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Mission Statement


To deliver a world-class ultrarunning experience to every athlete


To be a leader in the sport of ultrarunning and promote its personal and community benefits through trail stewardship, research, and providing a life-changing experience


Set the standard for personal challenge and event organization by embracing innovation while honoring traditionEnsure the safety and well-being of all athletes, volunteers, and crew membersCreate a supportive, inclusive, and welcoming environment
Uphold the highest ethical standards in every action and decisionLead with transparency, cultivate trust, take responsibility for our actionsHave a positive impact on the land and communities we touch and bring people together through a shared passion for running

Land Acknowledgement

The Western States 100-Mile Trail traverses the homelands of the Washoe and Nisenan. We acknowledge the painful history of dispossession and forced removal of Indigenous Peoples from their homelands, and we honor and respect the enduring relationship they have with the land. We recognize and respect their contributions – past, present, and future – and commit to uplifting their voices, experiences, and histories while also working together to build a better future. We ask all of you to treat the lands you visit with the same respect as those who have stewarded them for so many generations.


The Western States Endurance Run Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation. If you would like to donate money to WSER you may do so via the links below. Tax ID 94-2902794.

You can also donate through our Venmo page.