The New York City Marathon is the latest of the World Major Marathons to announce its plans to host an in-person event this year, signaling an at least partial return to normal. The NYRR announced via Twitter on Monday that the race will be held on November 7 with a cap of 33,000 participants.
— TCS New York City Marathon (@nycmarathon) May 17, 2021
While 33,000 may sound like a lot, it is still a far cry from the race’s usual participation numbers. In 2019, the city hosted over 53,000 runners, making it the largest marathon in the world. This year’s cap will cut down on the number of runners by nearly a third, but it will still be one of the largest public gatherings in North America since the start of the pandemic.
How to get in
Registration opens on June 8, but will be restricted to only certain groups of runners. According to the NYRR website, runners who participated in the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon resolution and ranked 2021 as their top choice have guaranteed entry, which includes runners impacted by the 2020 race cancellation, 2020 9+1 qualifiers and 2020 Virtual TCS New York City Marathon finishers. Runners who have completed 15 or more New York City Marathons also have guaranteed entry.
If you aren’t a part of any of those groups, you can still gain entry by signing up to fundraise with NYRR Team for Kids, one of NYRR’s charity partners, or through an official International Tour Operator. There will not be a lottery entry as there is in typical years. Runners who are eligible to gain entry to the race have until June 15 to claim their entry.
For more information about how to register, head over to the NYRR website.