Registration to select your baggage option for the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon will open in summer 2020. Options will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis so we can safely manage the post-race flow of runners.If you register for the marathon through an International Tour Operator, please connect with your ITO manager to confirm the baggage-option selection process.
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.
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 West 81st Street or West 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.