In 2022, organizers will implement a three-wave system for men and women (recent years have featured two waves). Each wave will start five minutes apart.
Each wave will include about 125 entrants (but fewer actual racers due to attrition).
Wave 1 for the men and women will include the following: those among the top men and top women finishers from the last race; top junior racers aging in to the senior race; select auction winners; Grand Prix winners who gained Earned Race Spots; lottery winners with strong credentials; and petitioners with strong credentials.
The primary seeding mechanism for adult racers will be their 2021 Mount Marathon results. Those who skipped 2021 but finish Mount Marathon in recent years will have those results considered.
First-time racers are generally seeded in Wave 3 unless they have credentials that warrant being placed in Wave 1 or Wave 2. First-time racers will have an opportunity to list other mountain racing results on their registration form for seeding consideration.
Online auction winners will be seeded based on their Mount Marathon and other experience.
Live auction winners and the raffle winner may choose their wave based on their anticipated finish.
A preliminary start list will be published in June. Racers will have an opportunity to submit a Wave Change Request Form before the start list is finalized.