The month-long runner entry application for the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon is now open for both guaranteed and non-guaranteed entries and will remain open through Feb. 15, 2018. The race, which is the premier event of New York Road Runners and the largest marathon in the world, will take place on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018.
“We’re excited to welcome runners of all abilities and backgrounds to apply for a chance to participate in the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon,” said Ronnie Tucker, senior vice president of marketing and digital for New York Road Runners.
There are multiple avenues for runners to find their way to the TCS New York City Marathon starting line. As it is such a sought-after event, the draw is the race’s method to decide which participants will toe the line. Runners can get guaranteed entry through NYRR’s popular 9+1 program to running with one of NYRR’s official charity partners.
During the month-long application window, runners who earned guaranteed entry must claim their spot. The non-guaranteed entry drawing is free to enter, and brings together runners of all backgrounds from around the world. Each person may enter the non-guaranteed entry drawing once. The non-guaranteed applicant drawing will be held on Feb. 28, 2018.
Runners can also receive a guaranteed spot in the race by registering to run for NYRR’s Team for Kids. Team for Kids is the TCS New York City Marathon’s largest charity and raises funds for NYRR’s free youth running programs for kids who would otherwise have little or no access to regular physical activity. There are 267,000 youth served nationally through NYRR’s free youth running programs and events, including 134,000 in New York City’s five boroughs.
Last year, 50,773 runners crossed the TCS New York City Marathon, making it the largest marathon in the world in 2017. For the first time in 40 years, an American won the women’s open division, as Shalane Flanagan, running as an NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador, crossed the finish line first in 2:26:53.
Since the first edition of the event in 1970, there have been 1,176,5490 total finishers in New York City Marathon history.
Edited from a press release.