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2010 Western States 100 Lottery Results

western-states-100-luckThe 2010 Western States 100 lottery is final! The Western States trail run is probably one of the most prestigious ultramarathon races in the United States. To acquire a cherished slot into this event, requires significant luck, really fast feet, or significant lack of luck.

There are a total of 465 entrants allowed into the 2010 event and 270 of them will be presented to lottery entrants. The remaining slots go to top finishers (really fast), two-time losers (the unlucky = lucky), and athletes/organizations with special relationships with the event.

Do You Feel Lucky?

The lottery drawing is held in Auburn California and had around 150 ultra athletes in attendance. You do not have to be in attendance to get a slot.

Based on the number of entrants, athletes had a 17% chance of hearing their name. This is not the ugliest odds but definitely not a guarantee.

Western States legend, Tim Twietmeyer, announced the first two lottery winners which had to be a real buzz.

Sheri Okamoto was the first person picked that was in attendance so she took home a pair of Montrail shoes (men’s/women’s) as well. Nice! All other lottery winners in attendance also took home a pair of stylish Moeben arm sleeves.

With 10 final lottery spot left, something interesting occurred. The lottery organization announced the remaining spots will be selected from those in attendance. The tension mounted with 117 athletes yearning for the remaining slot. Those in attendance now had an 8.5% change of getting in which is lower than the original odds but quite a bit higher than those not in attendance (0%).

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and then it was over.

So Who Got In?

Here are the list of south midwest regional athletes that are going to play in the dirt at the 2010 Western States 100 on June 26-27. (Just from looking at the list and typing the following names, I could feel my own excitement for those that are fortunate enough to be selected.)

  • Jamie Anderson – AR
  • Quent Bearden – TX
  • Henry Bickerstaff – OK
  • David Brown – TX
  • Thomas Chapin – AR
  • David Coats – TX
  • Joe Constantino – TX
  • Jen Foster – AR
  • Andrew Garnett – TX
  • Paul Goodwin – TX
  • Elizabeth Howard – TX
  • Brian Jackson – LA
  • Karen Martin – AR
  • Lynnor Matheney – TX
  • Cindy Melder – TX
  • Mark Sobus – TX
  • Hal Taylor – TX
  • Meredith Terranova – TX
  • Fred Thompson – TX

The south midwest region represents 7% of the lottery slots with a total of 19 athletes.

You can also check out the complete list here: 2010 Western States 100 lottery winners

2009 Recap:

If you aren’t familiar with the 2009 race, you can check out my Western States 100 recap and well as a fun to read race report.

Congrats  to all those that received a Western States slot. For those that were not as lucky, we are fortunate to have some amazing events throughout this country. Go get some!

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

(Photo: Courtesy of lusi)

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

2 Responses to “2010 Western States 100 Lottery Results”

  1. on 08 Dec 2009 at 9:51 am Blaine Moore

    I was too sick to go to the lottery party and pie baking contest that we hold for the drawing here in Maine, but when I did check I was a little confused at first by seeing Jamie Anderson’s name on the list.

    Of course, it’s a different Jamie Anderson. My buddy Jamie was supposed to run 2 years ago and found out when he got off the plane that the race was canceled. Last year he had a stress fracture and didn’t finish. This year I hadn’t thought he’d put his name in the hat so I was confused to find his name but neither of the other guys that I knew were trying to get in.

    Of course, then I noticed where the Jamie that got in was from and it made a bit more sense. None of us Mainers made it in though, which is too bad. Hopefully one of them gets in next year.

  2. on 08 Dec 2009 at 3:26 pm David Hanenburg

    Blaine – Hope you feel better. I really wasn’t trying to confuse you…or was I?!? 😉