2019 Lottery Process
Lottery registration period is Nov 3-10. You must register to be entered in the lottery.
After registration closes we will vet qualifying races. That means we check to make sure each applicant ran a valid qualifying race and remove those who we cannot confirm.
After vetting we will calculate ticket counts. Remember that ticket counts are 2^(n-1) where n is the number of consecutive years entering the lottery and not getting selected. If you ran more than one qualifying race in the qualifying period it won't increase your ticket count.
We will post ticket counts on wser.org by Nov 21. These will be publicly available for inspection and correction. On Nov 29 ticket counts are assumed to be correct.
We'll do a live drawing on Dec 1 beginning at 8:30 am in Auburn, CA. Results of the drawing will be posted close to real-time on ultralive.net and we'll also have a live video feed on our Facebook page.
The Western States Endurance Run follows the middle portion of the famous Western States Trail, a nationally dedicated recreational trail that stretches from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Sacramento, California. One of the most arduous organized running events in the U.S., the Western States 100 is truly the "Ultimate Challenge" for the long distance runner. Entry in this event should not be taken lightly.
Local time: 12:46 PM
Beginning in Squaw Valley, site of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, the trail ascends from the valley floor (elevation 6,200 feet) to Emigrant Pass (elevation 8,750 feet), a climb of 2,550 vertical feet in the first 4 miles. From the pass, following the original trails used by the gold and silver miners of the 1850’s, runners travel west, climbing another 15,540 feet and descending 22,970 feet before reaching Auburn, a small town in the heart of California's historic gold country. Most of the trail passes through remote and rugged territory. People who are unfamiliar with the area should use caution when planning training runs, especially in the high country. Before leaving, let someone know where you will be running and when you will return.