As a veteran of about a dozen consecutive PPA's, but a victim of injuries and family issues over the last two years, I find I am no longer 'qualified'. With a three year qualification period I would have an entry. As it is, running one of the new qualification times will be difficuLt, even though I can run/hike the full course in well under the six and half hour cut - off. The revised qualification times are particulary hard for the older age groups, where "training harder" isn't an option (per a comment by a lady earlier, seriously mis -guided !), and trying lead to a nine month injury lay off in 2012 for yours truly. The PPA/PPM are one of the few National Class events that insist on 50, 60, 70 & 80 year olds meet the same qualification times as the Open classes. Certainly a way of reducing field size. Just out of interest : Past winners rightly get guaranteed entries should they choose to run. However, am I right in assuming that they must still meet qualification standards ? If so, a past winner, who has not run the past two or more years, must re - qualify?
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I think the biggest problem is that the cutoff times at Barr Camp and A-Frame are really for a 6 hour Ascent time. Some of us could have made it to the top in 6.5 hours if we could go at our own pace and reach Barr Camp at 3:10 and A-Frame at 4:20... but instead, we have to try to reach Barr Camp under 3 hours, which means going out too hard on the early part of the course and then having trouble later. Those cutoffs were changed somewhere around 2009 and since then, there have been fewer people who finish between 6 and 6.5 hours at the top (especially those of us who live and train at altitude and could complete the upper 3 miles in a reasonable time).