Last Updated: Nov 06, 2019 12:33PM EST

Bag Check

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.

Only Official UPS bags may be checked; backpacks and other bags will not be accepted. Please review our security measures and prohibited items.

Post Race

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.

Important Note:

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.

Find out more about the Poncho option.

Watch a helpful video about the bag-check and post-race poncho options and processes at the TCS New York City Marathon.