New York City Marathon | NYC Marathon Lottery Announced

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Training for the NYC Marathon means lots of days of just running. Image from Flickr.

Attention all runners: The NYC Marathon is only 213 days away! That may sound like a lot of time to train for the New York City Marathon, but as the NYC Marathon web site points out, training for a 26.2 mile race with hills, winds, crowds and more can be grueling. Only about 38,000 runners are allowed into the NYC Marathon entry pool and the lottery today pulled those entry names. If you’re not on the list, there are always opportunities to run for payday cash for charities.

NYC Marathon history

The New York City Marathon started with a group of 40 runners getting together to start the New York Road Runners in 1958. The race covers all five boroughs in New York City and is one of the most popular marathons in the world. The tough course, doubled with the support of the New York Road Runners, also makes it one of the best marathons in the United States.

The Lottery for the New York City Marathon

The New York City Marathon gets more entries every year than it can handle. In order to handle this, the NYRR and ING (the NYC Marathon title sponsor) hold a “runner’s lottery.” Find out whether you are in to the NYC Marathon on the NYRR Marathon web site. If you didn’t get in to the NYC Marathon as a competitor, you can still run for quick cash for charity.

Training for the NYC Marathon

If you are planning on running the NYC Marathon, or any other marathon, training is the most important thing. Even athletes who run every day consider marathons a physical challenge – and for good reason. Nutrition, hydration, physical conditioning and practice are all incredibly important. If you need help training for the New York City marathon, the New York Road Runners offer online training, 10 and 15 week training programs, 10K and half-marathon training options and more.

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