How to Enter the New York City Marathon

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Entering the New York City marathon, one of the largest and most prestigious marathons in the world, involves visiting the New York Road Racer's Association Web site in order to enter the race as soon as possible. Enter this important marathon with advice from a competitive runner in this free video on running marathons.

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Hi I'm Beth Kaufman, I'm going to talk about how to enter the New York City marathon. Well congratulations on wanting to run one of the biggest and most prestigious races in the world and especially in the US. It is a tough, tough race to get into because it is very popular. So the first thing you'll want to do is enter as soon as you can. You'll want to go to which is the New York Road Racer's Association and there is where you'll find all of the information on entering the race, you'll find all the information about when you can start to register, when it is open, you'll find information about the course there, you'll find information about lodging, travel, they even have a lot of training tips and if you're in the New York City area, they give you opportunity to meet with and train with them and they'll have long runs throughout the year. But again, what you'll want to do is you'll want to check that website as soon as possible so that you can enter as soon as you know you want to run that marathon. If you have already run a marathon and you're a pretty speedy gal or guy, you might be able to qualify to get immediate entrance into the marathon based on your running time. So make sure that you have those times on hand when you go to enter into the marathon. Of course before you even want to enter the marathon, make sure that you have begun training for the marathon and that you are familiar with the type of temperature that's going to be during the New York City marathon. So be prepared for it to be kind of chilly out since it is in November every year. While some elites are always accepted into the marathon and if you have a certain time you may be able to get into the marathon, but almost everyone else is gets into the marathon through a lottery. So even if you are the very first person to enter your information online to get into the marathon does not guarantee that you will get into the marathon. But make sure that you get in there then when they do the lottery they will contact you to let you know that you have made it into this prestigious race. If you are disabled or plan on using a wheelchair or enter the wheelchair race, you'll want to contact the Achilles Club and that's at and there you'll find information about how you can get into the New York City marathon. So although the New York City marathon is based on a lottery for you to be able to get into the marathon, there are opportunities for you to get a guaranteed entrance. One of them would be to commit to run for charity or also to run in their champion circle which you can find out more about at If you agree to commit 2,500 dollars to their developmental program, you'll be guaranteed an entrance into the race. So that's some information on how to get into the New York City marathon.


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