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2024 WSER Media Credentials Request

Thank you for your interest in covering the 51st Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run to be held on June 29-30, 2024. IMPORTANT: Please note that we have made several changes to our media credentials request process for 2024 as well as the implementation of several new policies. Make sure you read this form in its entirety. Please read the terms and conditions and then submit the form at the bottom of the page to request media credentials for the 2024 race. If you are part of a coverage team, EACH MEMBER individually must also complete the form.

Deadline to submit your application for media credentials is Wednesday, June 12, 2024. NO CREDENTIAL REQUESTS AFTER THIS DATE WILL BE ACCEPTED. If you have submitted the form by June 12 or earlier, you will receive an email notification informing you if your request has been approved no later than Friday, June 14. All credentials will be available for pickup during a MANDATORY media briefing on Friday, June 28 at 3:45 p.m. in Palisades Tahoe immediately following the pre-run runner briefing at the Start Line Arch.


  1. Qualifications
    The Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run is pleased to provide media credentials for WSER organization members, Media, WSER Sponsors, and Brands.

    WSER organization members: Individuals who are part of the WSER organization, including official race photographers, live broadcast team members, and start line/finish line personnel.

    Media: Individuals who are in the business of content and image gathering as their primary source of revenue; individual journalists, photographers, videographers or Internet reporters who are on a specific assignment from a known, established media organization; individuals or groups who are involved in the creation of a film, no matter what medium, that would be classified as a documentary, feature film, festival film; individuals who are gathering content for YouTube channel, Internet websites or Podcasts.

    WSER sponsors: Individuals who are part of a coverage team representing an official WSER sponsor.

    Brands: Individuals who are part of a coverage team representing a running or ultra brand that is not an official WSER sponsor.

    Media credentials are not intended for those who sell stock photographs, footage or images. All applicants must complete the WSER Media Accreditation which includes a section to detail coverage plans.
  2. Application Deadline
    Applications for all credential categories, along with requested supplementary documentation, must be submitted by June 12, 2024.

    NOTE: Any type of special filming, video or film, permits do not need to be obtained from the USFS this year. WSER is managing them ourselves. If the coverage team is using a drone, however, you or your team leader will need to submit a drone operator pilot license, separate drone insurance certification and a flight plan to be submitted with your credential request. These materials will then be submitted on your behalf by WSER to the United States Forest Service, Auburn State Recreation Area and Palisades Tahoe resort. Drone pilot information must be provided by June 1, 2024.
  3. Approval process
    Individuals who have submitted a credential request form will receive notification of credential approval via email by June 14 if not earlier. Credentials must be picked up in person with at least one form of identification in Olympic Valley at the MANDATORY WSER media briefing on Friday, June 28, at 3:45 p.m. on the lawn near the Start Line arch.
  4. Credential usage
    WSER media credentials are non-transferable. They may not be given or loaned to another person. Credentials must be carried by the person named on the credential at all times during the Event. WSER reserves the right to revoke credentials at any time. WSER reserves the right to disqualify a runner whose coverage team has not followed the Run’s rules and regulations.
  5. Credential Access
    Credentials grant access to the following locations:

    Starting line in Olympic Valley;

    Only those aid stations on the WSER course that are open to runners’ crews. Areas/aid stations that are open to media access, therefore, are: Olympic Valley start; Duncan Canyon; Robinson Flat; Dusty Corners, Michigan Bluff, Foresthill, Rucky Chucky (near), Green Gate, Pointed Rocks, No Hands Bridge, Robie Point, Placer High School finish.
    Please note: Due to space limitations and safety concerns at the start line in Olympic Valley and finish line at Placer High School, credential holders must check in with start/finish line managers at both locations and follow directions regarding camera placement locations. Failure to comply with this request will result in immediate expulsion from the area and loss of future credential privileges.
    Aid stations that are not open to runners’ crews are allowed media access only with prior written consent from race organizers.

    Finish line in Auburn.
  6. General Coverage, Policies
    All credential holders must observe the following rules:

    Observe any added instructions included with the credential when issued. It is the credentialed media’s responsibility to be familiar with all issued instructions.

    Keep a respectful distance from any scene of a medical emergency. In the case of a severe injury, or any case requiring rescue or evacuation, efforts will be undertaken by Event personnel using standard protocols. Do not release images or descriptions of these situations or the names of those affected without the specific permission of the Run Director or his/her/they designated on-scene situation manager.

    Respect and adhere to any directions or restrictions from WSER aid station captains and aid station personnel. These directions and restrictions may well exceed or modify the restrictions that were listed on credential instructions or enumerated in previous briefings or conversations. Such instructions are not subject to negotiation, appeal or arbitration.

    Understand that your actions reflect upon the runner you are covering. If you are part of a coverage team whose assignment is to document a specific runner, your failure to follow race instructions and rules could lead to the runner’s disqualification. This includes documenting the race at aid stations where no media access is allowed. Accredited media who fail to adhere to the above guidelines will have their credential confiscated and will run the risk of losing privileges to cover WSER events in the future.
  7. Photographers:
    As a condition of accreditation, images and footage may not be sold to third parties. All photographs taken at the event are solely for use by the organization for which an individual is credentialed, unless he/she is otherwise given written consent by WSER. The use of such photographs for any commercial or merchandising purposes, such as books, posters, cards, or in any medium or manner whatsoever without prior written consent of WSER is prohibited.

Credentials Request Form


    In consideration of the grant to me of the above requested Media Credential, I herby, for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, and anyone else entitled to act on my behalf, WAIVE AND RELEASE the Western States Endurance Run, its board of directors, foundation and all sponsors and their respective agents and representatives, from any and all present future claims and liabilities of any kind, known or unknown, for any personal injury or property damage that I may incur in connection with the 2024 Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run or any related events/activities, even though any such claim or liability may arise out of negligence or fault on the part of any of the foregoing persons or entities.