The Board of Trustees reserves the right to grant admission to runners via special consideration. These are limited.
1. Foreign Residency. All foreign residents may be eligible for foreign special consideration with the goal of achieving global representation. To qualify as a foreign resident, you must reside full-time outside the US and Canada, regardless of citizenship. Anyone living in the US or Canada for any portion of the qualifying window does not qualify for special consideration.
2. Extraordinary Contributions. Runners whose contributions to the sport of ultrarunning or to WSER have been unusual and substantial may be granted special consideration. While this special consideration definition is broadly drafted, it is narrowly applied, and each year very few are granted entry. Runners seeking special consideration must apply for the lottery and also contact the Race Director with a special consideration request prior to December 1.
3. Elite Athletes. North American elite athletes have the opportunity to gain entry into WS via the Montrail Ultra Cup Series. Overseas elite athletes may also gain entry through the Ultra-Trail World Tour.