With only 18 days to go before the WS lottery on December 5, there are 1687 applicants. 1687! With maybe 200 automatics and a total of about 400 selected, the odds of getting picked out of the GUBrew bucket (did you miss the memo that it’s not called GU2O anymore?) are about as good as AJW breaking five minutes in the mile next week. Why are there so many applicants this year?
Is it because of the two recent best selling books about ultrarunning? I can’t count how many people have asked me if I’ve read Born To Run – NO, I haven’t read it yet.
Are the entry requirements too easy? 11 hours for a 50 miler whether it is in the mountains or on the flat roads? I bet KRW could walk 50 miles in 11 hours.
Is it because the two-time defending champion is just so good looking that people just want to be near him?
Is it because of the 2009 WS Synchroblog Project and all the attention it drew to the race?
Is it because people don’t realize that the two-time loser rule has been discontinued? I know of at least one guy that just took his name out of the bucket yesterday when I told him it ended in 2008. If there is anybody out there that thinks there is still a two-time lottery loser rule – WAKE UP – there isn’t.
Is it because the entry procedures were too easy? No credit card, no proof of qualifications, no checking a box that you understand the requirements? Any tire-kicker could put his or her name in the bucket without ever intending on paying the $307. I know of at least one of the 72 Oregonians on the list that doesn’t have a qualifier (BTW, that is the most from any state save California). Wonder how many folks will get selected in the lottery and then not register? Should there be some sort of penalty if you get selected and then not register? Maybe a ban from entering the lottery the next year?
What do you think?