Registration

Next Race: 7 April 2018, 6:00 a.m.
Registration: 9 September 2017, Noon EDT

Competitive entrants (sub 17 hours for males; sub 18 hours for females)
please contact the race director at RaceDirector@Umstead100.org.

Fees

The race entry fee is $180.

For your entry fee you receive: race support, a race t-shirt or a race hat, a finisher certificate, and a Friday night spaghetti dinner.

Understanding Registration

Just like in prior years, general registration for the 2018 Race will online by first-to-register. For us here at Umstead 100 Headquarters, this method has proven to be as random as a lottery, and far easier to administer. We will continue to hold the online registration on a Saturday. Hopefully, this better serves our runners. We will ensure that we choose an online registration company that will not make typing speed an issue; however, any first-to-register process will, by its nature, require the registrants to be at the right place at the right time.

In addition to the online registration, we will also continue our hardcopy reserved slot categories: Competitive, "500/1000 Mile Clubs," and Race Volunteers who have materially and substantially supported the Race. Again this year, we will have a "Second Chance Lottery" for 55 general entries as part of our hardcopy entry system. This entry path has been added for those who prefer a lottery registration method or who did not gain entry through on-line registration. We will not maintain a waiting list as our process accounts for pre-race drops and race day no-shows.

The Umstead 100 is organized and managed by ultra runners for ultra runners -- we are all volunteers. Please keep this in mind when you are disappointed by non-entry or disagree with the registration process. The Race is popular and we know there are going to be a significant number of runners disappointed when they fail to gain entry into the Race. We try to be as fair as we can to the ultra community, but, realize that "fair" is a subjective measure. We will be true to the objectives we originally set out for the Umstead 100.

We believe this registration policy is as fair as we can make it and at the same time works for those of us who administer the Race. Please read the Registration policy carefully. If you have comments on registration, please send them. We're always on the lookout for improvements.

For purposes of registration limits, the Race does not distinguish between 100 mile and 50 mile entries. The Race has a limit of 250 runners imposed both by our Park permit and our desire to give the highest quality service to our runners. We initially allow more runners to register based on the average number of entry drops and race-day no shows over the last several years.

Qualifying

For acceptance into the Umstead 100, you must have completed at least a 50-mile race within the time limit allowed for that race, or run 50 miles or more in a 12 hour race, since January 1, 2016, or show proof of adequate training and/or suitable running history.

You need to prove to us that you know what you're getting into. We also accept as proof, given the rugged nature of each, the 40 Mile Uwharrie Mountain Run and the 40 Mile Mount Mitchell Challenge. We accept your word if you are running a qualifier subsequent to your registration for the run.

Runners registering for a 50-mile entry must note that on the run application. There are no qualifications for the 50-mile run except your good judgment.

Minimum age accepted into the Race is 18 years of age at registration.

Guidelines for Determining Entry Into the 2018 Race

1. General Guidelines

The Race will accept 250 general entries into the Race through online registration on a first-to-start registration basis. These slots are open to all qualified runners. Registration will be through the Umstead 100 website, www.Umstead100.org, to our selected online registration company. Any online registration prior to the official opening of registration for a race will not be accepted as entries into the Race.

The online registration site will recognize the first 250 hits to the site and lock those applicants into a slot. The applicant will then have 12 minutes to fill out the entry form and submit electronic payment. If payment is not submitted within 12 minutes, the slot will go back into the entry pool. At 12:15 the entry pool will re-open non-claimed entries. This process will repeat every 15 minutes until all spots are filled.

Accepted applicants will receive a confirmation notice from the online registration company and we will post a list on the website ASAP after the Race is filled. Information needed for online registration will be posted on our website one week prior to registration to help expedite the time needed to register. Please read all registration notes posted on the website which will give online applicants additional information about the online process.

2. Competitive Entries, Previous Winners

The Race will reserve 10 slots for competitive entries and previous male and female winners of the 100 Mile Race. "Competitive" is defined as the potential for sub-17 hours for males and sub-18 hours for females on the Umstead course. These slots will remain open until exhausted but no later than March 1. Interested and qualified runners should contact the Race Director for additional information regarding resume review and entry processing.

3. Hardcopy Second Chance Lottery

The Race will reserve 55 slots for the "Second Chance Lottery". This lottery is by hardcopy application - entry fee check to be included, and is open to all for general entry. See item 6 for hardcopy registration procedures. On September 23, all general lottery entry names will placed in a container and 55 entries will be randomly selected. Results of the lottery will be posted on the website, by end of the day on Sunday, September 24, as part of the overall field accepted into the Race. Entries not selected (and their entry fee checks) will be shredded unless a self-addressed stamped envelope is enclosed with the entry.

4. Members of 500/1000 Mile Clubs

The Race will reserve 10 slots for members of the "500/1000 Mile Clubs". These slots will be filled by hardcopy application. See item 6 for hardcopy registration procedures. If more than 10 valid applications are received, a lottery will be conducted by Race Management to randomly select the 10 entries to be entered into the Race. Entries not selected and entry fee checks will be shredded unless a self-addressed stamped envelope is enclosed with the entry. Entry assurance will be granted for 9 time finishers going for their 1000 Mile Buckle.

5. Race Volunteers/Supporters

The Race will reserve 10 slots for Race Volunteers and those who have materially and substantially supported the Race. These slots will be filled by hardcopy application. See item 6 for hardcopy registration procedures. If more than 10 valid applications are received, a lottery will be conducted by Race Management to randomly select the 10 entries to be entered into the Race. Entries not selected and entry fee checks will be shredded unless a self-addressed stamped envelope is enclosed with the entry. Entry assurance for the 2018 Race will be granted for volunteers who work not less than 8 hours for Sunday and/or Monday cleanup during the 2017 Race. This is a one-time per-runner offer and only for runners who have not previously run the Umstead 100.

6. Hardcopy Entries

All hardcopy entries for categories 3, 4 and 5 above must be received no later than close of business, 22 September 2017. Applicants for items 3, 4, and 5 above should check the applicable entry category on the hardcopy entry form. Any form where the category is not checked will be considered as part of the general lottery. The hardcopy entry form will be posted on the website on September 9, after online registration closes, and will be removed from the website on September 22. This time period should easily allow interested applicants to use regular USPS mail for delivery. Early delivery gains no advantage over entries arriving on the last day. Entries arriving after the closing date/time will not be considered for entry. Results will be posted on the website, by end of the day on Sunday, September 24, as part of the overall field accepted into the Race.

7. Refunds

The Race will return a canceling runner's entry fee, less a $40 administration fee, for entry cancellations before February 1.

No refunds will be issued after February 1.

We regret that we cannot refund the entry fee if, for any reason out of race management's control (i.e., natural disaster, Park closure, etc), the race has to be canceled.