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.
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.
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 ingmarathon.org 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 RunKarlaRun.com, The Washington Times Communities, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.
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