Saturday, December 5, 2009

It Is Western States 100 Lottery Day

It is here.  Today, at 9:00 AM PST at Placer Union High School in Auburn, California, the 2010 Western States 100 lottery will take place.  It is anticipated that 1,520 runners will be in the lottery "hat".  Of those 1,520 runners only 280 will be selected to run in the 2010 Western States 100 (although the actual number will likely be closer to 290 or 300 depending on how many "invitees" accept invitations to run).

Scott Dunlap's post on Thursday titled "An Ode to the Lottery Gods" basically sums up most applicant's thoughts heading into the lottery.  Scott's post is below.  Best of luck to everyone in the lottery.

Oh, great lottery Gods

Those who control my destiny

You awesome powers who choose my fate

Who in one act of will, make me a participant in Western States, Miwok, Ironman Hawaii, Way Too Cool, or none of the above

Your gifts fills my life with adventure, my soul with new experience and friends, and my calendar with endless workouts that build perseverance and gratitude

I honor thy choice with this promise

To respect the event(s) you choose by living them fully

To train to the best of my ability, and put it on the line on the chosen day

To meet every smiling face at the start, at every aid station, and at the finish, and return those smiles with authentic appreciation

By taking pictures, retelling stories endlessly, so that your legends live on

Or perhaps to honor the gift of being chosen for none of the above

And be forced to seek new races and adventures to fill my soul in unexpected ways

I will respect your guidance, and the wisdom of your blessings

But please make it Western States ;-)

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