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.