Thursday, April 26, 2012

WTF New York Road Runners?

Actually I'm Not, just seemed fitting.
Yesterday the lottery was held for the ING New York City Marathon. I believe around 140,000 people applied for 45,000 spots which I am guessing is not quite accurate. There may be 45,000 spots but thousands are already taken by runners with guaranteed entries through, the 9+1 program, deferrals, qualifying etc.  In addition there are thousands of bibs already spoken for through the races amazing charity programs. I am OK with all of this but just saying your chances are significantly less than 1 in 3.

On their website it stated that the actual entrant list would be available the day after the lottery at 10am today 4/26. However you could click on a link provided which took you directly to a live web cast where the lottery would be announced and you could get an early peak at the results. So I along with thousands of other people tuned in to what was about a half hour self promoting New York Road Runner event with special guests like Ryan Hall (cool) and raffle prizes (boring). In the end there was a big confetti cannon exploding to announce the lottery had taken place. And then.......


For the next several minutes I stared blankly at the screen, which was also blank with the exception of the web cast which was on repeat. And then the Twitter feed on the side of the screen began to blow up with comments. I went to Facebook, and that too was exploding with frustration. I mean people were freaking out. Now I admit, I too was frustrated, but more so with the NYRR than actually finding out if I got in. I am not knocking NYRR, OK yes I am.  This race and organization has grown to epic proportions. I understand they are now a money making machine with 65,000 members, major corporate sponsors and so on. But seriously, with $10 million in entry fees for this race alone, it's not unreasonable to expect a simple list be posted on time.

I do love this event. It was my first marathon and I have either run it or watched it in person every year since 1991. It's great for New York City and I believe its great for our sport. So to you New York Road Runners, I know you can't please everyone all the time, but just because you have grown so large, don't forget who got you there. "We Did!"  So make us happy, don't treat us like cattle and get the little things right.



  1. I feel your pain. No go for me again (for the third year in a row).

    The wife has been deferring but will run this year so that makes it even worse. GRRRR. It a hard pill to swallow knowing I am going to be there and have to watch instead of running.

  2. Chris I think afte 3 in a row you may get guranteed entry next year. They use to do it that way. You can also run for charity and get in this year. Thats what I am doing as usual.

  3. Mega marathons are for the birds. Better to get out on the trail where you can take a dump at your leisure and not worry about being stampeded.


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