tags: Half-Marathon, Lottery, New York City Marathon, NYRR, Race, Registration
In years past participants of the New York City Half-Marathon gained entry on a first come-first serve basis. New York Road Runners decided to switch things up this year and hold a lottery for those who do not qualify for guaranteed entry. The registration format mirrors that of the New York City Marathon. Runners who have completed a Marathon, or Half-Marathon, in the times proscribed by the New York Road Runners, will qualify for guaranteed entry. Others, will have to put in the lottery.
The Lottery for the 2010 New York City Half-Marathon is currently open, as of December 1, 2009, and will stay open until 11:59 p.m. EST on January 5, 2010. Qualifying times, for guaranteed entry, as well as more information regarding the lottery, can be found on the NYRR event information page.
The New York City Half-Marathon has also moved from August, to March, with the 2010 Race scheduled to take place on March 21st. This change of schedule seems wise, given that a large portion of the course tracks the West Side Highway, where there is little or no shade. The 2009 Race, which took place on a particularly hot and humid summer day, had a modest number of participants that ended up suffering from some sort of head induced fatigue.
In addition to an earlier date, and registration date for the New York City Half-Marathon, the New York Road Runners have extended the registration period for next years New York City Marathon, as well. The lottery for the 2010 marathon opened the day after the 2009 race, and is currently open. Application information for the 2010 New York City Marathon can be found on the NYRR event page.
[photo: 2009 NYC Half-Marathon by: Jacob Breinholt]