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2017 Time-Qualifying Standards

The time-standard qualifying window for the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon was January 1-December 31, 2016. The time-qualifying standards are listed below. It's expected that the standards will be the same for the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon.

All applicants who met the time standards at the following NYRR races in 2016 were eligible for guaranteed entry in 2017: 2016 United Airlines NYC Half, 2016 MORE/SHAPE Women's Half-Marathon, 2016 Airbnb Brooklyn Half, 2016 Staten Island Half, 2016 Memorial Sloan Kettering's Fred's Team Presents Grete's Great Gallop, and 2016 TCS New York City Marathon.

A limited number of time-qualifier spots were available to runners who met the time standards in a non-NYRR race. These spots are being filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you applied with a non-NYRR race qualifying time, you are placed in the non-guaranteed entry drawing until your time can be verified. Verification may take up to two weeks. If you are not accepted after two weeks, please contact [email protected] and indicate your name and time qualification information. If you applied with a non-NYRR race qualifying time and the number of spots available has been reached, you will be placed in the non-guaranteed entry drawing.

The time-qualifying standards are as follows (runners only); all times run must be at least as fast as the posted time. Net (chip) time, not gun time, will be evaluated:

Men's Standards:

Age*

Marathon

Half-marathon

18-34

2:53:00

1:21:00

35-39

2:55:00

1:23:00

40-44

2:58:00

1:25:00

45-49

3:05:00

1:28:00

50-54

3:14:00

1:32:00

55-59

3:23:00

1:36:00

60-64

3:34:00

1:41:00

65-69

3:45:00

1:46:00

70-74

4:10:00

1:57:00

75-79

4:30:00

2:07:00

80+

4:55:00

2:15:00

 

Women's Standards:

Age*

Marathon

Half-marathon

18-34

3:13:00

1:32:00

35-39

3:15:00

1:34:00

40-44

3:26:00

1:37:00

45-49

3:38:00

1:42:00

50-54

3:51:00

1:49:00

55-59

4:10:00

1:54:00

60-64

4:27:00

2:02:00

65-69

4:50:00

2:12:00

70-74

5:30:00

2:27:00

75-79

6:00:00

2:40:00

80+

6:35:00

2:50:00

 

*Age on November 6, 2016, for the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon; age on November 5, 2017, for the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon.

 

About the Time Standards

The TCS New York City Marathon is known for being an extremely diverse race, and at New York Road Runners, we pride ourselves on offering many methods by which runners can gain entry. To continue to promote this diversity, we are excited to announce our decision to increase the number of runners who will be able to earn guaranteed entry by meeting time standards. To celebrate our most competitive athletes, we have also decided to relax those standards.

In reviewing entries from nearly a decade of New York City Marathon history, we found that the percentage of time qualifiers has been inconsistent across the different age categories; qualifying by time was tougher for runners in certain age groups. We intend for our new standards to offer equal access to our most competitive applicants across all age categories and to allow the highest possible percentage of runners from each category to earn guaranteed entry into the TCS New York City Marathon. We have also considerably increased the number of athletes who can qualify by time.