Marathon running is alive and well in New York City. Wednesday was the 2020 TCS NYC Marathon lottery draw, and the drawing saw a shocking 185,000 entrants–50 per cent higher than in 2019. Only 4,262 (or two per cent) of the lottery entrants were given a spot on the race’s start line this November.
And it’s not just the lottery that received huge interest, 2020 guaranteed entry claims were also the highest in history, up 20 per cent from 2019. Runners are able to guarantee entry by achieving a certain standard in the full or the half (similar to Boston).
UPDATE – The 2020 #TCSNYCMarathon non-guaranteed entry drawing is complete. Of the record-breaking number of 185,332 people entered in the drawing, 4,262 runners were accepted to run in the 50th anniversary edition.
— NYRR Media Relations (@nyrrnews) February 26, 2020
In honour of the race’s 50th anniversary, the 2020 NYC Marathon will be recognized by showcasing the marathon’s history and the impact it has had on New York City and millions of people around the world. Approximately 53,000 runners are expected to take part in the historic race.
The race is set to go on November 1, 2020. The date is important to note because this world major is only three months following the Olympic Marathon, making the turn around do-able, but unlikely for many of the world’s top runners.