The Western States 100 Endurance Run, widely considered one of the premiere ultra marathons in the country, and the oldest in the world, has released its full list of 2017 lottery entrants.
The 2017 drawing takes place December 3, 2016.
A total of 4,260 entrants submitted applications in a total of 10,891 tickets (as of November 21, 2016). The ticket count is more than double the number of runners who entered, as lottery applicants who failed to gain entry in a prior years receive additional tickets in the hat.
Of those who submitted applications, 2,481 of the total tickets were submitted singularly, while 995 entrants were allowed to submit two tickets (totaling 1,990 tickets), 391 entrants submitted three tickets, 251 entrants submitted four tickets, 251 submitted eight tickets, 110 entrants submitted 16, 30 submitted 32 and lastly, two entrants submitted 64 tickets each — meaning that they have not been chosen from the lottery for seven years.
According to Western States, the number of entrants in the 2015 hat was 2,566, with a total ticket count of 6,601. Based on an expected draw of 270 using a monte carlo simulation, the probability of being selected with a single name in the hat was 4.7 percent, according to a release.
The race is restricted to approximately 369 runners due to Forest Service permits. Proof of a completion of a qualifying run during the qualifying period will be required at registration.
A 50-person “wait list” will also be chosen during December’s lottery. If any entrant withdraws from the race for any reason, the spot will be given to the next runner on the general wait list. A refund structure with corresponding deadlines has also been instituted for runners who choose to withdraw prior to the event.
According to Western States Board President John Medinger, the structure of a wait list will help the Run stay at its Forest Service permit limit of 369 runners. “We realize the odds of being chosen in our general lottery are still pretty low – last year we had a record 3,510 applicants,” Medinger said. “In the past, we’ve ‘overbooked’ our initial entry list, anticipating that some runners will drop out due to injury or other factors. But it’s become increasingly difficult to forecast how many. With our new wait list, we’re ensuring that we will start exactly 369 runners.”
Runners are still required to complete a qualifying race in the allotted time during the qualifying period (the 2017 run had a Nov. 9, 2015 through Nov. 6, 2016 qualifying period). Entrants will be selected via lottery on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 in Auburn, CA.
The race takes place in Squaw Valley, CA, during the last weekend of June 2017.