2013 ING NYC Marathon: Last Chance To Apply

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Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the ING New York City marathon. (Photo: Fergal Carr, via Creative Commons)

Time is ticking to apply for the 2013 ING New York City Marathon lottery. Runners have until 11:59 p.m. EST on May 24 to apply for one of the 47,500 spots in the race on Sunday, November 3. Runners who have a guaranteed entry must also claim their spot by May 24.

New York Road Runners, the organization that puts on the event and one that I freelance for as host of On The Run, will choose participants from the lottery on May 29 through a random draw.

Last year, more than 140,000 people applied for approximately 47,000 starting spots on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, most of which were already allocated to runners who gained bibs through one of the ING NYC Marathon’s guaranteed entry programs: running for charity partners, international travel partners, meeting a qualifying standard, completing NYRR’s 9+1 program, being denied by the lottery the previous three consecutive years, or running the race more than 15 times. Just 15,000 runners gained entry through the lottery, up from 9,000 people in 2011.

Just how many bibs will be available through the lottery this year is unknown. The cancellation of the 2012 ING New York City Marathon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy put the race in an unusual situation. NYRR offered runners registered for the 2012 race three options: take a refund, receive guaranteed entry into the 2013 NYC Half in March, or receive a guaranteed entry into the 2013, 2014 or 2015 marathon.

NYRR said approximately half of the runners opted to take a refund from the organization, while the other half opted to take a guaranteed entry into either the NYC Half or the 2013, 2014 or 2015 edition of the ING NYC Marathon. To make room for lottery applicants this year, NYRR has capped the number of time qualifiers at 2,000 runners.

“Given the accommodation of 2012 marathoners in the 2013 field, the drawing is expected to be smaller than in years past,” said NYRR President and CEO Mary Wittenberg in a statement.

Entry through the lottery is done via three simultaneous drawings: one drawing for people who live within 60 miles of New York City, one for U.S. residents outside that 60-mile radius, and one for non-U.S. residents, including Puerto Rico. The same percentage of applicants will be chosen from each of the three pools at random. For more information on how the lottery is conducted, read this.

Lottery applicants must pay a non-refundable $11 processing fee regardless of whether or not they are chosen.

Handcycle entrants are selected through a different process detailed here.

For more information about how to apply or to fill out an application, visit ingnycmarathon.org. Use the same link for claiming your guaranteed entry.

Karla Bruning is host of On The Run, New York Road Runners’ web show about running. She has finished six marathons, two triathlons and trains with the New York Harriers. Follow Karla at RunKarlaRun.com, The Washington Times Communities, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


05 2013

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  1. 1

    I entered, but I’m secretly hoping to NOT get in this year since I’m doing Marine Corp already…I’m planning on the “not getting in 3 years in a row”, which would put me at 2015, or joining a fundraising team next year since I have a few friends who will be at their 4th year entering next year!
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    • Karla Bruning

      That’s actually a great strategy and one I recommend to people, especially out of towners who don’t have the 9+1 option (which is how I got in twice–did charity a third time).
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  2. 3

    This process is so bonkers to me, but it works for them so they don’t have a reason to change it. I’m curious to see how both NYC and Boston races handle the next runnings, since both were seriously affected by tragedies this past time. I won’t be running NYC this year (I didn’t even apply) but my best friend applied with her super fast half time (I am hoping she gets in) and if she gets in I will be going to cheer for her!
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    • Karla Bruning

      I hope your friend gets in! They capped the time qualifiers at 2,000 to make room for the people who were supposed to run last year. Not sure how they’re deciding which 2,000 qualifiers will get in.
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  3. 5

    I love watching this every year, and if I ever bite the bullet and decide to do a full, I think this would be on my bucket list.
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  4. 7

    Crossing my fingers I make it in! Wednesday can’t get here soon enough.
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