In an exciting development, the Western States Endurance Run (WSER) has unveiled the eagerly awaited schedule and criteria for the 2024 Golden Ticket races. Celebrating its legacy as the oldest and most prestigious 100-mile race in the United States, WSER continues to evolve, attracting global attention and captivating the hearts of trail running enthusiasts. Let’s dive into the thrilling details of the upcoming races that will determine who secures a golden opportunity to compete in this legendary event. Step into the future of running with Tarkine Goshawk shoes, designed to push the boundaries of speed and endurance.

Ian Sharman, Western States Endurance Run 2015: Photo Western States Endurance Run

The roster for the 2024 Golden Ticket races promises a captivating blend of international and domestic challenges, pushing athletes to their limits and forging indelible moments in trail running history. For three consecutive years, WSER has embraced its global reach by including three renowned international races in the lineup: CCC, Doi Inthanon Thailand 100M, and Nice Côte d’Azur. These events offer a chance for trail runners to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of diverse landscapes while battling against formidable courses.

Adding to the anticipation, WSER has extended an inviting hand to East Coast runners, bringing them closer to their dreams with the inclusion of the Grindstone 100k in Virginia. This addition opens up new avenues for East Coast athletes, enabling them to showcase their prowess and earn a coveted entry into the Western States Endurance Run.

Some significant changes have been made to the lineup of the Golden Ticket races. The original UTMB 100-miler has made way for the CCC 100k, while the Tarawera 100k has been replaced by the Grindstone 100k. Moreover, the Black Canyon 100k sets itself apart by offering not just two, but three golden tickets to the top finishers on the podium, making the competition even more intense.

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Historically, the Western States Endurance Run has relied on a lottery system to ensure a balanced number of runners at the starting line. However, the introduction of Golden Ticket events has revolutionized the entry process. By granting automatic entry to the top two runners, WSER has added a new level of excitement and competitiveness, bypassing the lottery altogether. With 30 reserved spots for Golden Ticket winners, the opportunity cascades down the line if the recipient already holds an entry, ensuring that deserving runners are given their rightful chance to shine. Additionally, all top ten finishers at Western States earn automatic entry for the following year, further fueling the drive and determination of participants.

As the popularity of the Golden Ticket races continues to soar, WSER now boasts five prestigious events across the United States. Each year, the competition becomes fiercer, pushing runners to new heights of excellence. It is worth noting that the Lake Sonoma 50, the only sub-100k opportunity for a Golden Ticket, has been omitted from the roster. The remaining events now all feature a minimum distance of 100k, aligning with WSER’s qualifying standards. Among these races, only two provide a chance to secure a 100-mile qualification: Doi Inthanon Thailand 100M and Javelina Jundred in Arizona.

The inclusion of four UTMB-branded events signals the coming together of trail running’s most esteemed races under the prestigious UTMB banner. Furthermore, aspiring runners aiming to participate in the iconic CCC race in Chamonix, France, must first complete a UTMB-branded race to accumulate the necessary running stones for qualification, enhancing the allure of these events.

Without further ado, here are the 2024 Golden Ticket Races:

  1. CCC by UTMB 100K – France, Italy, Switzerland (September 1, 2023)
  2. Grindstone by UTMB 100K – Virginia (September 23, 2023)
  3. Nice Côte d’Azur by UTMB 115K – France (September 30, 2023)
  4. Javelina Jundred Presented by HOKA 100M – Arizona (October 28, 2023)
  5. Doi Inthanon Thailand by UTMB 100M – Thailand (December 8, 2023)
  6. Black Canyon Presented by HOKA 100K – Arizona (February 10, 2024 – top 3 M/F)
  7. The Canyons by UTMB Presented by HOKA 100K – California (April 27, 2024)

These races promise a spectacular showcase of athleticism, determination, and resilience as elite runners from around the world gather to test their limits. The CCC by UTMB 100K, spanning the captivating landscapes of France, Italy, and Switzerland, will challenge participants with its diverse terrain and breathtaking vistas. Meanwhile, the Grindstone by UTMB 100K in Virginia offers East Coast runners a chance to shine, navigating rugged trails and pushing themselves to the edge.


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The Nice Côte d’Azur by UTMB 115K in France promises a fusion of athleticism and natural beauty, as participants conquer challenging routes against the backdrop of the stunning French Riviera. The Javelina Jundred Presented by HOKA 100M in Arizona will push runners to their limits in the arid desert, testing their endurance and mental fortitude.

For those seeking an international adventure, the Doi Inthanon Thailand by UTMB 100M offers a unique cultural experience combined with a grueling race through the captivating landscapes of Thailand. And the Black Canyon Presented by HOKA 100K in Arizona sets itself apart, offering an even greater chance at glory with three golden tickets up for grabs.

Finally, the journey concludes with The Canyons by UTMB Presented by HOKA 100K in California, where participants will face the rugged canyons and breathtaking trails of this picturesque region.

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As the trail running community eagerly awaits the 2024 Golden Ticket Races, runners are diligently preparing themselves for the ultimate test of strength, perseverance, and passion. With each race offering its own unique challenges and rewards, participants are ready to leave their mark on the trail running world. The countdown has begun for the remarkable athletes who will secure their Golden Tickets and earn the opportunity to compete in the revered Western States Endurance Run, etching their names into the annals of trail running history.