How to Get into the 2016 New York City Marathon

Get a Spot in the World's Biggest Marathon

Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the ING New York City Marathon on November 3, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
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The New York City Marathon is the largest and one of the most popular marathons in the world and getting into it can be almost as hard as running it. The 2016 New York City Marathon will be on Sunday, November 6, 2016, but you need to plan way ahead of that (even before you have to start your training!) to secure your entry. You can get into the New York City Marathon either through their lottery, through guaranteed entry, or through their charity program.

How to Apply for the New York City Marathon Lottery

The New York Road Runners (who organize the marathon) holds a marathon lottery drawing every spring.

The application for the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon will open on January 21, 2016, and will close one month later, on February 21, 2016. Check the TCS New York City Marathon website to apply for the lottery.

How to Get into the New York City Marathon Through the Charity Program

The New York City Marathon's charity program offers runners guaranteed entry and a chance to give back to the community. You just commit to raising money for any of the charities listed on the marathon website and you'll be guaranteed a race entry. Some of the charities offer marathon training in exchange for your fundraising efforts. Get more information on the New York City Marathon's charity partners on their website.

How to Get Guaranteed Entry for the 2016 New York City Marathon

The following groups are eligible for guaranteed entry to the ING New York City Marathon:

  • Members of New York Road Runners who completed at least nine NYRR-scored, qualifying races, and who have volunteered for one event, during the prior calendar year. More about the 9+1 guaranteed entry option.
  • Members of New York Road Runners who completed at least nine NYRR-scored, qualifying races, and who make a $1,000 USD donation in support of NYRR's youth, community, and volunteer programs during the prior calendar year.
  • Entrants in the prior year's New York City Marathon who canceled prior to the race.
  • Those who have completed 15 or more New York City Marathons.
  • Runners who meet the qualifying time standards in a half or full marathon whose results can be certified online. See the Guaranteed Entry page for qualifying times by age and gender.

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