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AGAINST ALL ODDS

The nation’s toughest race entries

  • Western States 100 | Auburn, CA (2008: 1,300 people in the lottery. 369 got a bib)
  • Way Too Cool 50K | Cool, CA (2008: filled in under 12 minutes)
  • Miwok 100K | Sausalito, CA (2008: online registration booked in 10 minutes)
  • Hardrock 100 | Silverton, CO (weighted lottery: 2008 saw 354 applications for only 140 spots. First-timers have an especially difficult time breaking through.)
  • Mount Mitchell 40-Miler | Black Mountain, NC (Only 125 slots issued for this historic climb up the East’s highest mountain)
  • Massanutten Mountain 100 | Front Royal, VA (In 2008, all 160 race slots filled in two hours)

BACK IN TIME

Want to know what Western States was like before it became, well, Western States? Try these trail ultras where a casual vibe thrives. Better yet—you don’t need much luck to get a race bib.

  • Arkansas Traveller 100 | Ouachita National Forest, AR | www.runarkansas.com
  • The Bear 100 | Preston, ID | www.bear100.com
  • Superior 100 | Two Harbors, MN | www.uppermidwesttrailrunners.com
  • Headlands Hundred | Sausalito, CA | www.pctrailruns.com
  • Hellgate 100K | Natural Bridge Station, VA | www.extremeultrarunning.com
  • Vermont 50 | Brownsville, VT | www.vermont50.com
  • Mohican 50 & 100 Miler | Loudonville, OH | www.mohican100.org
  • Moab Alpine to Slickrock | Moab, UT | www.mas50.com
  • Speedgoat 50K | Brighton, UT | www.karlmeltzer.com
  • Run Rabbit Run 50 | Steamboat Springs, CO | www.steamboat50.com
  • Dick Collins Firetrails 50 | Oakland, CA | www.firetrails50.net


Garett Graubins is former Senior Editor of Trail Runner Magazine.



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