The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of New York Road Runners.In the Spring of 2013, I took a chance and applied for the New York City Marathon. The chances of getting in were slim but I knew the second I hit submit that my name would somehow magically appear in the acceptance group. I received notification on May 31, 2013 that I would be running the NYC Marathon.
The New York City Marathon was my first full marathon and I am here to tell you that from the moment I started in Staten Island to the time I crossed the finish line in Central Park, I had a huge smile on my face. It was cold, windy and challenging but I loved every single moment. I sit here today reflecting on these memories. Sometimes I have to pinch myself because I think it was an out of body experience - but I have the medal, photos and apparel to prove I was there! You can read my full race recap here.
One thing that will remain in my mind is hearing over and over again how "lucky" I was that I got in. This struck me as odd - as most of these people who said this never applied to get in the race. How is it luck if they never tried themselves?
There are a few ways to get the opportunity to run the NYC Marathon:
- Guaranteed entry by time - my age group (18-39) Women: 3:10:00 full marathon or 1:30:00 half marathon. Men: 2:45:00 full marathon or 1:19:00 half marathon.
- Guaranteed entry by eligibility - read here for more information and note that some of these change after 2014.
- Lottery selection on "NYC-metro area" applicants (i.e., residents in and within 60 miles of New York City)
- Lottery selection on "National" applicants (i.e., United States residents outside of the tri-state area)
- Lottery selection on "International" applicants (i.e., non–United States residents, including Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories).
For those considering the TCS New York City Marathon, I urge you to join NYRR and FitFluential for a twitter chat on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9 pm EST. Follow the Hashtag: #TCSNYCMarathonApply and be sure you are following both New York City Marathon (@NYCMarathon) and FitFluential (@FitFluential). During this chat, you will have a chance to engage with Coach John Honerkamp who has coached runners of all ages and abilities for 15 years.
The 2013 New York City Marathon changed my life and I hope every runner gets the chance to experience it too.