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Entry drawing for the 50th NYC Marathon is officially open

About 52,000 runners took part in this year's TSC New York City Marathon in the five boroughs including here where runners exit into Brooklyn from the Verrazano Bridge. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

It’s time to see if you qualify for the 50th running of the world’s largest marathon coming this November.

The application for the entry drawing into the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon opened at the end of January and will stay open until Feb. 13th.

This drawing is a ‘second chance’ opportunity after the New York Road Runners, which operate the marathon had held a special early drawing for the 50th running back in November of 2019

Runners 18 and older have to enter the last chance drawing in order to qualify for the iconic marathon on this Nov. 1st — last year featured a record-breaking number of 117,915 runners applied for entry through the drawing, according to NYRR. 

That entry is limited to only one per person and runners will find out the drawing’s results on Feb. 26th.

About 50,000 runners took part in this year’s TSC New York City Marathon in the five boroughs. Three years after NYPD Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo died in the line of duty, his wife Lisa is running the TCS New York City marathon in his honor. She is accompanied by Chief of Department Terry Monahan.(Photo by Todd Maisel)

Though, there are other ways to guarantee a spot in the 50th running of the marathon.

Signing up for the NYRR Team For Kids or other philanthropic memberships will get you running over the Verrazano for certain along with these ways according to NYRR’s website: 

The 9 +1 Method 

Runners that have complete nine scored, qualifying races by December 31, 2019 are guaranteed a place by also:

  • Volunteering at one NYRR event by December 31, 2019 (you may volunteer before completing your nine races)
  • Having an active NYRR membership by December 31, 2019
  • Applying for guaranteed entry to the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon 

If you properly cancelled for the 2019 race

“Entrants who cancel their entry to the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon according to the cancellation guidelines will be eligible to apply for guaranteed non-complimentary entry to the 2020 race during the application window,” according to the NYRR online marathon guidelines. 

NYRR Virtual Racing

Having completed this virtual race at specific levels combined with meeting fundraising goals works as a shoo-in to the 2020 marathon, according to NYRR. 

If you’ve ran the NYC Marathon 15 times or more

Talk about customer loyalty. Having run the marathon for at least 15 years means that you’re guaranteed future entry within proper timeframes. 

Time-Qualifying Standards

If you met time standards during 2019 at specific NYRR races, you’re in. The marathon also reserved a certain amount of spaces for speedsters that clocked impressive times at non-qualifying races as well.

About 50,000 runners took part in this yearÕs TSC New York City Marathon in the five boroughs. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

Alex Mitchell