Today is the day – the day that the NYC marathon application for 2015 opens. You can apply as of noon. This year, NYRR (race organizers) are doing things a bit differently. For the past few years, the application has opened shortly after the marathon ends and closes months after. You enter your name in the draw (for $11) and wait and wait for the draw day. This year, the agonizing wait will only be 1 month! The application opens today and will close on February 15th. The drawing for spots will be held some time in March. If you do get a spot, your credit card will be charged right away. It is not just a free for all for spots. Applications are divided into three categories:
– Residents in a 60 mile radius of NYC
– United States residents
– Everyone else
So – if you are Canadian, British or from wherever – you will be put in the same pool. I’m not sure of the actual application vs. spots numbers – but let me say that this is a HARD marathon to get into , despite it being the largest marathon in the world. There are charity spots available and you can run with a recognized travel partner, so don’t think that it is totally impossible. I got into the 2014 marathon because I tried 3x and on the 4th try I was guaranteed entry. This rule, sadly, no longer exists. My thinking is that because that rule is eliminated, there might be more spots available.
The big question is: should you put your name in the hat for the 2015 NYC Marathon?
Of course, I will recommend this race 100x to anyone who has any dream or completing a marathon or has done a few. It is one of the world major marathons and on so many people’s bucket lists. Running NYC was on my bucket list before I even was serious about running. I think “Run NYC again!” is now on my bucket list.
Some reasons why I think you should apply:
1) The race is well organized – everything from the expo to the finish line was well done!
2) The race is almost completely lined with people/the energy is amazing/you will never feel alone
3) The Route – running through all the boroughs! The bridges are fun, and not too bad. Running through Central Park was a dream come true! The coolest part was at some points being able to peak around buildings and see the NYC skyline pop up.
4) Portapotties and aid stations every mile! Not only does this keep your mind as ease (well, maybe my mind) but it can help with 10/1’s is you are a 10:00-11:00 minute mile half/marathon runner like me! I really liked having aid stations every mile. There were also extra toilets everywhere. S
5) Look at that bridge you get to run up – it is massive and mighty scary in the beginning, but it isn’t as bad as it looks
6) You can defer the marathon if need be – you will lose the money, but at least you can run it again the next year
7) There is a lot of support for the race – including “Ask the Coach” Facebook chats and the marathon organizers seem very active on FB and Twitter
8) Really – it is the NYC Marathon! What other reason do you need?
The only thing I would say that you think about is the cost. NYC is expensive! Over $200 if you are American, over $300 (almost $350 I think?) for everyone else. For at least 2/3 of the runners (i.e. the non-NYC area runners), a hotel night on the Saturday night is a given and can be a little pricey. I lucked out on the hotel front and was able to get a great hotel, super close to the subway for under $300 on the Saturday night and only $154 for the Sunday – which in Manhattan is pretty darn good. I did have a hotel booked previously, but on the Thursday before we left, the prices dropped dramatically. If you add those two hotel nights, plus another night in Newark plus my race fee – you can see that I spend over $1000 to run the marathon and I’m fortunate to live only 7 hours driving distance away. It isn’t cheap – but is worth it!
Am I applying again? Probably not – I’m kind of looking forward to spending less than $300 total (fee/travel/hotel) to run STWM this year 🙂 I want to save for 2016 when I will try for Chicago/Marine Corps/NYC!
Good luck if you are applying for a spot!