If you haven’t seen, WS RD Greg Soderlund has posted an explanation of the WS lottery process to be held on Dec 5 in Auburn, on the Latest News Page. Thank you, Greg, for clearing up many of the questions that were raised in the comments on my last post. With 465 names to be selected, it looks like, after all the automatics, aid station, sponsor, etc, spots the probability of getting selected is somewhere around 18%.
While I’m naturally an optimistic person and I don’t really want to think about this, I’ve been asked many times, “Craig, what are you going to do if you don’t get selected in the lottery?” While I know the answer they’re looking for is what other 100 I’ll do, I’d like to think they’re asking what I’m going to do at WS instead of run. As many know I have spent more WS race days not racing than racing. There are many ways to enjoy the race. You could help crew and pace a friend or somebody you’ve never met. You can work at an aid station, join the safety patrol, work at the pre-race stuff at Squaw, the finish line at Placer HS, or work as a comm person. You could also work at the training runs in Feb and Memorial Day weekend. While they aren’t recruiting volunteers for the 2010 race yet, check out the volunteer page for more information on volunteering. Wouldn’t it be interesting if WS gets so many volunteers that they have to institute the first ever volunteer lottery?
See you at the lottery on Dec 5. Bring It On!