I have been fortunate enough to run this prestigious race twice. Both experiences were different in many ways yet equally amazing.
2013 NYC Marathon
I remember registering for the lottery like it was yesterday. Back in 2013, the registration was later in the year and I had just registered for the runDisney Dopey Challenge. I signed up for it without running a full marathon but went in knowing I would have to run one prior to the challenge. After one too many glasses of wine, my friend Darlynn convinced me into registering for the NYC Marathon lottery. Never in a million years did I think an acceptance letter was in my future.
I was SO nervous. I rode the Staten Island Ferry to the start of the race alone. I couldn't make my brain stop. It was the most anxiety I have had prior to any race. You can read my 2013 NYC Marathon recap here. I rolled my ankle in the beginning of the race and still have issues w/ it 2 1/2 years later. I finished the race, hysterically crying. Swearing I would never do another full marathon after Dopey was over. Boy did I eat those words.
2014 NYC Marathon
The 2014 NYC Marathon was an epic adventure of all time. I was asked to be part of the 2014 ASICS Blogger Challenge, one of 5 bloggers across the US to run the NYC Marathon as part of Team ASICS. I am not a fast runner and it was (and still is) amazing to me that ASICS works with runners of all shapes, sizes and speed.
The overall weekend experience was unlike anything I would ever imagine. I will always be eternally grateful to ASICS for the 2014 NYC Marathon. Not only was the weekend perfect (except for the weather), I came home with friends that I will have for the rest of my life. You can read my 2014 NYC Marathon recap here.
I am registering today in hopes to run my 3rd NYC Marathon. This will be ASICS final year as a sponsor and I hope to be there to help send them off in grand fashion. If you've ever wanted to run a marathon, I strongly suggest entering this lottery. Good luck!
Apply today, January 21, 2016 through February 21, 2016 to enter the NYC Marathon Lottery. The 2016 NYC Marathon Lottery selection takes place on March 8th.
What happens if you get in? Your credit card will be charged as follows:
U.S. residents (those who live in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia)
NYRR members: US $216; Non-members: US $255; Non-U.S. residents (including Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories): US $347
Entry fees will be charged upon acceptance. Once you have been accepted, your entry fees are non-transferable under any and all circumstances, and are also non-refundable under any and all circumstances except in the event of cancellation of the marathon (see Rules of Competition & Terms and Conditions below).
Processing FeeRegular Fee: US $11 - This fee, required of all applicants, is non-refundable and is processed upon submission of the application.
Entry to the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon (including fluid/fueling stations, medical support, entertainment, baggage handling*, security, and more)
Runner “goody bag”, including official ASICS technical shirt and official Marathon Program magazine.
Official transportation to the start from Midtown Manhattan, Lower Manhattan, or the Meadowlands Sports Complex (New Jersey); Start festival, including breakfast and entertainment
Finisher materials: medal, food, beverages, Heatsheet™, official results magazine