You watched the New York City Marathon runners. Maybe you know some. Maybe you want to join in the fun and run the marathon yourself next year. So how can you be among the 50,000 runners lining up on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge in 2023?
There are several ways to get a marathon bib, but not all options are available for the 2023 race yet.
Ways to Participate in the 2023 New York City Marathon
The drawing: This is both the easiest and the most difficult option. For this year’s race, more than 84,000 runners participated in the draw. Only about 12% were chosen. From February 8 to 22, anyone can enter the lottery and the New York Road Runners, who organize the race, will select the lucky winners on March 1. Pay the entry fee ($295 for non-Road Runners US runners) and you’re in.
Participants are divided into three groups: people who live in New York City or within 60 miles of the city, US residents outside of the New York area, and non-US residents. But since so many people are in the draw, runners need luck to get started on this path.
Run with the New York Road Runners kids team: This is one of two charity options available. Each runner who chooses this pick must raise at least $2,620 for Team for Kids, which supports the organization’s youth and community running programs. Runners also get coaching and some race day benefits, and they can register now.
Running with another charity: The race partners with non-profit organizations to provide charity bibs. Like Team for Kids, runners must raise funds to participate. Minimum amounts vary by charity and can start at $3,000, $4,000, or $5,000. The official list of charities for 2023 has yet to be announced.
Book a visit: Runners outside the United States can book a marathon package that includes race registration with select international tour operators. These packages must include a “travel package,” which may offer airfare, hotel stay, or both, and must be booked through an approved tour operator listed on the website. of the race.
Run a fast half or full marathon: Unlike the Boston Marathon, the New York City Run does not require runners to have run a previous race within a certain time frame in order to compete. But some faster riders can still get around the New York Lottery by setting qualifying times in the 2022 races. It’s a bit trickier. Qualifying times must be run in 2022, and times run in New York Road Runners races take precedence over other competitions. If the race is not organized by the organization, the rider’s time must be verifiable online and the rider must submit this time during the application window in February. Qualifying slots available are first-come, first-served for runners who do not have qualifying times at a Road Runners event, and courses must be certified. The times required vary by age group.
Race 15 times: Once runners have completed the marathon 15 times, they are eligible for guaranteed entry in future years, although handcycle runners and other disabled athletes who have participated in previous races through Achilles International are not eligible. eligible in this category.
Runners who have canceled their 2022 race entry under the official cancellation guidelines can claim guaranteed entry into 2023, but it only works once. If the 2022 entry was a 2021 cancellation, it does not guarantee a second entry.
There are also options to participate if runners are willing to wait until 2024.
Ways to Participate in the 2024 New York City Marathon
Complete the 9+1 program: It’s a common choice among runners who live in or near New York. In a calendar year, if you run nine qualifying New York Road Runners races and volunteer at a qualifying event, often a race, you get entry for the following year. Volunteer options can fill up quickly, especially at the end of the year, so riders who have already run nine races this year, or will do so by the end of December, may not be able to volunteer if they haven’t. Already registered. The count resets January 1 for entry into the 2024 race. Runners must also be active New York Road Runners members by December 31 of the year they complete the 9+1 program.
Run the marathon virtually: There have been several virtual marathon options in recent years, and one offering guaranteed entry the following year. The virtual race must be completed by November 6 and is already sold out, so it is only an option for runners to do in 2023 for the 2024 entry.
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