First off, thank you so much for your thought-provoking comments on yesterday’s post! I do think that runners support each other and welcome newcomers for the most part. I just wanted to highlight a trend (that may be growing) and was a bit frustrated as you could probably tell.
So on to today’s big news:
I didn’t get in to the 2012 NYC Marathon through the lottery. Just like I didn’t last year.
Big shocker, right. That sucks.
But I must have read the new rules wrong because I thought I was one year too late to get in by the 3-consecutive entry year rule. After re-reading it I realize that I just eeeked in through that rule and if I don’t get picked again next year by the lottery then I will definitely be able to run it in 2014.
Qualifying by being denied entry three consecutive times. In the past, applicants to the marathon have been eligible for guaranteed entry if they have been denied entry three years in a row. This policy will be gradually eliminated. Applicants denied entry for the three years 2009-2011 will be eligible for guaranteed entry in 2012. Applicants denied entry for the three years 2010-2012 will be eligible for guaranteed entry in 2013. Applicants denied entry for the three years 2011-2013 will be eligible for guaranteed entry in 2014. Applicants denied entry for the three years 2012-14 will not be eligible for guaranteed entry in 2015.
Oh happy day!!!!!! I’m totally fine not running it this year because I’m already signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon, another race that is difficult to get into because it sells out so fast. I can certainly wait until 2014 because there are many other races I want to do that will fill my calendar.
So there is a silver lining to this deal 🙂
Are you running the New York City Marathon this year? Did you get in through the lottery? Qualify? (by the way, as of next year they’re making it dramatically more difficult to qualify…the half marathon qualifying times are changing from 1:37 to 1:27 for my age group. Yikes!)
Have you ever run the NYCM? Do you want to?