Lottery

The White Mountains 100 Lottery and How It Works

The interest in the WM100 since the inaugural year in 2010 has increased beyond our expectations. The entries received the first two years greatly exceeded the number allowed by our Bureau of Land Management permit. This years limit is 85 slots.

The registration process became a “race” in itself as entries were received either online or through the mail on a first-come, first-serve basis. This resulted in an unfair advantage to applicants with a speedy internet connection or the convenience of directly dropping an entry form into our mailbox.

Therefore, a lottery has been instituted in an effort to provide the fairest means possible of choosing the starting field. The registration period for the lottery will be open for 2 weeks (see below), which will eliminate the rush to submit entry forms for the race. In addition, this process will not discriminate against applicants based on their internet speed, for those that may not have internet access when registration opens, etc. A 2 week registration period should provide adequate time for individuals to find a computer (or a friend with a computer) and register for the race.

The WM100 race directors have elected to reserve a number of slots for certain individuals. Below is a summary of reserved spots:
    • Record holders (6)
    • Last year's winners (6)
    • Volunteer Slots (~10)
    • Sponsorship Slots (5 slots, cost $500 + registration)
    • Invitational Slots (5)
    • Lottery Slots (55 + # of not filled slots from other categories)
All individuals that qualify for a reserved spot on the roster MUST complete the online application at UltraSignup.com and observe the same deadlines as those imposed for all other registrants during the lottery registration period. In the case that a top male or female finisher does not submit an entry form for the WM100 during the 2 week registration window, their reserved slot will be forfeited. Should it become an issue as to the definition of a volunteer (i.e. number of hours given, pre-race volunteers versus during race), the race directors will have the ultimate discretion. The intent is to show our appreciation for the significant amount of time and effort that our volunteers have given to make this race successful.

On November 16th, applicants’ names will be put into subdivision-based (Ski, Bike, Run). The 85 available slots will be divided up based on percentage of registrants per subdivision (e.g. if 100 people register and 60% are bikers, 30% skiers and 10% runners, then there will be 51 biker slots, 25 skiers slots and 9 runners slots). This allows for equal chance of entry per subdivision. From each subdivision, names will be drawn at random.  There will be separate wait-lists for each subdivision. After the first 85 slots are filled, the remaining names will determine the order of each of the three wait-list rosters.  

Lottery Registration period: November 1st at 12:01 AM through November 15 at 11:59 PM (Alaska daylight time)

The lottery entrants for the 2017 race can be found on the 2017 Lottery Entrants page.