The Board of Trustees reserves the right to grant admission to runners via special consideration.
1. Foreign Residency. All foreign residents not drawn in the lottery may be eligible for special consideration with the goal of achieving global representation only. 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 the organization of the WS event 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 in writing to the Race Director with a complete resume prior to the date of the lottery drawing.
3. Elite Athletes. No special consideration will be given to elite athletes from North America. Such athletes have the opportunity to gain entry into WS via the Montrail Ultra Cup Series. Overseas athletes who would greatly enhance the competitive aspect of the race, but do not have the ability to compete in the Montrail Ultra Cup Series, may be granted special consideration. Overseas athletes are encouraged to enter through the normal entry process, as special consideration acceptances will be very limited. Those seeking special consideration must apply in writing to the Race Director with a complete resume by no later than March 1.