When the starting gun goes off this Saturday for the Waldo 100k, it also signals the start of the 2012-13 Montrail Ultra Cup season. Find the full schedule here, but we wanted to take the time to explain a couple exciting scoring and rule changes for this year. From humble beginnings as a California-centric series, Ultra Cup events now take place across the U.S. from Maryland to Texas and from Wisconsin back to Oregon. True to its roots, the series concludes in California with the legendary Western States 100 miler that winds from Squaw Valley to Auburn. Find the full schedule here, but we wanted to take the time to explain a few exciting scoring and rule changes for this year. Each race 50 miles and above in the series can earn you one of those coveted Western States slots in 2013, so be on the lookout for your race!
In addition to the automatic qualifiers to Western States, you can win serious cash when participating in the Montrail Ultra Cup, so let’s talk about the new scoring system…
There are 50k, 50 mile, 100k and 100 mile races in the series. Each race distance can be scored once with the best score counting towards your series total. That means that there are up to four scores that will be included in your overall score. There are bonus points as well, which are discussed below. The scoring per event will be the basic formula of –
Winner’s Time (min)/Your time (min) x max points available
So, if you finish a 50 mile race in 9:32:27, we’ll round to the nearest minute, so you’d have a 9:32. The winner finishes in 7:10. So, your score is:
430 minutes (winner’s time) /572 minutes (your time) x 50 points = 37.587 points
The max points and number of opportunities for each distance is as follows –
50k – 4 races worth 31 points each
50 mile – 5 races worth 50 points each
100k – 2 races worth 62 points each
100 mile – 3 races worth 100 points each
Bonus points this year will also be updated. The top male and female finisher will be granted 10 additional bonus points for each race. Second place male and female will receive 5 points and third place for each gender will receive 3 additional points.
We can’t wait to see you out on the trails!