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January 20, 2010 / elodie kaye

And Why Seek You?

The New York City Marathon has qualifiers.  Who knew?  Apparently, it’s news to me that you’re supposed to do your research before posting your article. The NYCM qualifying times are harder than Boston’s, but they’re not elite by a long shot: 2:55 for men up to 39 years old, 3:23 for women in the same age bracket.  The BAA are kind enough to give 35 – 39 year-olds a break; they get their own AG and an extra 5 minutes.  The NYRRC don’t think you’re old enough at 35 to cut you any slack, so you need to wait until you’re 40 before they’ll give you extra time.

What’s most interesting about the qualifying times is that the NYRRC will let you use an equivalent half-marathon performance.  Now, I’m not saying this is a hidden back door around the lottery or anything, because the half-marathon times are pretty steep, too.  But, everyone knows it’s more than twice the work to train for the marathon vs. the half.  I’d bet there are quite a few runners within striking distance of their BQ that haven’t fulfilled the potential of much faster half-marathon predictors.  For runners who have already been invited to the dance, this could be a nice little perk for digging a bit deeper.



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  1. Keith Peters / Jan 21 2010 11:35 am

    I’m in the lottery, but I guess that’s about a 1 in 10 chance. At least in 2008 there were 57,000 in the lottery and 5,600 chosen. At least I’ll know in March and be able to make a backup plan.

    • elodiekaye / Jan 21 2010 2:38 pm

      I’m in the lottery, too. The NYCM used to report the regional breakdown of admissions, but I didn’t see that on the site. They used to slightly prefer local NY state entries, then the other 49 states, then international. If that’s still the case, you might have better odds than 1/10. At least if you miss the lottery 3 times, you’ll be guaranteed an admission.

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