for a note from my doctor attesting to my physical strength (or mental weakness) I am good to go.
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