You may be sad that you missed the 2015 TSC NYC Marathon on Sunday, but don’t sweat it, because there is still time to register (and train...) for NEXT year! 367 days left from today, to be exact. Here are the ways to get into the NYC Marathon, and other details to consider.
How to get into the Marathon:
RUN REALY F*#KING FAST: There are selected USATF certified marathon and half marathon running races you can use to qualify to get into the NYC Marathon. BUT, unlike the majority of us "normal runners", you have to be really damn fast. As in, around a 3 hour marathon. Here are the details and exact qualifying times by age from the NYRR site about times needed to get into the TCS NYC marathon in 2016.
BE REALLY DARN LUCKY (ENTER THE LOTTERY): The NYC Marathon lottery registration forms will be available around mid-January (last year it was Jan 15th) and entering should be the first thing on your 2016 calendar if you are planning to get lucky and get in to run next year. Keep watching the TCS NYC Marathon & NYRR sites for date and detail updates.
Three lottery drawings happen around March for entry in the following groups:
1. NYC-metro area applicants (residents in/within 60 miles of New York City)
2. National applicants (USA residents outside of the NYC-metro area)
3. International applicants (non-United States residents, including Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories)
You can register for the 2016 NYC Marathon lottery by paying a fee of $11. But be sure you really want to try to win because unfortunately, the fee is non-refundable. In a way, this might be a good thing -- if you win a spot, you'll be more motivated to run the actual marathon! Another thing you might have noticed on the NYRR site is that the entry fee differs, depending on whether you are the resident of NYC or not.
WIN A SPOT: All you have to do is give up your email (for some maybe-not-to-annoying marketing) for a chance to win 1 of 100 guaranteed (non-complimentary! doh!) entries to the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon. Enter HERE by December 18!
BE A NYRR MEMBER & DO "9+1": This is how most NYC area runners end up getting into the NYC Marathon. First, join NYRR by December 31...then run 9 races in that year, and volunteer at 1 event (i.e. "9+1"). Then you get a guaranteed spot for the following year. If you add these costs all up, plus the $216 marathon fee, it's not very cheap. BUT, it's fun and you get a spot. (For more on how expensive the NYC Marathon is, check out this interesting article. BUT, it's so fun and worth doing at least once.
JOIN A CHARITY TEAM: This is one of the best ways to do the marathon, IOHO. There are TONS of charity teams that offer guaranteed entry into the NYC Marathon. Even some give you free training, fun events, cool shirts, and new friends for life! The only "catch" is you have to raise money for the charity - usually around $2000-3500 is the minimum, average seems to be $3000. Hey, if you got 300 of your Facebook friends giving $10 each, you're done! (Right: Beth Weinstein running with an Achilles athlete in the 2013 NYC marathon)
Freebies, Getting there & Other Particulars
With pesky details like registration out of the way, let’s talk about the other features of the marathon which make it the hottest running event in NYC. Every runner who signs up will get "freebies" (we use quotes because it's not quite "free", it's part of your $$$ race fee!) like a long sleeve tech tee, a marathon magazine, free water, gatorade, bananas and Powerbar gels on the course. We know you might have a small hoard of ugly race t-shirts collected over the years of running race, but the NYC Marathon shirt is LONG SLEEVED. Which is always nice. You also get "free" transportation to the start either from our friendly NYC MTA via subway to the Staten Island Ferry, or buses from midtown Manhattan. And you get a shiny race medal, snacks, beverages and a heat sheet if you have persevered enough to cross the end line. If you don't check your bag, you can get the coolest running outerwear there is, the TSC NYC Marathon poncho!
What To Consider For The Run?
So, you trained hard for months, ate healthily, bought flattering and comfortable running gear and got the registration done on time. Now what? All the physical and psychological training will pay off in the end. But before that, you must realize that relentless training and exceptional running gear is not the only thing that’s important when it comes to running a marathon. There are many other variables as well.
Here are a few pointers to consider:
- Respect the rights of fellow runners when you are running and ensure their safety if the need arises. Trust in the fact that somebody will do the same for you. City and health management services will be present during the course of the marathon to respond to any kind of emergency. So don’t hesitate to call them if needed.
- Don’t over exert yourself. You may think that you can run a marathon, but in reality, your body or mind might not be ready. Estimate your health and physical abilities before running. It’s not an easy task and must not be taken lightly. Don’t forget that the inspirational stories about successful marathon trainers are all true. They train for a whole year and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle to be able to survive the experience of the NYC Marathon.
- Train, but not so hard that you cause injuries or strains, which may take days to heal. Because if that happens, you can kiss your chances to run in the marathon goodbye. Set achievable goals and measure your progress over time.
- The NYC Marathon is the perfect way to experience the city in a whole new light and to combine the excitement and thrill of running in the marathon with its sights and sounds. Use this opportunity to get a new perspective on things. If you are planning to run in the coming marathon, treat it like a fun experiment and let the cheering from the crowd boost up your spirits. Get photographed with a smile on your face.
Be sure to download our FREE Running Race To Do List & Marathon Packing List here, we guarantee it's the only list you'll ever need. And read our things to do in NYC that don't involve walking much (so you can save your legs!)
There may come a time in the race when you are exhausted and feel like giving up. At these moments, remember all the times you woke up at the crack of dawn to train. Remember the faces of your family members and friends who supported you throughout your quest to complete the marathon. This will strengthen your resolve to finish, and make you go the extra mile to achieve that goal you have worked hard for. One day, you will look back and be proud of completing the NYC Marathon!!