The next NYC Marathon in fall seems so far away right now. Most runners plan their race schedule for the upcoming year right now though. Are you planning on running the NYC Marathon? On November 3, the most iconic and greatest marathons in world will happen again and today I will outline several options for you how to get a ticket for the NYC Marathon.
How to get into the NYC Marathon?
In 2018 the NYC Marathon counted a record-breaking number of 52,812 finishers. According to NYRR they have a notoriously selective system, that makes it one of the hardest marathons to get into. How to get into the NYC Marathon? There are several ways, but let’s get the facts straight first:
What are the odds to get into the NYC Marathon?
According to several newspaper articles that I have read the odds to get into the NYC Marathon are around 16-18 %. In 2017 for example, 98,247 runners applied for the NYC Marathon, the NYC Marathon lottery drew 16,211 (16.5%). So let’s be real, the odds aren’t too great. But you have a few more options: Let me explain!
Ways to get into the NYC Marathon
On Monday, January 14, through Valentins Day, runners can apply for an entry to the NYC Marathon 2019. If your goal is to run the NYC Marathon this year, these are your option on how to get into the race:
- The NYC Marathon lottery
As explained above the NYC Marathon lottery is one of the hardest ways to get in and the NYC Marathon lottery odds are at like 16-18%. Here is a link to the NYC Marathon lottery 2018. I would always try my luck regardless. If the NYC Marathon lottery doesn’t work out, proceed to other ways to get into the race.
- Run for Team for Kids
Running for Team for Kids is a really great way to get into the NYC Marathon. I’ve done it before and it was pretty easy to raise $2620 for a great cause. If you’re having a great network and a supportive family and friends, you will be able to get your ticket for the NYC Marathon with Team for Kids for sure. Here are more infos about Team for Kids and how their fundraising works.
- Run for another charity partner
Beside Team for Kids there are several other charity partners, that will be a great opportunity to beat the NYC Marathon Lottery and get your entry for the NYC Marathon. If you want to run for charity, please read the list of the official charity partners for the NYC Marathon this year.
- Participate in NYRR’s 9+1 Program
If you’re local I would always recommend doing the 9+1 program with NYRR. You have to run 9 races with NYRR that are “qualifier” for your 9+1 program and you have to volunteer at a NYRR event within the same year. So let’s say you want to run in 2020, you would have to do your 9+1 program in 2019.
Now they also offer the 9+ $1K program where you have to run 9 races with NYRR. After completing these 9 races you will have to donate $1000 for youth running or community services here in NYC instead of volunteering. Check out their website for more information on this.
- International travel partner for the NYC Marathon
You didn’t get into the race through the NYC Marathon lottery and you live abroad? Great, because then you still have the chance to get into the NYC Marathon with an international travel partner. A lot of my followers from Germany or other countries book their trip to the NYC Marathon with international travel partners. My favorite Travel Partner is Ali Schneider Marathonreisen from Germany.
The way it works is, they charge your for the trip and the bib for the marathon. There’s no need for you to stick with a travel group or anything like that. You’re completely on your own. Do some research depending on your origin which international travel partner for the NYC Marathon is the best fit for you.
- Have 15+ NYC Marathons under your belt
The NYC Marathon lottery won’t be needed for you if you ran 15 or more NYC Marathons in your running career. This makes you eligible to enter every time now as long as you want.
- Qualify based on time
Another way to beat the NYC Marathon lottery is to run fast. There are several NYRR races like the the Fred Lebow Manhattan Half, NYC Half, Women’s Half-Marathon, Brooklyn Half, Staten Island Half, or the New York City Marathon that could get you a ticket for the NYC Marathon depending on your gender, age and finishing time. Here is a list of the NYC Marathon qualifying times. Do you need to qualify for the NYC Marathon? No! But if you’re happen to be as fast as the qualifying time standards for the race, why wasting time on the NYC Marathon lottery?
- Be an elite runner
If you’re an elite runner it is most likely the case that you will receive an invitation to run the NYC Marathon.
Good for them because they don’t have to deal with the NYC Marathon lottery, or any other ways to get into the NYC Marathon.
- Claim a deferred entry
It has happened to me before that I had to defer a marathon entry. Luckily it wasn’t NYC, but the way it works is the same.
If you claim a deferred entry for the NYC Marathon all you have to do is to pay the entry fee again and you have your entry for the upcoming NYC Marathon.
Now you’re wondering what is the entry fee for the NYC Marathon? It is for U.S. residents (those who live in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia) and NYRR members $216; for Non-members: $255 and for Non-U.S. residents (including Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories): $347.
The NYC Marathon Lottery: My conclusion
As you can see there a so many ways to get into the NYC Marathon. In 2018 NYRR even offered to run a virtual 26.2 miles race to guarantee your entry in 2019. I haven’t seen anything about this for 2020 yet, but I will keep you updated.
All roads lead to Rome, right? Same with the NYC Marathon – good luck in finding your own way how to get into the NYC Marathon.