2020 Western States 100 Lottery Results (Plus Additional Entries)

Western States 100 logoThe lottery for the 2020 Western States 100 took place on Saturday December 7, 2019, 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 14% increase in applicants over last year, with a total of 6,664 runners applying for entry via the lottery. The starters list in June 2020 will ultimately contain 369 runners, a number set 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) and the remainder who were chosen in 2020 lottery.

A change was announced to the WS 100 entrance process in 2016, and will be implemented for the fourth time in the 2020 event, a 50-person General Waitlist. If a registered entrant decides not to race, members of the waitlist will move onto the entrants list. Today, that waitlist was also filled from among the lottery entrants, as well. For perspective, the waitlists rolled down to allow the 36th and 31st runners to toe the line in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Here’s the full 2020 Western States 100 entrants list and the separate 2020 waitlist.

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 the 2019 Western States 100 are invited to return in 2020 as automatic entries, and eight of the 10 women have chosen to do so:

  1. Clare Gallagher – 17:23:25 (pre-race and post-race interviews)
  2. Brittany Peterson – 17:34:29 (post-race interview)
  3. Kaci Lickteig – 17:55:55 (pre-race and post-race interviews)
  4. Beth Pascall (U.K.) – 18:06:51
  5. Camelia Mayfield – 18:13:31
  6. Kaytlyn Gerbin – 18:13:33 (pre-race interview(Author’s Note: Kaytlyn Gerbin declined her automatic entry.)
  7. Nicole Bitter – 18:55:14 (post-race interview)
  8. Kathryn Drew – 18:59:08
  9. Addie Bracy – 19:53:38
  10. Corrine Malcolm – 20:02:29 (Author’s Note: Corrine Malcolm declined her automatic entry.)

Men’s Top-10 Returnees

The men’s top 10 from 2019 are also invited to return with auto-entries, and seven intend to do so:

  1. Jim Walmsley – 14:09:28 (pre-race and post-race interviews) (Author’s Note: Jim Walmsley declined his automatic entry.)
  2. Jared Hazen – 14:26:46 (pre-race and post-race interviews)
  3. Tom Evans (U.K.) – 14:59:44 (pre-race and post-race interviews) (Author’s Note: Tom Evans declined his automatic entry.)
  4. Matt Daniels – 15:21:36 (pre-race interview)
  5. Mark Hammond – 15:36:12 (pre-race interview)
  6. Gediminas Grinius – 15:43:50 (Author’s Note: Gediminas Grinius declined his automatic entry.)
  7. Stephen Kersh – 15:54:15
  8. Patrick Reagan – 15:54:31
  9. Jeff Browning – 15:55:06
  10. Kyle Pietari – 15:56:13

Other Fast Runners Who Received Automatic Entry

According to UltraSignup, 69 of the 102 auto-entry slots were filled ahead of the race, with 15 of those being top-10 returnees from last year. (Looking back, 19 of 20 eligible 2018 top-10 runners accepted their spot into the 2019 race.) 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

  • Magdalena Boulet (Sponsor spot)
  • Tracy Dimino (Raffle spot transferred to her)

Men

  • Jorge Maravilla (Sponsor spot)
  • Ryan Montgomery (Sponsor spot)

Top Lottery Entrants

A total of 264 names were drawn during today’s lottery, and among them were a small number of athletes who could crack the top 10 on the right day.

Men

  • Cody Draper

Tomokazu Ihara (Japan) and Kyle Curtin are fifth and 17th on the waitlist, respectively, and likely to gain entry. Rod Farvard is 35th on the waitlist with his entry quite uncertain.

Women

  • Keira Henninger
  • Shannon Howell
  • Alyson Jay
  • Susan Kramer
  • Kelly Teeselink
  • Dreama Walton

Cass Chisholm (U.K.) is 45th on the waitlist and, therefore, is unlikely to get in.

UTWT Entries and Golden Ticket Races

At the moment, athletes still have two ways to get into the 2020 Western States 100, via the Ultra-Trail World Tour and the Hoka One One Golden Ticket Races.

The Ultra-Trail World Tour’s (UTWT’s) designated runners have been announced, and, as in recent years, the UTWT has designated four North American runners and six runners from further afield.

Men’s UTWT Entries

  • Hayden Hawks
  • Tom Owens (U.K.)
  • Sébastien Spehler (France)
  • Tim Tollefson

Women’s UTWT Entries

  • Lucy Bartholomew (Australia)
  • Luzia Buehler (Switzerland)
  • Kellie Emmerson (Australia)
  • Keely Henninger 
  • Camille Herron
  • Audrey Tanguy (France)

The five-race 2020 Hoka One One 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 2020:

Men’s Golden Ticket Entries

  • Drew Holmen (Bandera 100k)
  • Alex Nichols (Bandera 100k)

Women’s Golden Ticket Entries

  • Ailsa MacDonald (Bandera 100k)
  • Michelle Magagna (Bandera 100k)

[Last Updated Jan 17, 2020]

Call for Comments

  • Are there 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 2020?
  • 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 17 comments

  1. Brady

    Will Sean O’Brien 100k ever get it’s golden ticket back? I thought Canyons took it temporarily when SOB was cancelled due to fire, but it looks to be back on in 2020.

    1. Bryan

      2020 Olympics, if he has an insane marathon trials? That possibility would be enough to defer an automatic entry, and (if things go poorly in the trials), simply run a golden ticket race or two, as needed.

  2. Brian

    Looks like one 8th-year entrant didn’t get drawn. At this rate of growth, in a few years, people will routinely have to wait a decade to run the race!

    1. John

      Looks like that runner is #1 on the waitlist thought, so I would imagine will be running. Still, your point is well taken. Pretty soon we will have 10+ year applicants.

  3. Chad

    Opinions on the ‘sticky tickets’ that were drawn in the lottery? In at least 12 cases, multiple tickets that were stuck together were drawn, evidenced by the alphabetic sequencing of the names. In one case, four names from four pages of the printed tickets stuck together and were drawn together. Still a random lottery?

  4. Cody

    There are a lot of runners who have had the opportunity to repeatedly run Western States. The media seems to admire them and put them on a pedestal. I am in favor of allowing the top 10 men and women to have automatic entries as it helps keep the race competitive up front. However, why not make it more difficult for runners to subsequently run the race? For example, maybe every finish gives less of an opportunity (lower odds and fewer tickets) of returning? There are a lot of runners who dream about Western. Some of us partially owe our presence within the sport of Ultrarunning to WS. The race isn’t any less important to me than it is to someone who has run it 9 times or 19 times. Why not skew the lottery such that more people have an opportunity to toe the line? It would certainly mean those who do are more likely to show up in shape and less likely to drop.

    1. Sammy

      This comes up every year. Drop all the aid station slots, UTWT (or whatever that is), sponsor slots, golden ticket, etc. Automatics should only be top 3 M, F and Gordy. Nearly 1/4 of runner spots go to non-lottery individuals.

      I agree that there needs to be a revised lottery system. There are some interesting conversations floating around on the intardwebs.

      1. Jon

        The fact is that no system is perfect. It’s their race. They can do what they want. If you don’t like it you have options…Come up with a better lottery system or don’t run the race. That simple.

        1. John Vanderpot

          I bite my tongue every time this comes up…there are so many incredible courses out there, many of which don’t even fill…go run ’em?

  5. Greg H

    Having watched how the race plays out each year in combination with how the lottery impacts the field, I think there’s significant room for improvement in selecting entrants.

    My first draft:
    -Top 3 men and women placers can return (top ten is way too much–this encourages lame racing tactics)
    -20 men and 20 women can qualify via Golden Ticket races. 10 ticket races w/top 2 men and women qualifying.
    -Up to 15 each additional men and women elite entrants qualify via ITRA rankings, starting with the top 15 descending until the spots are filled.
    -15 friends of the race spots are reserved for legends, special sponsors, race benefactors/workers
    -That’s 91 racers. This provides the opportunity for at least 38 quality male and female runners each year.
    -The rest of the field is filled by lottery. Lottery applicants are permitted to one ticket. Nobody who gets in via lottery is permitted to apply for a period of 5 years.
    -No other auto entries. No pacers.

    This similar to what should happen at Hardrock IMO.

  6. Jeff

    I am of two minds here:

    1. I understand the frustration, being a local-ish runner who has failed several times in the WS100 lottery, and I think the suggestions are interesting. Being so competitive to enter is a double-edged sword — it is a special race but one that people may only have one chance (if at all) to run, so there is almost no ability to learn and improve. Heck, Ann Trason did not finish the first two times she ran ….

    2. My belief is the entire WS100 board puts a huge amount of thought into the lottery and it is ultimately their race. We are just in a new era. Some improvements such as the one-time deferral are great and would have helped me a few years back when I got injured. Nothing will fix the situation given how limited the sports are due to the Granite Chief restriction.

  7. David Von Stroh

    I think the top 10 and the Golden Ticket system works very well. I would also suggest an expansion of the Golden Ticket system to include both open and masters categories, so each race would award up to 8 tickets each (m/f/open/masters). But then I would also like to see an expansion of the field – has it ever been explored to reroute the course around Granite Chief Wilderness (only miles 6-10 I believe) so that the magic number 369 is no longer the limiting factor? Seems like a field of 700 or 800 would be reasonable (would require some restrictions on access to Robinson Flat, Green Gate, etc. to only crew and only one crew vehicle, etc.).

  8. Walmsley is in the trials

    Lol. It’ll be a decade to get into this race SOON. Forget it. Most of the big and popular ultras are lottery based now. I understand why, and theres some good ones that are not lottery based still… for now. This is why I still trail run, but went back to road races and shorter trail races. You know where actual running not run/hiking is involved and you can actually compete with runners wire to wire. Ultras are for trail snobs now… an all out 10k is a harder effort wise anyways.

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