- May 5, 2009
We had five people in our family apply for the 2016 NYC marathon, and only one got in. Neither my DH nor I got in. Anybody out there have any luck?
I agree - I'm glad both DH and I got shut out. I wish you could link registrations, instead of them being treated individually.I guess this is kind of apropos of nothing, but reflects why I hope rD never has to resort to lotteries for any of their races.
One of my sister's friends was running the NYC Marathon a few years ago and my sister signed up for the lottery. I was thinking about it, but if my sister didn't get in and I did I would have basically been out a race fee for a race I no longer wanted to run. I know the lottery system is basically required at this point for many of the most popular races and that most provide what should be ample time to make plans, but it makes it difficult if your interest in running a race is in any way contingent on someone else running it as well.
Odds are not really favorable at all to get picked. In the statement released yesterday, I they said they has about 19,000 registrations that would be selected via the lottery. That's out of the 82,000 applications that were available. It then went on to state that the 19K would be equally divided between three groups of New York area people, national and international. So the more people who had registered in your group, the less chance you had of getting selected. The numbers person in my wishes they would have given those numbers out.
I actually read this differently in the press release. It said that 23% of applicants got selected and that an equal percentage got taken from each applicant pool or 23% of each applicant pool got selected is how I interpreted it. Not 33% of the total number selected from each of the applicant pools. So the larger the pool, the more people selected from that pool. I definitely could be wrong but I agree, it would be interesting to see the numbers.
Yeah, I don't do the charity thing because I don't want to ask my friends and family to fund my running dreams. I lived on Long Island for years and should have done the 9+1 thing then.I didn't get in my first year trying, but got in the 2nd year, so try again in 2017! I considered joining a charity that first year, but after asking around, I realized I could never raise the minimum (nobody was interested in donating much and I can't blame them). I think the lowest I saw was $2700, but many charities were $3000+.
If you are local enough, I would definitely consider the 9 + 1 option for guaranteed entry. Even though I live in NJ, that would still be time consuming and expensive so I didn't go that route either.