Something to remember with this is the Mountain and the weather make the rules. It was hot this year. Altitude sickness is indiscriminate. You can run GoG in less than 2 hours (or qualify however), but still get smacked down HARD if the Mountain doesn't want you there. If it's hot, it's harder. If it's thundering, it could make a difference. If it's snowing, that definitely makes a difference.
I've never seen these races as the People's races. You still need to work your butt off to be able to try. Instead of saying "time to find another race," just work harder! You can cut time off you runs with a little more effort, physically AND otherwise (diet, mental thoughts, etc). It might take some time, but it's doable.