Runners will be given a deadline by which they should select their baggage and transportation options. (The baggage and transportation selection deadline for 2016 was July 31.) These options are outlined on the Baggage: Your Options page. If you do not make your selection by the deadline, you will be assigned the bag-check option.
Choosing to check a bag on race day allows you to bring a bag to the start and check it for transport to the post-finish area.
We recommend the bag-check option for runners who:
- Need or want specific items at the start and/or post-finish.
- Are not able to have friends or family members meet them at or near Family Reunion, or do not live or have accommodation in or near NYC.
- Are new to the marathon and the post-finish experience of major races.
Official UPS Bags
If you chose (or were assigned to) this option, you'll receive an Official UPS Bag and a sticker as part of your race packet. You'll check this bag, with sticker affixed, before you enter your start corral on race day.
Only Official UPS Bags may be checked; backpacks and other bags will not be accepted. The Official UPS Bag is large enough to hold shoes, warm clothing, and small personal items. Please review our security measures and prohibited items.
Most bag-check runners exit Central Park 30-60 minutes after crossing the finish line. The finish and post-finish areas are for runners only, due to security restrictions. We recommend meeting in Family Reunion or another designated spot such as a restaurant or hotel.
If you choose bag-check (or are assigned this option) and decide not to check a bag on race day, you are still required to exit Central Park via the bag-check exits at 81st Street or 85th Street, not the post-race poncho exit, and you will not receive a poncho. We enforce this policy is for safety reasons, as each exit is designed to accommodate a limited number of runners.
Find out more about the Poncho option.