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Western States 100 announces rule change on lottery entries

Lottery entrants may now skip a year without forfeiting their spot in the queue

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Good news for those who have been trying to get into the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, the oldest 100-mile race in the world: you may now skip a year in the lottery process without losing your place in line.

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The fabled race runs from Squaw Valley to Auburn, California every year in June.

Entrants are selected by a lottery process, and may accumulate “tickets” for each year that they are not selected, to be used the following year. In order to accommodate “unexpected life events,” the new one-time lottery bye is available to any runner with accrued lottery tickets, and may be used for any reason. Entrants must complete a qualifying race before each attempt at entering the lottery. 

This year’s race runs June 23 and 24.

A full explanation of the lottery process and how the new rule is designed to work can be found on the race site, here.