Rules Changes To Be Implemented in 2021

NOTE: The rules below were approved by the Mount Marathon Race Committee in early 2020; due to the 2020 cancellation, the 2021 race is the first year for implementation.

 

1. TOP 50 PERCENT AGE GROUP RULE —
Beginning in 2021, racers need to finish in the Top 50 Percent of their age group to earn priority registration.

To earn Priority Registration in 2022, adult racers will need to finish the 2021 race in the top 50 percent of their age group. This replaces the First 225 Finishers Rule for ensuring Priority Registration. Priority Registration guarantees a runner entry provided they register between March 1-31. 

  • To ensure that inspirational older participants are not displaced, the existing Top 10 Age Group Finishers Rule for Priority Registration will remain. 
  • Those with 10-Year Status retain Priority Registration.
  • This rule is intended to increase the number of lottery spots and lottery selection odds. 

Frequently asked questions about the Top 50 Percent Age Group Rule.

2. 10-YEAR NEW RACER REPEAL RULE —
New racers in 2021 are ineligible to earn Priority 10-Year Status

Beginning with the 2021 results, new racers will NOT be eligible to earn Priority 10-Year Status. Previously called Veteran Status, this rule grants Priority Registration to those who have completed 10 or more races. Priority Registration guarantees a runner entry provided they register between March 1-31.

  • Those who have previously completed an adult race within the cutoff time or submitted a deferral in 2019 remain eligible for Priority 10-Year Status. 
  • Those who have already earned Priority 10-Year Status will keep their Priority Registration
  • This change will begin increasing the lottery selection odds in 2030.

Frequently asked questions about 10-Year New Racer Repeal Rule.

3. Beginning in 2021, the adult racers capacity increases to 375

The number of entrants in the men’s and women’s races will increase from 350 to 375.

  • This rule will add racers to each event and improve lottery selection odds.
  • Due to no-shows, the number of entrants will be considerably higher than the number of actual racers.

 

Frequently asked questions about the Top 50 Percent Age Group Rule

There are 73 people in my age group in 2021. If I finish 37th, am I eligible for Priority Registration in 2022?
– No. 37th out of 73 equals 50.7%. This finish is not in the top 50 percent. You would have needed to finished 36th or higher for Priority Registration.

My final junior race is in 2021. If I do not finish in the top 50 percent of my age group, do I have Priority Registration when I apply  for the men’s race next year?  
– Yes. Junior racers aging into the adult race at age 18 will continue to have Priority Registration regardless of placing.

If I place 10th of 16 in the men’s 60-69 age group in 2021, do I have Priority Registration in 2022?
– Yes. Although you did not place in the top 50 percent of your age group, you earn Priority Registration because you satisfy the Top 10 Age Group Finishers Rule.

If I do not finish in the top 50 percent of my age group or finish in the top 10 of my age group, but finish before the 2:30 time limit in 2021, will this count towards my Priority 10-Year Status?
– If you have an official finish before 2021, then you are on the path to earning Priority 10-Year status and your 2021 result will count, but it will not earn your priority registration in 2022.

If I place 140th of 300 male finishers in 2021, do I have Priority Registration for 2022?
-In 2022, Priority Registration is based on your age-group finish, not your overall finish. You’ll need to check your age-group finish to see if you’re in the Top 50 percent.

There are 40 people registered in my age group in 2021. Where will I need to finish to earn Priority Registration in 2022?
– The Top 50 Percent Age Group Rule is based on the number of finishers in an age group, not the number registered. So you will not know if you made the cutoff until after the race results have been published.

I have completed Mount Marathon 13 times. If I place 45th of 55 finishers in my age group in 2021, do I have Priority Registration in 2022?
– Yes. Although you did not place in the top 50 percent of your age group, you earn Priority Registration because you have Priority 10-Year Status.

Are there any changes to Priority Registration for juniors?
– No.

What happens to my registration if I don’t finish in the top 50 percent of my age group in 2021?
– If you do not meet another of the clauses for priority registration (for more information, see https://mountmarathon.com/definitions/priority/) then you will need to enter the lottery in an attempt to gain entry in 2022.

I have finished Mount Marathon 8 times. What happens to my registration if I don’t finish in the top 50 percent of my age group in 2021?
– If you finish under 2 hours, 30 minutes, you will gain a 9th official finish. However, you are still one short of Priority 10-Year Status. If you do not meet another of the clauses for priority registration, then you will need to enter the lottery in an attempt to gain entry and earn your 10th finish in 2022.

I have finished Mount Marathon 9 times. What happens to my registration if I don’t finish in the top 50 percent of my age group in 2021?

– If you finish under 2 hours, 30 minutes, you will gain a 10th official finish. Therefore, in 2022 you can register under Priority Registration because you have gained 10-Year Status.


What place and time will I need to make the Top 50 Percent Age Group Rule cutoff in 2021?

– Since the number of finishers in each age group and finish times vary each year, you will not know if you made the cutoff until after the race results have been published. The following chart details what place and time was needed to make the top 50 percent of each age group in 2018. (The 2019 results were skewed due to wildfire smoke and the 2020 race was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

Men Number of finishers  Top 50 Percent The time to beat:
M18-29 82 1st through 41st 1:06:28
M30-39 73 1st through 36th 1:08:09
M40-49 69 1st through 34th 1:16:33
M50-59 44 1st through 22nd 1:25:56
M60-69 23 1st through 11th 1:29:08
M70-79 9 1st through 9th 2:30:00
Women
F18-29 93 1st through 46th 1:18:24
F30-39 78 1st through 39th 1:22:19
F40-49 48 1st through 24th 1:26:28
F50-59 36 1st through 18th 1:30:01
F60-69 9 1st through 9th 2:30:00

Frequently asked questions about the 10-Year New Racer Repeal rule

I finished the junior race prior to 2021. Am I eligible?
– No. Participation in junior races does not count towards Priority 10-Year Status.

My only finish in the women’s race was back in 1995. Am I eligible?
– Yes. Those who completed at least one race prior to 2021 (or who submitted a deferral in 2019) are eligible to earn Priority 10-Year Status.

My races are not consecutive. Am I eligible?
– Yes. The 10 races do not need to be consecutive for Priority 10-Year Status.

I finished the race as a petitioner several years ago. Does that count towards my Priority 10-Year Status?
– Yes. Although petitioners cannot earn Priority Registration for the following year (unless they win) the finish counts towards their Priority 10-Year Status.

I don’t know how many races I’ve finished. How can I find out?
– You can look up your results at: https://mountmarathon.com/results/search-race-results/

*** RULES REVOKED for 2021 race; will be implemented in 2022

4) 3RD WAVE ADDED — The men’s and women’s races will increase from 2 to 3 waves of equal size starting five minutes apart (this rule will be implemented in 2022 because COVID-19 mitigation will require additional waves in 2021).

  • This rule is designed to reduce course congestion and improve safety.

5) NEW JULY 3 EVENT TIMES — The July 3 raffle and auction will start at 6:00 p.m. and the safety meeting will start at 6:45 p.m. Bib pickup will end at 8 p.m. (These dates and times will be implemented in 2022 due to the altered schedule in 2021). The safety meeting is mandatory for all first-time racers. Junior racers must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.