Didn’t get into the 2013 ING New York City Marathon? You can still run the largest marathon in the world by running for one of its 260 official charity partners.
I’ve run the race three times—once for charity—and can honestly say it’s the most amazing race I’ve ever done. It’s a must add to any marathoner’s bucket list.
Largest Race, Smallest Lottery
The 2013 ING New York City Marathon is expected to be the largest in the event’s history with 48,000 runners.
This year’s lottery was much smaller than in years past thanks to the cancellation of the 2012 ING New York City Marathon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. New York Road Runners, the organization that puts on the race and one that I freelance for as host of On The Run, 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.
The 2013 field of 48,000 will include 19,000 runners originally slated to run the 2012 race. More than 33,000 runners applied via the random draw lottery that was held Wednesday, May 29. Only 4,500 runners nabbed spots through the drawing, compared with 15,000 last year. Another 8,000 got bibs through NYRR’s 9+1 program for local runners (which is how I got into the race in 2008 and 2010), 2,000 runners met a time qualifying standard, and 8,200 spots are reserved for runners affiliated with charity partners.
The remaining spots go to runners who’ve completed the race more than 15 times, applicants who have been denied by the lottery the previous three consecutive years, and international travel partners; 19,000 of this year’s runners will be coming from overseas.
Run For Charity
You can still toe the line in Staten Island in November. Approximately 8,200 participants will run for one of 260 charity groups in exchange for fundraising a set amount. Most fundraising minimums range from $3,000 to $5,000 depending on the organization. Many charities are actively looking for runners now.
Charities are categorized by their level of involvement with the race. Gold and Silver charities offer race-day perks like transportation and a tented start area. Many charities at all levels offer other incentives like training programs, teams uniforms, group runs and more. Contact each charity individually to find out what they offer. Here are the participating charities for 2013:
Another 86 charities fall into the bronze category supporting causes as varied as cancer prevention, youth fitness programs, free arts programs, veterans groups, animal advocacy, and many more.
One of the newest charities to the program is the United States Olympic Committee, which gives runners a chance to support Team USA and become a part of Team USA. Perks of running for the USOC include access to U.S. Olympians and Paralympians for advice and support, Olympic apparel and equipment, and health and training tips from the USOC’s staff of experts.
For a complete list of all Bronze charities, visit here.
Another 159 smaller Community Level Charity Partners also offer runners bibs for the 2013 ING New York City Marathon. For a complete list, visit here.
To run the ING New York City Marathon for charity, runners must register for the race via the individual non-profit organization. Visit ingmarathon.org to learn more.
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.