By Seth Fera-Schanes
Getting ready for a big race takes time, a lot of practice and some advanced logistical planning. If the race you are preparing for is the New York City marathon then the logistics are especially important.
The annual marathon that spans all five of the city’s boroughs is the largest marathon in the world with over 50,000 racers. Participants and their supporters come into the city from all over the world. And on the first Sunday each November, the city is given over to this greatest of pursuits.
So, how does one go about participating in the marathon (aside from a lot of training, of course.)
1. Register for the lottery. You must submit your application between January 15th and February 15 in 2015. The processing fee for each application is $11. Note (if you get into the race expect to pay over $200 for the race entry fee) Something to keep in mind but if you are determined to run the nyc marathon, you can start saving now.
Given the size of this event, more people apply than can be selected. It is possible that your application will not be accepted in the general lottery. If this happens to you, there are other options to get into the race (and they do take time and an effort on your part.)
2. Time qualifier. This option is available but geared toward people who are running other marathons during the year and putting up qualifying times for the NYC marathon.
3. Become a member of the New York Road Runners organization. You must register for the NYRR before the end of the year (which has passed so you will have to plan this for 2016.) In addition to joining the group you must run in 9 races during the year and volunteer at one event. This is a good option because the New York Road Runners are a great group and running in their races will help prepare you for the marathon.
4. Charity and raising money. Helping others and participating in one of the greatest marathons in the world. What could be better?
Below are a few pictures about 200 meters from the finish line at the 2014 New York City Marathon.