Run the 2013 ING New York City Marathon for charity

The marathon's lottery is over, but you can still get into the race. Here's how. Photo: ING New York City Marathon AP/ Jason DeCrow

NEW YORK, May 31, 2013 — Didn’t get into the 2013 ING New York City Marathon? You can still run the largest marathon in the world by running for one of its 260 official charity partners.

Largest Race, Smallest Lottery

Nearly 100,000 people applied for one of the 48,000 bibs in the race that will take place Sunday, November 3. It’s expected to be the largest in the event’s history. More than 33,000 runners applied via the random draw lottery that was held Wednesday, May 29. Only 4,500 runners nabbed spots through the drawing, compared with 15,000 last year.

This year’s lottery was much smaller than in years past thanks to the cancelation of the 2012 ING New York City Marathon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. New York Road Runners, the organization that puts on the race and one that I freelance for as host of On The Run, offered runners registered for the 2012 race three options: take a refund, receive guaranteed entry into the 2013 NYC Half in March, or receive a guaranteed entry into the 2013, 2014 or 2015 marathon. NYRR said approximately half of the runners opted to take a refund.

NYRR announced Wednesday that the 2013 field of 48,000 will include 19,000 runners originally slated to run the 2012 race. Another 4,500 runners made it in through the lottery, 8,000 got bibs through NYRR’s 9+1 program for local runners, 2,000 runners met a time qualifying standard, and 8,200 spots are reserved for runners affiliated with charity partners.

The remaining spots go to runners who’ve completed the race more than 15 times, applicants who have been denied by the lottery the previous three consecutive years, and international travel partners; 19,000 of this year’s runners will be coming from overseas.

Run For Charity

Runners who still want a spot in the race can run for one of the marathon’s official charity partners. Approximately 8,200 participants will run for one of 260 charity groups in exchange for fundraising a set amount. Most fundraising minimums range from $3,000 to $5,000 depending on the organization. Many charities are actively looking for runners now.

Charities are categorized by their level of involvement with the race. Gold and Silver charities offer race-day perks like transportation and a tented start area. Many charities at all levels offer other incentives like training programs, teams uniforms, group runs and more. Contact each charity individually to find out what they offer.

Gold Charities

Team for Kids

NYRR Champion’s Circle

Fred’s Team—Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Silver Charities

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Hope for Warriors

Boston Children’s Hospital Trust

American Cancer Society

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

Thomas G. Labrecque Foundation

Children’s Tumor Foundation

U.S Fund for UNICEF

Campaign for Female Education CAMFED

Boomer Esiason Foundation

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Team Continuum Inc.

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

ING Run For Something Better

Bronze Charities

Another 86 charities fall into the bronze category supporting causes as varied as cancer prevention, youth fitness programs, free arts programs, veterans groups, animal advocacy, and many more. One of the newest charities to the program is the United States Olympic Committee, which gives runners a chance to support Team USA and become a part of Team USA. For a complete list of all Bronze charities, visit here.

Community Level Charity Partners

Another 159 smaller Community Level Charity Partners also offer runners bibs for the 2013 ING New York City Marathon. For a complete list, visit here.

To run the ING New York City Marathon for charity, runners must register for the race via the individual non-profit organization. Visit to learn more.

Karla Bruning is host of On The Run, New York Road Runners’ web show about running. She has finished six marathons, two triathlons and trains with the New York Harriers. Follow Karla at, The Washington Times Communities, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.

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Karla Bruning

Karla Bruning is the host of On The Run, a TV and web show from New York Road Runners. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, American Athlete Magazine,,, The Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Orlando Sentinel, and two dozen other outlets including ESPN2, Universal Sports and ABC in New York. She and her work have also received mentions from The New York Times, Runner's World, Fox Sports, Canadian Running, The Baltimore Sun, and PBS among others. She also covered the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver for The Washington Times.


A former Newsweek reporter, Karla has won a Fulbright scholarship for American journalists and reporting grants from the Scripps Howard, Carnegie and Knight Foundations. Karla holds degrees from Amherst College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.


When not pounding the pavement as a reporter, Karla is pounding the pavement as a runner. She has completed seven marathons, four triathlons, trains with the New York Harriers and is a member of New York Road Runners. She is a writer, editor, and on-camera reporter dedicated to covering the sport of running from a runner’s perspective. Find Karla on, Twitter@KBruning, Facebook and Google+.

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