TCS New York City Marathon lottery draw today

Today is the day 19,000 lucky people find out whether they got into the New York City marathon

February 27th, 2019 by | Posted in Runs & Races | Tags: , , ,

It might be the only time Canadians are thrilled to see an almost $500 charge on their credit card statement: today is the day lottery entrants find out whether they’re successfully entered into the TCS New York City Marathon

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New York City Marathon Stoppage
Photo: Canadian Running

If you’ve ever tried to get into the New York Marathon via the lottery, you know the anticipation (and for many, disappointment) inherent in the experience. Last year, fewer than 16,000 entrants were selected from the lottery, with more than 100,000 people competing for those spots. (The race has approximately 50,000 finishers. The remaining spots are filled by people who receive guaranteed entry through qualifying times, and those who run with a registered charity.) 

The NYRR will be sending out emails throughout the day to notify successful candidates of their acceptance into the race. It cautions that not everyone will find out their status at the same time. 

Three things will happen to let successful candidates know they’re in: their credit card will be charged for the race fee (around $485 for Canadians this year), they’ll receive a confirmation acceptance email from the NYRR by the end of the day, and their status on MyNYRR will change to “accepted” by the end of the day.

New York City Marathon Canadians
Photo: courtesy of NYRR

The NYRR manages the geographic diversity of the marathon by selecting entrants from three different applicant pools: those who live within 60 miles (96K) of New York City, those who live in the US and its territories but outside the NYC area, and international applicants (which includes Canadian residents). Though international applicants make up around 30 per cent of the lottery-selected portion of the field, in 2018 only 15 per cent of the total international applicants were drawn.

New York City Marathon Stream
2017 women’s elite start. Photo: courtesy of NYRR

Runners may qualify for guaranteed entry with a marathon or half-marathon qualifying time during the qualifying period. Here are the current qualifying times (qualifying times refer to chip or net time, not gun time). As at the Boston Marathon (where qualifying time is the primary method of entry), qualifying times at New York have occasionally been lowered over the years due to rising numbers of applicants.

Men’s Standards:

Age

Marathon

Half-marathon

18-34

2:53:00

1:21:00

35-39

2:55:00

1:23:00

40-44

2:58:00

1:25:00

45-49

3:05:00

1:28:00

50-54

3:14:00

1:32:00

55-59

3:23:00

1:36:00

60-64

3:34:00

1:41:00

65-69

3:45:00

1:46:00

70-74

4:10:00

1:57:00

75-79

4:30:00

2:07:00

80+

4:55:00

2:15:00

 

Women’s Standards:

Age

Marathon

Half-marathon

18-34

3:13:00

1:32:00

35-39

3:15:00

1:34:00

40-44

3:26:00

1:37:00

45-49

3:38:00

1:42:00

50-54

3:51:00

1:49:00

55-59

4:10:00

1:54:00

60-64

4:27:00

2:02:00

65-69

4:50:00

2:12:00

70-74

5:30:00

2:27:00

75-79

6:00:00

2:40:00

80+

6:35:00

2:50:00

 

For complete information on the lottery drawing procedure, click here