The top two individual finishers for both the men’s and women’s races in the annual series of HOKA Golden Ticket Races automatically qualify for entry into Western States.
In 2020, Golden Ticket Races were held at the Bandera 100K in January and the Black Canyon 100K in February before the remaining three races of the series were cancelled/postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The runners who qualified for entry at Bandera and Black Canyon will be rolled over to Western State’s 2021 entrant’s list, leaving 12 Golden Tickets from the three cancelled races unused.
In 2021, there will be three races in the HOKA Golden Ticket series where the top two (2) female and top two (2) male finishers in each of the three individual races will automatically qualify for entry into the 2021 Western States 100 event. In the case that the first, or second place participant is already in Western States (or decides to opt out), the automatic bid will slide to third place, fourth place, and subsequently down to fifth place as needed (no places below fifth will be accepted). Winners will receive their invitation via email and have two weeks from the qualifying race to complete the registration, including paying the entry fee.
HOKA ONE ONE Bandera 100k, 1/9/21
Black Canyon 100k, 2/13/21
The Canyons Presented by HOKA ONE ONE 100k, 4/24/21
2020 HOKA Golden Ticket Races
HOKA ONE ONE Bandera 100k, 1/11/20
- Ailsa Macdonald
- Michelle Magagna
- Drew Holmen
- Alex Nichols
Black Canyon 100k, 2/15/20
- Camille Herron (already in WSER)
- Cecilia Flori
- Stephanie Auston
- Hayden Hawks (already in WSER)
- Charlie Ware
- Elliot Cardin