On November 5th, 2023 at exactly 8:00 am… 50,000 people will begin their 26.2-mile route of the New York City Marathon through the five boroughs of New York City.
Are you looking to be one of the runners standing at the start line seconds away from taking on the Big Apple?
If you’re ready to try your hand at this inspiring challenge and one of the biggest races in the world… then here’s everything you need to know about qualifying and registering for the New York City Marathon 2023…
The application period opened on February 8th, what most people don’t realize is that there are actually 10 ways to enter the New York City Marathon for 2023!
Learn more about how the marathon’s course is designed here.
The 10 ways of getting into the New York City Marathon are divided into two categories…
Guaranteed Entry & Non-Guaranteed Entry.
Let’s have a look at what this all means for you…
10 Ways To Enter The New York City Marathon 2023
The guaranteed entry spots are linked to 10 of the ways to enter which we will discuss in detail below, these include affiliations with charities, time-qualified standards, cancellation in 2022, and others.
Non-guaranteed general entry spots are linked to the method of entering via an entry draw.
February 8 marks the first day to apply for a non-guaranteed general entry. If applicants do not get chosen in the draw they are still able to enter via the other 10 methods of entering the New York City Marathon.
Let’s look at the first way you can enter the New York City Marathon…
2023 TCS New York City Marathon Drawing
This method of entering the 2023 New York City Marathon is purely based on luck. Every year thousands of runners enter the draw with the hopes of their names being selected. The chances of your name being chosen are not the highest but we definitely think this one is worth a shot.
If your name does get chosen you still need to pay your entry fee to run the race.
Based on 2022 NYC Marathon draw stats, out of 84,000 entries only 12% were drawn.
Your chance of entering the draw closes on February 22, 2023, and the drawing for these entries will take place on Wednesday, March 1, 2023.
The entries available will be filled through three drawings, one in each of the following applicant pools:
1. “NYC metro area” applicants: Residents in and within 60 miles of New York City
2. “National” applicants: U.S. residents outside the NYC metro area
3. “International” applicants: Non-U.S. residents, including Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories
A drawing will be conducted within each applicant pool.
9+1 Program For The New York City Marathon 2023
The 9+1 program allows local New York City residents to gain a guaranteed spot in the FOLLOWING year’s marathon.
New York Road Runners members who, in 2022, ran nine qualifying NYRR races and volunteered at one qualifying event, will be eligible to claim guaranteed entry to the 2023 TCS New York City Marathon up until February 22, 2023. (They will still have to pay for their entry)
Runners who complete the 2023 9+1 program will be eligible for guaranteed entry to the 2024 New York City Marathon.
Run For a Charity in The New York City Marathon 2023
If you would like, runners can gain guaranteed entry to the marathon and do something for a good cause at the same time… that is, running for one of the official charity partners of the New York City Marathon including NYRR’s featured charity, Team for Kids.
Note, if you run for Team for Kids, you commit to fundraising a minimum of $2,620 due in full by 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, October 4, 2023. (Register with a team of 10 or more and the fundraising pledge gets reduced to $2,500 per runner.)
Runners with entry can register with Team for Kids and receive a reduced fundraising commitment of $2,100 to receive training, coaching, and race day perks!
Read more about running for a charity here.
New York City Marathon Entry Via Cancellation in 2022
If you cancel your entry into the NYC Marathon 2022 you are still able to claim a guaranteed entry into the 2023 NYC Marathon (Until February 22, 2023). That being said, you will have to pay another entry fee.
Entering The New York City Marathon With International Tour Operators
If you’re not a United States Of America resident, you can book your entry into the NYC Marathon via international tour operators.
These packages usually include flights, hotels, and many other perks.
Note: There is a complete list of approved International Tour Operators for the 2023 TCS New York City Marathon. If your country does not have an official International Tour Operator then you may reach out to any on the list.
Unless you select a tour operator from the list below, they are not a part of the New York Road Runner’s Program and cannot sell Travel Packages or Entry Only.
List of International Tour Operators for the New York City Marathon 2023: Here
New York Road Runners Virtual Racing
Runners who registered for the 2022 Virtual TCS New York City Marathon and completed their virtual race gained guaranteed, non-complimentary entry to the 2023 TCS New York City Marathon.
Completed 15-Plus New York City Marathon Entry
This method of entry is for the New York City Marathon’s most dedicated runners. These runners have had to complete 15 New York City marathons in order to gain this type of entry.
(These runners can claim their guaranteed entry during the claim period between now and February 22, 2023.)
Think that your name belongs on this list? Check it out here.
Resolutions From 2020 Method Of Entering The New York City Marathon 2023
Registered runners from 2020 who canceled New York City Marathon and opted for guaranteed entry in 2023 during the resolution process will be able to claim their guaranteed entry during the application window (until February 22, 2023).
(This is the last year for resolutions)
Time-Qualifying Standards Entry For The New York City Marathon 2023
The qualifying window for this method was January 1 through December 31, 2022.
How the time qualifying standards work is that runners need to meet specific time standards at specific NYRR races in a specific time frame.
It’s based on a first-come, first-served basis for runners.
Philanthropic Membership Entry For The New York City Marathon 2023
Being a member of the NYRR gives you eligibility for guaranteed entry to the TCS New York City Marathon.
Now that we have looked at all 10 different entry methods for the New York City Marathon, let’s see how much this is all going to cost…
Cost Of Entering The New York City Marathon 2023
The New York City Marathon drawing is free to enter and limited to one entry per person.
The entry fees for the race itself are…
|NYC Marathon Draw Fee||Free|
|Race Entry Fee (New York Road Runners Members)||$255|
|Race Entry Fee (NON-New York Road Runners Members)||$295|
This is what you’re paying for when you buy an entry to the New York City Marathon 2023:
- Your entry to the race
- Fluid/fueling stations, medical support, entertainment, and security
- Official New Balance technical shirt
- Official transportation to the start from Midtown Manhattan, Lower Manhattan, or the Meadowlands Sports Complex (New Jersey)
- Start area, including breakfast and entertainment
- Finisher materials: medal, food, beverages, and post-race poncho.
The New York City Marathon is one of the biggest and most popular running events in the world.
That’s why it’s one of the hardest to get into. Trying any of the 10 methods above does increase your chances of gaining an entry, we wish you the best of luck!
Once you gain that entry next on your to-do list is to start training a bit more seriously… We can help you with that.