Most people know about the lottery to get into the New York City marathon but few seem to know that there are qualifying standards that will give you a guaranteed spot if you submit a qualifying time and then register by April 30th.
I really cut things close, with being so busy and was trying to register last night at 11 p.m. and ended up utterly confused by the process and the instructions I had received earlier regarding my claim. I sent an email with a plea for help and received an auto-answer saying it might take up to a week to receive a reply. Thus, I was thrilled to check my email a few minutes ago and find a personal reply from a Janet, telling me that I am in!
Nice . .
So there is my quick bit of news and back I go to gala planning. Two days to go!
New York City Marathon Standards for Guaranteed Entry
Runners who meet the following qualifying time standards* in a half or full marathon whose results can be certified online:
|Open (Age 18-39)**||Masters (Age 40+)**|
|Veterans (Age 50+)**||Veterans (Age 60+)**|
|Veterans (Age 70+)**|
* All times must be run at, or faster than, the posted time. Times achieved outside of NYRR races must be verifiable online.
** Your age on the day of the qualifying race.
You must have met the appropriate qualifying time between January 1, 2010 and January 31, 2011 (2011 NYC Half-Marathon and Boston Marathon 2011 times will also be accepted, provided you applied by April 30, 2011). Include the race name and date with your application. Please contact us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you qualify.