WESTERN STATES 100 MILES 2022: RESGISTRATIONS OPEN
WESTERN STATES 100 MILES 2022: RESGISTRATIONS OPEN. From November 1st to 21st Our TRAIL RUNNING USA section celebrates the start of another edition for the decade of the great American ultras.
Along with Hardrock and Leadville, Western States form the most iconic trio on Ultra Trail USA. We start with the video of Jim Walmsley’s record in 2019 and then we go with the details 2022.
WESTERN STATES 100 MILES 2022:
The Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run 2022 will take place June 25-26 in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is a trail running race with a peculiar history, born from the fight of a man (Gordon Ainsleigh) against 100 horses back in 1974.
Its rich history has endowed it with a special charisma, which despite its limited number of places makes it a coveted event by many. In addition, these days it is trending topic as it has been included as the first US race in the brand new UTMB World Series which calendar you can see below.
WESTERN STATES ENDURANCE RACE: THE COURSE
The Western States Endurance Run is conducted along the Western States Trail starting at Squaw Valley, California, and ending in Auburn, California, covering a total of 162k/D+5370m. The Run begins at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday of the last full weekend in June at the west end of Squaw Valley. Runners must reach the finish line no later than 10:59:59 a.m. on the following day in order to be eligible for an award. All entrants must strictly adhere to the Performance Rules, Rules for Pacers, Rules for Crews and to the pre-event briefing by Run Management to avoid disqualification and to remain eligible for an award.
The Western States Endurance Run follows the middle portion of the famous Western States Trail, a nationally dedicated recreational trail that stretches from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Sacramento, California. One of the most arduous organized running events in the U.S., the Western States 100 is truly the “Ultimate Challenge” for the long distance runner. Entry in this event should not be taken lightly!
Beginning in Squaw Valley, site of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, the trail ascends from the valley floor (elevation 6,200 feet) to Emigrant Pass (elevation 8,750 feet), a climb of 2,550 vertical feet in the first 4½ miles. From the pass, following the original trails used by the gold and silver miners of the 1850’s, runners travel west, climbing another 15,540 feet and descending 22,970 feet before reaching Auburn, a small town in the heart of California’s historic gold country. Most of the trail passes through remote and rugged territory.
WESTERN STATES 100 MILES – 2022: HOW TO REGISTER?
The race features a unique qualification system for elite runners whereby Western States Golden Ticket races allow the top two finishers (men and women) to automatically qualify for Western States. In an unprecedented evolution, elite athletes will now have the chance to double qualify for UTMB Mont-Blanc and Western States by integrating some races together for the Western States Golden Ticket in the UTMB® World Series.
In 2022, these will be two: Tarawera Ultramarathon by UTMB in New Zealand and UTMB Mont-Blanc; both will offer qualification for Western States. Starting in 2023, four or more races with the Western States Golden Ticket are expected to be part of the UTMB® World Series.
Registration for the 2022 general draw will open from November 1 to 21 on the race website.
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