For almost five decades, Western States Endurance Run ( WSER ) has been home to some of the sport’s most stirring and legendary competitions. With more than 1,500 dedicated volunteers helping to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the Run has stirred the spirit of runners from all walks of life, from all over the globe.
Offering the sport’s oldest and most prized possession – a sub-24-hour Sterling silver belt buckle and a sub-30-hour bronze belt buckle – Western States remains one of the undisputed crown jewels of human endurance.
If you have been one of the few lucky people to share in what for many is a once-in-a-lifetime experience of earning a buckle (either during the WSER or the WSTR) , Congratulations! Here are some things to know about it.
1) Your buckle over time will tarnish and change color. This does not affect the integrity of the buckle or material, it is JUST a change in color. The tarnish is actually the result of a chemical reaction between the silver (or bronze) and sulfur-containing substances in the air. If you live some place humid, the discoloration may be worse.
2) If you wear your buckle often, it will most likely get things like scratches, grooves, and general "wear and tear"
3) If you wear your buckle, the bar on the back will get looser as it moves and the tongue (the part that goes into the holes in your belt) may get loose depending on how tight your belt is cinched.
4) Our family comes to the awards ceremony each year to place your name on the back of your award buckle. In the rush and excitement, your name MAY be spelled wrong. This happens very rarely, but if it does, please send it back to us and we will fix it and ship it back to you at no charge.
5) If you need a replacement buckle, please contact Gloria Takagishi and she will help you with the process.
6) These buckles have a 1.5" bar on the back, meaning if you would like to order a belt for your buckle, we recommend choosing a 1.5" wide belt.
7) Every buckle is made by hand, so each one is going to be a little different from the rest of them.
8) The letters on the front of your buckle are hand painted on with black enamel paint. If for some reason you get your buckle around paint thinner, it will take the paint out of the letters.