Last Updated: Nov 08, 2017 03:03PM EST

Drawing Procedure

The TCS New York City Marathon brings together a diverse field of runners from the NYC area and beyond.  The non-guaranteed entry drawing helps preserve the geographic diversity of the race.

The entries available to non-guaranteed applicants were filled through three drawings (“Drawings”), which were held for the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on March 2, 2017, one in each of the following applicant pools:
  1. “NYC-metro area” applicants (i.e. residents in and within 60 miles of New York City)
  2. “National” applicants (i.e. U.S. residents outside of the NYC-metro area, including Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories)
  3. “International” applicants (i.e. non-U.S. residents)

After completing the Drawings for the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon, 19,083 runners were added to the field from a total of 82,172 applications. In 2016, approximately 23% of NYC-Tristate Drawing applicants were selected (5,967 runners); 23% of National Drawing applicants were selected (8,656 runners); and 23% of International Drawing applicants (4,460 runners) were selected. Thus, the pool of runners accepted through the Drawings was made up of 31% Tristate (a geographic area similar, but not identical to, what is now called “NYC-metro area”), 45% national and 23% international applicants.
Across all entry methods, guaranteed or non-guaranteed, approximately 41% of accepted runners came from NY, NJ, and CT. This includes individuals who gained guaranteed entry through several methods, including, but not limited to, NYRR’s 9 + 1 program, Charity Teams, etc. 
Other factors such as an applicant’s state of origin also may affect their chances to be selected subject to NYRR’s need to maintain geographic diversity and within NYRR’s sole discretion.  NYRR reserves the right to adjust drawing criteria at NYRR’s sole discretion and without notice.