Friday, November 12, 2010

Lottery Season Is Upon Us! Which Ultra/Tri Will Choose You?

It's that time of year to put your fate in the hands of the lottery gods and see which adventures they may choose for you! Here are some races that I track, the dates of their lottery, and helpful links to get your name in the pool:

Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run , June 25, 2011 (Lottery Nov 13-27, Drawing Dec 5)

Miwok 100k, May 7, 2011 (Lottery Dec 1-10, Drawing Dec 17)

Way Too Cool 50k, March 12, 2011 (Lottery Dec 6-12, Drawing Dec 15)

Wasatch 100, September 9, 2011 (Lottery Dec 1-Jan 9, Drawing Feb 5)

Hardrock 100, July 8, 2011 (Lottery Now-Jan 31, Drawing Feb 5)

Badwater 135, July 11, 2011 (Lottery/app Feb 1-15, Selection Feb 18)

Ironman Hawaii World Championship, Oct 8, 2011 (Lottery Now-Feb 28, Drawing April 15)

Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, June 5, 2011 (Lottery Dec 1-Jan 26, Drawings Dec 15 and Jan 26)

Mt. Washington Road Race, June 18, 2011 (Lottery March 1-15, Drawing March 15)

Best of luck!

- SD


  1. Hey Scott, Have you considered a Texas adventure? The Bandera 100k is January 8th. Geoff Roes is signed up. (

    I've done the 25k twice and the 50k last year. I think I'm going to try my first 100k this year.

  2. It always blows my mind that there are so many "crazies" out there willing to put themselves thru hell, that races have to perform a lottery to determine who to let in.

  3. Western States lottery is tomorrow!!!!! I have my fingers crossed.

    I heard that they are expecting 3,000 people to apply for the 250 slots. It might be easier to get into the Ironman at this point.

  4. Is it true the application fee for WS is in the $375 range?!?

  5. Yes, the entry fee for Western States was bumped up t0 $370 for 2011. Craig Thornley's blog has some great dialog about the increase after it was announced in September.

    Personally, another $75 doesn't really bother me. Then again, I just blew thousands on Ironman Hawaii, so perhaps I'm still in shock. ;-)


  6. On the same day that the WS lottery opened up, CC Times ran this article on runners "rebelling" against high race entry fees by putting together a free (unsupported, untimed) race.

    "Runners are encouraged to wear baggy running shorts from the ’70s because, English said, that was the era when long runs were free and not commercial."

  7. Thanks for this! I just signed up for WS thanks to your reminder, and I'm planning to sign up for Miwok and Hardrock, but I hadn't considered Way Too Cool or Wasatch (and maybe I should).

  8. Lottery and hundreds of dollars. Lots of crazy people paying lots of money to really hurt!! but its fun, right?


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