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Qualifying Races

Beginning with the 2015 race, we made the qualifying standards trail 100K and 100 Mile races. We have limited the number of qualifying races to the largest trail 100 milers domestically, and the largest 100Ks that are also of significant difficulty. Worldwide, we’ve included the largest races but also have the goal of geographic diversity so runners from anywhere in the world have an opportunity to run a qualifying race.

Events below are official qualifiers for the 2016 Western States Endurance Run.

  • The 2016 qualifying run must be run from Monday, November 10, 2014 through Sunday, November 8, 2015.

An event that is not on the list cannot be used as a qualifier. 

While every effort is made to ensure that this information is current, complete and accurate, WS cannot be held responsible for any loss, injury, claim, liability, or damage related to your reliance thereon. WS reserves the right to determine all WS qualifiers.

We update the list of qualifying races once a year each October. WS does not receive any payment or other benefit in exchange for placing an event on its list of Qualifying Races.

We welcome corrections of factual errors at anytime.

2016 Qualifying Races List

Run NameDistanceState/CountryRegionMonthTime
Angeles Crest100mCaliforniaPAC7Finisher
Arkansas Traveler100mArkansasSouth10Finisher
Bandera100kTexasWest117 hour
Bear, The100mUtahWest9Finisher
Brazil 135135mBrazilIntl1Finisher
Burning River100mOhioMid-W8Finisher
Canadian Death Race125kCanadaIntl823 hour
Cascade Crest100mWashingtonPAC8Finisher
Chimera 2014100mCaliforniaPAC11Finisher
Courmayeur Champex Chamonix (CCC)100kItalyIntl825 hour
Cuyamaca100kCaliforniaPAC1017 hour
Eiger Ultra Trail101kSwitzerlandIntl722 hour
Endurance Trail des Templiers100kFranceIntl1019 hour
Fat Dog120mCanadaIntl8Finisher
Georgia Death Race60mGeorgiaSouth321 hour
Gran Trail Peñalara 110K110kSpainIntl625 hour
Grand Raid International du Cro-Magnon130kFranceIntl628 hour
Grand Raid La Reunion162kReunionIntl1045 hour
Hallucination (Run Woodstock)100mMichiganMid-W9Finisher
Hellgate 2014100kVirginiaSouth1217 hour
Hong Kong 100K100kHong KongIntl123 hour
Javelina Jundred100mArizonaWest11Finisher
Kettle Moraine100mWisconsinMid-W6Finisher
Kierat100kPolandIntl527 hour
Krakonosova Stovka100kCzech RepublicIntl622 hour
La Mision100mArgentinaIntl245 hour
Laurel Highlands70.5mPennsylvaniaMid-A620 hour
Lavaredo Ultra Trail118kItalyIntl626 Hour
Leadville Trail100mColoradoWest8Finisher
Lost Soul Ultra100kCanadaIntl921 hour
Miwok100kCaliforniaPAC516 hour
Mozart 100102.5kAustriaIntl616 hour
North Downs Way100mEnglandIntl8Finisher
North Face 100, The100kAustraliaIntl519 hour
Patagonia Run100kArgentinaIntl421 hour
Pine to Palm100mOregonPAC9Finisher
Quicksilver100kCaliforniaPAC516 hour
Rio Del Lago100mCaliforniaWest11Finisher
Rocky Raccoon100mTexasWest2Finisher
Run Rabbit Run100mColoradoWest9Finisher
San Diego100mCaliforniaPAC6Finisher
South Downs Way100mEnglandIntl6Finisher
Superior 100100mMinnesotaMid-W9Finisher
Tahoe Rim Trail100mNevadaWest7Finisher
Tarawera Ultras100kNew ZealandIntl316 hour
TDS (Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie)119kItalyIntl830 hour
Thames Path 100100mEnglandIntl3Finisher
Thunder Rock100mTennesseeSouth5Finisher
Trail Verbier St Bernard115kSwitzerlandIntl727 hour
Transgrancanaria119kCanary IslandsIntl327 hour
Täby Extreme Challenge 100100mSwedenIntl4Finisher
Ultra-Trail Cape Town100kSouth AfricaIntl10Finisher
Ultra Trail Mt Fuji100mJapanIntl4Finisher
Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc (UTMB)166kFranceIntl8Finisher
Umstead100mNorth CarolinaSouth3Finisher
Waldo100kOregonPAC817 hour
Wasatch Front100mUtahWest9Finisher
West Highland Way95mScotlandIntl630 hour
Western States100mCaliforniaPAC6Finisher
Zugspitz100kGermanyIntl622 hour

All races are 2015 edition unless otherwise noted.