Registration for 2020 Lottery (and One-Time Bye/Pregnancy Deferral)
Registration for the 2020 Lottery will be open from November 9, 2019 to November 16, 2019. This is also the time when runners wishing to exercise their One-Time Lottery Bye or a Pregnancy Lottery Deferral for the 2020 Race must do so through the regular 2020 Lottery registration process.
Once registration closes, we'll vet the qualifying races. That means we will go through and verify that each applicant ran a valid qualifier. After that, we'll calculate ticket counts based on prior lotteries, byes, etc. We will post those ticket counts on wser.org by November 24 and give all applicants a chance to make any corrections. All corrections must be made by end of day on December 1, 2019. The tickets will be printed and put into the big lottery drum for the selection of the starting field for the June 27-28, 2020 race. The lottery drawing will take place in Auburn, CA on December 7, beginning at 8:30 am (PST). You can attend live or watch the livecast on Facebook.
One-Time Lottery Bye
To address unexpected life events, the One-Time Lottery Bye gives runners with accrued lottery tickets the opportunity to skip one lottery cycle and maintain their consecutive lottery status. The One-Time Lottery Bye is a once-in-a-lifetime option open to any runner with accrued lottery tickets. For more information, see the WSER website/a>.
Pregnancy Lottery Deferral
The Pregnancy Lottery Deferral allows women with accrued lottery tickets who are pregnant or give birth during the qualifying period for the lottery to skip up to three lottery cycles and maintain their consecutive lottery status. Women who are pregnant and have a qualifier already can enter the lottery and, if selected, use the pregnancy entry deferral. If they are not selected, they can use the pregnancy lottery deferral at the next lottery as long as they are pregnant or give birth during that next lottery’s qualifying period. For more information, see the WSER website.
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: 3:42 AM
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.