Hare Scramble Description
A hare scramble is a two-hour race (Nationals are three hours)
around a closed loop track
that consists of trees, hills, fields, streams, and rocks. Like
motocross, to start the race, bikes are lined up in a straight row and
they all leave the start line at the same time as everyone else in their
class. There are different start lines for different classes (the class
you ride is determined by your skill level and the size of your
motorcycle. See "Class Descriptions").
Riders race head-to-head
around the track (Usually 3 to 8 miles long in Iowa). At the end of each
lap they pass through scoring gates. Riders race as hard as they can for
the full two hours. They can race even longer if they go through the
scoring gates just before the two-hour mark. Because even though two
hours are finished, you have to race until you get back to the scoring
The last time through the
scoring gates the scorer writes down your finishing position, starting
with number one though whatever number the last rider to finish is. The
positions are first grouped by who completed the same number of laps.
Then it is broken down by who had the lowest finish number. The person
who had the most laps with the lowest finish number is the overall
Riders compete in
different classes and you are only scored with people who are riding in
the same class that you are.
All racers in Iowa must be a member of the AMA
(American Motorcyclist Association). AMA & IERA sign up is available
at each event.