Bridger Ridge Run - Lottery/Selection Application

Sun May 9 - Sun May 16, 2021 Bozeman, MT 59715 US

Lottery/Selection Application

$5 12:01AM MDT - 11:59PM MDT Registration ends May 16, 2021 at 11:59pm MDT
Bozeman, MT US 59715

IMPORTANT! If you are registering multiple people, please use a UNIQUE EMAIL FOR EACH PERSON!!

Basically, if you want to be in the Ridge Run race, you have to apply here first even if you are a 10-time finisher, an auction winner, or a previous winner.

See more details on Event Info page.

This year's number of runners will be limited to 250 runners. That is the number allowed by the Forest Service permit and they are going to hold us to it. There may be three times as many applicants as there are available spots in the race, so unfortunately not everyone who applies will get in. A system has been developed that supports hardworking volunteers, local non-profit organizations, and still gives everyone that applies a chance to participate. It is a process that is fair and supports the spirit of the Bridger Ridge Run.



Current plan for the 2021 Ridge Run Sign-ups

Just like you we are still monitoring the Corona Virus situation closely. With the event several months away we have time on our side. Due to this, we are hopeful we will be able to have the race in 2021, but please be aware when you sign up that the event has the potential to be cancelled with minimal notice.  At a minimum we will likely have some Corona Virus Rules. If you feel you just can't handle any more rules we ask that you not sign up.  

We will continue to monitor the situation in the coming weeks and months and will do our best to communicate clearly with you as things evolve. We will take guidance from our public health institutions and keep your health and safety foremost in mind moving forward.  We will make a final decision to continue with the race as planned  by July 1st.  Please know we are committed to keeping all runners safe, and not putting others health at risk. If at any time we have to cancel the event, we will not reschedule it later in the year. However we are doing all we can to make sure we can have runners on the ridge this year. Here are the guidelines that will help you know how to participate:

  1. The Ridge Run Lottery/Selection Sign-ups will be May 9 - May 16th.  
  2. All lottery participants will be notified via email on May 22 of their Ridge Run status.
  3. Accepted runners and lottery winners will receive a link to register for the race and have until May 30 to do so.
  4. All others will receive a link for volunteer opportunities (increase your odds for next year).
  5. July 1st will be the decision date whether to hold the race or not.                                                                                                                                                     
  • At this time we are strongly recommending runners to wear a mask and social distance but our rules may have to change in order to have the race. It is possible we may have to impose strict rules in order to have the race so please be aware.
  • THIS YEAR'S RUN IS "CUPLESS.  That means that if you want anything to drink at the Aid Stations you MUST have your own container READY.  We "MIGHT" provide some snacks at the Aid Stations but ask that you carry what you think you will need. This will depend on the pandemic situation.
  • If for ANY reason YOU have to cancel the race after sign-ups, our regular policy stands – there are NO REFUNDS for any reason.
  • If WE have to cancel the race those admitted into the race will have the option to “roll-over” their chance to run to the 2022, do a virtual Ridge Run (and get swag)(VIRTUAL OPTION WITH FOREST SERVICE AND HEALTH DEPT. APPROVAL ONLY), or donate (and get swag) . Your unused portion of the entry fee will go  directly to the Gallatin Valley Land Trust – the non-profit we donate proceeds to every year. They help provide many of the trails we run on all the time!    
  •  If you are a successful lottery applicant, the entry fee for the Ridge Run will be $90.00 plus a $6.22 administration fee. This will maintain the highest quality run possible.
Selection Process Explained

The number of runners is limited by the permit we receive from the US Forest Service and this year that number is 250.  There may be three times as many applicants as there are available spots in the race.  So unfortunately not everyone who applies will get in.  A system has been developed that supports hardworking volunteers, local non-profit organizations, and still gives everyone that applies a chance to participate.  It is a process that is fair and supports the spirit of the Bridger Ridge Run.

Automatic entry is granted to three groups
  1. Previous winners of the Bridger Ridge Run 
  2. 10 time finishers of the Bridger Ridge Run 
  3. Various raffle winners of  non-profit organization such as Reach, Eagle Mount, HAVEN, Cancer Support Community, the Museum of the Rockies, Gallatin Valley Land Trust, and HER.
Preferential status is given to the following people
  1. Volunteers
    This race is put on by volunteers.  The water and other supplies at aid stations are hauled to the Ridge by volunteers. The folks at each aid station are volunteers.  The sweepers, who make sure every runner gets off the Ridge safely, are volunteers. The Race Director is a volunteer.  To increase your chances of getting into the run, come out and volunteer, work an aid station, help us haul water, or sweep. We support those that give their time to help us put on this community event.
  2. Unsuccessful Applicants from Last Year (ULA)
    If you applied for entry the previous year and were not accepted, you have a much better chance of getting in the following year.  All Unsuccessful Lottery Applicants from last year (ULA) are verified by the selection committee.  If you indicate that you are a ULA and the selection committee finds that you are not, you will be disqualified from the lottery.  (Since we didn't have the run last year, this means 2019)
All Other Runners

Lottery - All other runners will be selected through a fair electronic random selection process.

The Brief Statement

The Brief Statement, which is limited to 250 characters, (including spaces) might increase your chances of getting you into the race, but if you choose not to write one, it doesn’t lower your chances in the lottery. Every statement is read and discussed by the selection committee.  Did you volunteer in 2019 at an Aid Station, Sweep, or Haul Water?  Did you put in (IN 2019) but were not selected? Do you have a compelling or extraordinary reason to run the Ridge Run this year?  If so, please remind us or let us know. We are not trying to be elitist, we are trying to be fair. 

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