NEW YORK, December 2, 2013 — Lottery applications for the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon and Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, D.C. opened today.
TCS New York City Marathon
Both runners and volunteers can apply to be a part of the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 2, 2014. The event has a new website, tcsnycmarathon.org, along with a new sponsor, Tata Consultancy Services. The Indian technology company signed an eight-year deal to headline the race, taking over for decade-long sponsor ING.
Runners can apply now through March 18 to run in the 44th edition of the world’s largest marathon. Entrants will be chosen through a random drawing in 2014. Volunteers can apply now through July 31.
The 2013 ING New York City Marathon had 50,266 finishers, the most in the history of the sport. More than 100,000 runners are expected to apply for the 2014 race. Approximately 12,000 volunteers will help run the event.
New York Road Runners, which organizes the event (and for which this writer freelances as host of “On The Run”) is offering a Cyber Monday processing fee of $5 now through 11:59 p.m. on Monday December 2. The regular processing fee is $11.
In the age of social media, with a new sponsor comes new handles and hashtags. On Instagram and Twitter, the race’s new handle is @nycmarathon with the hashtag #tcsnycmarathon. The Facebook page is now TCS New York City Marathon.
Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run
Runners can now apply to run the 2014 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk on April 6 in Washington, D.C. The lottery application will be open now through Friday, December 13 at 11:59 p.m.
Entrants can apply either as individuals or as part of a group of up to 10 people. Separate lotteries are held for the 10-mile race and the 5K run-walk. The results of the lottery will be posted on the race’s website, cherryblossom.org, on Tuesday, December 17.
Want to skip the lottery? Register as a Charity Race Entry Participant and raise a minimum of $500 for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals via the official race charity, Credit Unions for Kids. The race has raised more than $6 million for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 2002.
The 2013 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run had 17,532 finishers. The race moved to a lottery system in 2009, after the race sold-out in 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Karla Bruning is host of On The Run, New York Road Runners’ show about running. Her work has been seen in Newsweek, RunnersWorld.com, Active.com, ABC-TV in New York and over two dozen other outlets. She has finished seven marathons and four triathlons. Follow Karla at RunKarlaRun.com.