Runners dashed for a chance to qualify for the New York City Marathon without setting foot in the Big Apple.
The New York Road Runners opened registration Wednesday for its first-ever virtual marathon race, which will take place Nov. 1-4. All participants who completed the virtual race in less than 6 1/2 hours will earn a spot in the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon, according to Michael Capiraso, the president and CEO of the Road Runners.
Within seven hours, all 500 spots were filled up, according to the Road Runners website.
“The TCS New York City Marathon is already the largest marathon in the world, and we are excited to extend the opportunity to runners all over the world,” Capiraso said in a statement.
Athletes from around the world had to complete the 26.2-mile run at any outdoor location. Runners then documented their route via a GPS running device, and logged their time through the Strava app.
Qualifying virtual marathon runners will receive a complimentary virtual trainer program and a medal in addition to their 2019 marathon spot, the Road Runners said.