Run TCS New York City Marathon 2015 For Charity

Run the TCS New York City Marathon 2015 For Charity

Runners enter the Queensboro Bridge en route to Manhattan at the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon. (Credit: Courtesy NYRR)

Didn’t get into the TCS New York City Marathon 2015 through the random draw that took place Tuesday, March 3? You can still be among the 50,000 runners on November 1, 2015 at the world’s largest 26.2-mile race. NYRR—who I work for as a race announcer—has opened entries to their Charity Running Program for 2015. The race will celebrate its 45th running.

Of the 80,080 drawing applicants, 14,326 runners gained entry into the race. That’s a 56 percent increase over 2014. If you missed your chance, you can get a guaranteed entry through one of the 300 official charity partners this year. Some 8,500 runners raised a record $34.5 million for charities at the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon.

Actress Natalie Dormer of Game of Thrones, Hunger Games, and Tudors fame will be running the marathon as an NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador. As the race’s largest charity, the group raises money for NYRR’s free youth running programs serving 200,000 students locally and nationally who otherwise have little access to physical activity. Dormer last ran the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon in 3:50.57. Find out more about running with Dormer and Team For Kids at

The 2014 TCS New York City Marathon was the largest marathon in history with 50,530 finishers from 130 countries running the Big Apple’s five boroughs. This year, nearly 130,000 runners will apply to run race through guaranteed and non-guaranteed entries, like the random draw, time qualifications, charity entries, and travel partners.

TCS New York City Marathon 2015 Charity Partners

Runners will be asked to raised a set amount of money in exchange for guaranteed entry into the race. Contact each group individually for more information or to register with them. More charities may be added throughout the spring. Find more info about the race’s charity program at

Gold Charities

Gold level charities provide runners with race day perks and a VIP experience.

Silver Charities

Silver level charities provide runners with race day perks including race day transportation and a tented start area.

Bronze Charities

The 80+ bronze level charities provide guaranteed entry into the race and may include other perks. Visit for a searchable list by name and type of cause.

Community Charities

The 175 community level charities offer guaranteed entry into the race. Visit for a searchable list by name and type of cause.

International Travel Partners

International runners can also gain entry into the race through International Travel Partners. Visit the link for providers in your country.

I freelance for NYRR as a race announcer and host of “On The Run.” As always all opinions are purely my own. For more information, read my Disclosure policy.

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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.


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  1. 1

    I managed to make it in again via the lottery — don’t ask me HOW! — but this is really good to know. My lottery luck will inevitably run out, and since I am now officially obsessed with this race (I want to run it EVERY SINGLE YEAR FOREVER AND EVER), I think it would be awesome to earn my way in by supporting one of these incredible charities one year. Thanks for the info! :)
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    • Karla Bruning

      Congrats!! That really is amazing that you made it in two years in a row! I ran NYC for the first time with a charity and it was a really fulfilling experience.

  2. 3

    I missed out and didn’t get drawn. I am going to wait until next year and if I don’t get in then I will run for charity.
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    • Karla Bruning

      Sorry to hear that! The first time I ran NYC was with a charity. It was a great experience!

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