White Mountain roster story

The 9th White Mountains 100 will feature a new men’s bike champion in 2018.

That’s because none of the past champions of the highly competitive 100-mile race — Will Ross​, Tim Berntson​, Josh Chelf​, Greg Matyas​ or Jeff Oatley​ — are entered.

The only way that could change is if a to-be-determined sponsor slot selects one of the aforementioned quintet and they finish first.

Defending women’s champion and course record-holder Megan Chelf​ is also not returning, though Amber Bethe​ of Anchorage (winner in 2014 and 2015) is back.

The 2018 roster was released Thursday, Nov 16th and includes 81 entrants, with four sponsor slots still to be added. The breakdown features 46 bikers, 19 skiers and 16 runners. 

Men make up sixty-five percent of the roster while there is a nearly even ratio of veterans compared to rookies.

The race in the White Mountains Recreation Area just north of Fairbanks starts March 25.

Two women could make race history by winning their divisions for a fourth straight year. Skier Shalane Frost​ has dominated since 2015 while runner Teri Buck​ has done likewise and even twice won outright by beating all the guys.

With no past male ski champions returning, that division is up for grabs.

Christof Teuscher​ of Portland, Ore., will be seeking a third straight win in the men’s footrace.

A select number of 2017 champions, race record-holders, volunteers, invited entrants and sponsor selections were first granted entry, after which a random lottery filled out the 85-person roster. Another 97 race hopefuls were placed on a waitlist.

A record number of 177 applications were received this year, up substantially from 147 a year earlier.

The lottery for the highly coveted spots produced joy and disappointment.

Veteran Jill Homer​ of Boulder, Colo., was among the happy entrants.

“White Mountains 100, best race ever!,” Homer exclaimed on Facebook. “I’m in as a runner for 2018.”

Many others were relegated to the waitlist, which will produce additional entrants for those with patience and luck.

“65th on the waitlist,” Corrine Leistikow​ posted. “Not much hope for me but I might volunteer instead.”

- By Matias Saari​

Please note there will be NO Trail Shelter (aid station) this year. This was never a checkpoint and has been notoriously hard to find volunteers with snowmachines to support it.  
  • Next year’s race will be held on March 25 & 26th, 2018.

  • Registration will begin on the 1st of November and will close November 15th. A lottery on November 16th will determine the roaster and waitlist for the race.

  • On November 16th, regardless of subdivision (Ski, Bike, Run) the lottery will be conducted using an automated Random Name Picker. The first 55 selected names will be put on the roster. The remaining names will be placed on the wait-list. Note: There will be only one wait-list for all three divisions.