2019 Western States 100 Lottery Results (Plus Auto-Entrants)

Western States 100 logoThe lottery for the 2019 Western States 100 took place yesterday, confirming the vast majority of next year’s field, including a few top runners. However, most top runners either secured entry prior to the lottery or will do so in the coming months.

This year’s lottery saw a 19% increase in applicants over last year. The starters list in June 2019 will ultimately contain 369 runners, a number decided by the race’s permit through the Granite Chief Wilderness Area. Among this there will be 102 automatic entrants (some decided and some yet to be decided, see below for details), three that were drawn from those who were in the live audience for the lottery itself, and 262 runners who were chosen in yesterday’s lottery.

A change was announced to the WS 100 entrance process in 2016, and will be implemented for the third time in the 2019 event, a 50-person General Waitlist. If a registered entrant decides not to race, members of the waitlist will move onto the entrants list. Yesterday, that waitlist was also filled from among the lottery entrants as well. For perspective, in last year’s use of the waitlist, it went 36 deep in offering waitlist members spots in the race.

The WS 100 website has an up-to-date list of the 2019 Western States 100 entrants and will have a separate list for waitlisted runners.

Let’s take a look at the top runners who have made it into WS 100 so far.

Women’s Top-10 Returnees

The women’s top 10 from this year are invited to return in 2019 as automatic entries, and all 10 women have chosen to do so:

  1. Courtney Dauwalter (Author’s Note: She was also chosen for the 2019 Hardrock 100)
  2. Kaytlyn Gerbin
  3. Lucy Bartholomew
  4. Amanda Basham
  5. Cecilia Flori
  6. Stephanie Violett
  7. Camelia Mayfield
  8. Aliza Lapierre
  9. Corrine Malcolm
  10. Kate Elliott

Men’s Top-10 Returnees

The men’s top 10 from 2018 are also invited to return with auto-entries, and all but one intend to do so:

  1. Jim Walmsley
  2. François D’Haene (Author’s Note: D’Haene will not return to WS. He was selected in the Never lottery for Hardrock)
  3. Mark Hammond
  4. Ian Sharman
  5. Jeff Browning (Editor’s Note: Browning is also entered in the Hardrock 100, but he’s run this double multiple times.)
  6. Kyle Pietari 
  7. Cody Reed
  8. Charlie Ware
  9. Paul Giblin
  10. Kris Brown

Other Fast Runners Who Received Automatic Entry

According to UltraSignup, 81 of the 102 auto-entry slots were filled ahead of the race, with 19 of those being top-10 returnees from last year. Below are some speedy women and men who have already achieved entry to next year’s race via one of the other pre-lottery auto-entry methods so far:

Women

  • Nicole Bitter (UTWT spot)
  • Moriah Buckley (Race Administration spot)
  • Francesca Canepa (UTWT spot)
  • Clare Gallagher (UTWT spot)
  • Camille Herron (UTWT spot)
  • Marie McNaughton (UTWT spot)
  • Beth Pascall (UTWT spot)

Men

  • Gerad Dean (Race Administration spot)
  • Tom Evans (UTWT spot)
  • Jordi Gamito (UTWT spot)
  • Gediminas Grinius (UTWT spot)
  • David Laney (UTWT spot)
  • Michael McKnight (Sponsor spot)
  • Patrick Reagan (UTWT spot)
  • Ryan Sandes (Sponsor spot)
  • Jason Schlarb (Sponsor spot) (Editor’s Note: Schlarb is also entered in the Hardrock 100.)

Top Lottery Entrants

A total of 262 names were drawn during yesterday’s lottery, and among them were a small number of speedy and notable athletes.

Men

  • Johnny Clemons
  • Yassine Diboun
  • Michael Heimes
  • Steven Moore
  • Chuck Radford
  • Jason Tischer

Women

  • Rachel Bucklin
  • Grace Fisher
  • Rachel Kelley
  • Alissa St Laurent
  • Annabelle Stearns

Top runners still have two routes by which they can gain automatic entry into the 2019 WS 100.

Golden Ticket Races

The five-race 2019 Altra Golden Ticket Races will offer up to 20 WS 100 entries to be given to top finishers of these races. The top-two men and top-two women finishers of each race gain entry, and if they already have an entry or if they decline it, the entry can roll down as far as fifth place. Here’s the race-series schedule for 2019:

Call for Comments

  • Any contenders who are already in the race who we’ve not included above? Let us know who we missed!
  • Who can you see winning the women’s and men’s races in 2019?
  • Anyone you’re hoping will try to gain entry via a Golden Ticket Race? If you’re a speedster and are trying to get in via either route, let us know!

There are 14 comments

  1. Eric

    Another notable entry for WS is Kyle Robidoux from Boston. Kyle will be the first blind/VI runner to toe the line at Squaw. He was given a sponsor bib by CLIF after running his qualifier earlier this year.

  2. Alex

    How did David Laney get in on UTWT? I just looked at the current rankings, and he doesn’t even seem to be ranked?

    Not complaining (big Laney fan), but just curious as to how they worked that out?

  3. AT

    Patrick Reagan about to take a podium spot @ WS. Side note, I saw Hayden Hawks is running the Georgia Death Race. If he takes the W, that’ll put a wild plot twist to the top 10. I don’t believe he’s run a 100 yet though, still a huge contender if he dials in the heat. The Hard Rock line up is insane too.

    1. AJW

      @AT I would agree! For Hawks to snag a spot at GDR and then go into WS as a first 100 would be fantastic. I also suspect we’ll see a few other speedsters (like possibly the bearded guy from Flag) seeking Golden Ticket spots

  4. John Ammondson

    This is an extremely pedantic correction to make but I believe that the Canyons 100k is the replacement for Sean O’Brien, as Black Canyon was a golden ticket race last year as well. Both Western States and Hardrock are looking stacked this year, though I can’t decide if “sponsor spots” at WS or hardrock’s preference for veterans is the more unfair system

  5. Sam

    For some reason I though JOOM wasn’t running it again? It would be cool if krar found a way in. He ran a 14:48:59 the year after running another sub 15. He’s got the legs and the course experience to really challenge joom joom. Also if I remember last years analysis correctly Jim slowed down every split from halfway when krar was speeding up all the way to the end. Would love to see that showdown of the flag folk.

  6. John

    At age 56 he’s a little too old to be a “contender” but the 50+ guys should watch for Roger Sutton from Florida. He ran 18:30 for 5th overall at Rocky Raccoon in his 100 mile debut this year. The real story there is that he did it on less than a year of training after spending 2 years recovering from a horrific mountain bike race accident. He was a sub 30 min 10k guy and low 2:20 marathoner in his youth so he has the engine even in his 50’s.

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