The Western States 100 lottery opens up tomorrow. I tried to get in last year, with no luck. Part of me is glad that I didnt. I think WS100 would be an overly ambitious first 100. But now I have two 100s under my belt, and have finished them with decent times. For me, that first 100 was brutal, the lows are really low, and I didnt know how to eat like I do now. That being said, since I did enter last year, apparently I will get an extra ticket in the hat. Last I heard, I will probably have an 11-12% chance of getting picked. Who knows if I will get in, but I am cetainly gonna give it a try. I wont get into too much into the debate about whether WS100 needs to update their lottery process, you can read about that over at http://www.irunfar.com/2011/11/supply-and-demand.html
I do think the best process would be to require a 100 mile finish before allowed to enter the lottery as well as tightening up the qualifying times (sure stratify them by age/gender) at specific races in each region. Anyways, I cannot imagine anything I would rather spend $375.00 on than a chance to run WS. Not to mention plane tickets, car rentals, hotel rooms, etc. It could mean $1000.00.
For those of you interested in WS100, enjoy these videos.