The Western States Endurance Run is one of the oldest ultra trail events in the world and certainly one of the most challenging.

 The Run is conducted along the Western States Trail starting at Squaw Valley, California, and ending in Auburn, California, a total of 100 miles. The trail ascends from the Squaw Valley floor (elevation 6,200 feet) to Emigrant Pass (elevation 8,750 feet), a climb of 2,550 vertical feet in the first 4½ miles. From the pass, following the original trails used by the gold and silver miners of the 1850’s, runners travel west, climbing another 15,540 feet and descending 22,970 feet before reaching Auburn.

Most of the trail passes through remote and rugged territory, accessible only to hikers, horses and helicopters.


WSER is a key event that has helped Auburn, CA, earn the title of
"Endurance Capital of the World."

Due to the remoteness and inaccessibility of the trail, the Western States Endurance Run differs substantially from other organized runs. Adequate mental and physical preparation are of utmost importance to each runner, for the mountains, although beautiful, are relentless in their challenge and unforgiving to the ill-prepared.

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You are an inspiration

I too had my lower leg crushed in a motorcycle accident when I was 21 years old. I kept the leg for two years, enduring a dozen operations. I was a ten mile a day runner, hoping to be able to just walk again. I saw a piece on Terry Fox and his accomplishments. It inspired me to move on instead if giving in. I had my leg amputated and went on to live a very normal and happy life. You too are that inspiration to pre or post amputee's that Terry Fox was to me 30 years ago. Thanks for all that you do. Arick Stillwagon, Poway, California.

Absolutely Amazing

I saw Amy running Western States. When I saw her, it was dark, down hill, and technical (loose rocks). She was passing people, and doing an amazing job. She managed to pull an impressive finish. Western States is difficult in perfect condition and health. Amy has overcome amazing odds to teach us all what one can do if one is determined.

Amy, you are AWESOME!