11.02.14

Don't miss the July 31 deadline to make your baggage and transportation selections. More info here.

Baggage: Your Options

Any runners who do not make the baggage choice the July 31 deadline will be assigned an option based on remaining availability.

Find out about your baggage options for race day. Baggage choices are now open.

As part of our ongoing commitment to providing a better and safer post-race experience, you will be given a choice to either:

1. Check a bag on race day that is transported to the finish area OR

2. Forgo baggage check and receive a Marathon Finish Poncho upon exiting Central Park. 

**Note: If you choose the baggage option (or are assigned this option) and decide not to check a bag on race day, you will still be designated as a baggage runner and will be required to exit via the baggage exits. You will not receive a Marathon Finish Poncho. The "no-baggage" exit is reserved for runners who chose this option.**

It is recommended that you thoroughly review the baggage-policy options before making a decision. Each option has limited availability and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. You may change your option up until the deadline, pending availability. The deadline for making a selection is 11:59 p.m. EDT on July 31, 2014. At that time, all selections will be considered final. 


Exceptions to the July 31 Deadline

If you register with an International Travel Partner (ITP), as an Athlete with Disability (AWD), with a charity or sponsor group after the July 31 deadline, you have until September 15 to make your baggage selection. Availability for each option is reserved and will be available for runners in those groups who enter after the July 31 deadline.


Option 1: No-Baggage

Choosing this option offers two advantages:

  • After you finish the marathon, you will have the earliest exit from Central Park and quickest access to Family Reunion and public transportation.
  • You will receive a waterproof, wind-resistant Marathon Finish Poncho to keep you warm and dry, distributed after you exit from Central Park at 77th Street. Family members and friends will not have access to this area inside the park, or outside near the exit points, due to security restrictions and frozen zones. We recommend meeting in Family Reunion or another designated spot, such as a restaurant or hotel.

We recommend the no-baggage option for runners who:

  • Do not need specific items at the start.
  • Can have friends or family members meet them in Family Reunion.
  • Live or have accommodation in or near NYC.
  • Are experienced in running marathons and understand the post-finish experience.

If you choose this option you will receive an Official Start Village Bag and no-baggage wristband at the Expo. This bag may be used to bring pre-race items into the start village at Fort Wadsworth, but may not be checked for transport to the finish. (All items left at the start will be gathered and donated to Goodwill Industries or recycled.) The wristband, along with your race bib, must be worn during the race and will identify you for the early exit from Central Park. After you receive your post-race amenities, you can follow the color-coded signs that match your wristband and bib label to exit the park. The exit is approximately 1/2 mile from the finish line, and is the earliest exit location where runners are permitted to leave the park. It will take 20-30 minutes to exit.

Runners with medication needs will be able to make arrangements with our medical director to check these items at a designated medical area at the start and have them safely and securely transported to the finish. No narcotics (including prescription painkillers and Tylenol with codeine) and no medications that require refrigeration will be accepted. Please contact medical@nyrr.org for more information.

Option 2: Baggage

Choosing this option allows you to check a bag at the start for transport to the finish. Baggage can be picked up in the post-finish area inside Central Park between 81st and 86th Streets. You will exit at 81st Street or 86th Street depending on your bib number. It may take up to an hour to retrieve your bag and exit the park after your cross the finish line. Family members and friends will not have access to this area inside the park, or outside near the exit points, due to security restrictions and frozen zones. We recommend meeting in Family Reunion or another designated spot, such as a restaurant or hotel.

Runners who choose this option will recieve an Official UPS Bag and a sticker at the expo. This bag, with sticker affixed, will be checked at the start. Only Official UPS Bags may be checked; backpacks and other bags will not be accepted. The Official UPS Bag will be large enough to hold shoes, warm clothing, and small personal items.

**Note: If you choose the baggage option (or are assigned this option) and decide not to check a bag on race day, you will still be designated as a baggage runner and will be required to exit via the baggage exits. You will not receive a Marathon Finish Poncho. The "no-baggage" exit is reserved for runners who chose this option.**


Four Easy Steps to Make Your Choice

  1. Log in to My NYRR
  2. Select the Registration tab on the left side, under My NYRR
  3. Scroll to 2014 TCS New York City Marathon on your dashboard
  4. Choose the baggage option and submit!

Contact us at mynyrr@nyrr.org with an questions about baggage for this event or check out our FAQ section.