Racer Selection

The Mt. Marathon Race made some major changes to the 2013 adult race application process. The priority registration system used before 2013 was no longer sustainable because the number of priority applicants almost exceeded the available slots which resulted in very few runners gaining entry into the race. The new priority system opens up about 125 lottery slots for each of the men’s and women’s races. This change will also benefit former runners who lost their priority status and want to regain a slot.

Selection for Adult Race Divisions

The 350 slots for the adult races will be filled in the following order:

Selection for Junior Race Divisions

The 150 boys and 150 girl slots for the Junior Division will be filled in the following order:

  • Priority Racers
  • Lottery winners. The remaining slots are filled with non-priority racers through a random weighted lottery selection process.
  • Approved petition. See all rules pertaining to Petition Application

Weighted Lottery

Beginning in race year 2014, the lottery selection process began to use a new, weighted formula, increasing the odds of winning a lottery place in the race, based on the number of times you have applied. This means that applicants that apply multiple times will have an increased chance of being selected. Applicants are assigned an adjustment weight each year they apply and are not selected for the lottery.

*Petitioners and earned race spots are not eligible for priority status.