Now, with the creation of the Leadville Qualifying Series, a set of four races spread across the country, racers get a chance to qualify for the Leadville Trail 100 based on performance within their age category or by winning a smaller lottery within the race.
Each of the qualifying races are awarded between 70 and 100 Leadville 100 entries and dole them out based on certain criteria. Half of the slots are awarded to the top finishers in each of the age categories, with more spots being awarded to the larger groups, and the remaining 50% of the slots are awarded based on a lottery to anyone who finishes the race within a certain time. This selection process increases a rider’s chance to enter the Leadville Trail 100, and the more qualifying races one enters, the better the chances.
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