2017 Lottery Application
The application period for the 2017 Lottery is Nov 5, 2016 through Nov 12, 2016. There is no fee to enter the lottery. To be eligible for the lottery, applicants must have completed a qualifying run between November 9, 2015 through November 6, 2016. Ticket counts are based on consecutive years in the lottery without being selected. See our lottery page for more details.
2017 Lottery Drawing
The 2017 Lottery drawing will be held on December 3, 2016, 8:30 a.m. at Placer High School.
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: 10:23 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.