Baggage: Your Options

Make Your Selection


As part of our ongoing commitment to providing a better and safer post-race experience, you will be given a choice to check a bag on race day or receive a post-race poncho. Your registration fee includes one of the following options, which you must choose in your MyNYRR profile:

  1. Post-Race Poncho: Waive the bag check option and receive an insulated poncho in the post-finish area, or
  2. Bag Check: Check a bag on race day and have it transported to the post-finish area for pick-up.

**Please note: If you pick the bag check option and decide not to bring a bag on race day, you are still required to depart via the bag check exits and will not be permitted to leave through the designated poncho exit on race day. The post-race poncho and corresponding exit are reserved solely for runners who choose this option.** 

We strongly recommend that you thoroughly review the two available options before making a decision. Each option has limited availability in order to safely manage the runner flow through the finish area and Central Park exits. The deadline for making a selection is 11:59 p.m. EDT on July 31, 2015. Any runners who do not make a choice by the deadline will be assigned an option based on remaining availability and will not be able to make changes. Both options will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis and you have the ability to change your decision through the deadline if options are still available. 


Exceptions to the July 31 Deadline

Runners who register with an International Travel Partner (ITP), as an Athlete with Disability (AWD), with a charity or partner group after the July 31 deadline will have until a later date to make their selection. Contact your group’s liaison for your specific deadline. 


Option 1: Post-Race Poncho

Choosing this option will give you the earliest exit from Central Park and the quickest access to Family Reunion, toilets and public transportation. Upon exiting at 77th Street & Central Park West, you will receive an insulated, waterproof and wind-resistant poncho to keep you warm and dry. 

Please note that family members and friends will not have access to this area, inside or outside of Central Park, due to security restrictions and frozen zones. We recommend meeting in Family Reunion or at another designated spot away from Central Park West, such as a restaurant or hotel. Please consult the Finish area map to view restricted zones on race day.

We recommend the Post-Race Poncho 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.

Pre-Race and At the Start

You will receive your race number, indicating that you are not checking a bag on race day, an Official Start Village Bag and a 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 at a UPS truck for transport to the finish. (All items left at the start will be gathered and donated to Goodwill Industries or recycled.)

At the Finish

The wristband, along with your race number, must be worn during the race and will identify you for the proper exit from Central Park. After you receive your post-race amenities, you will follow the color-coded signs that match your wristband and race number to exit. The exit is approximately 1/2 mile from the finish line, and is the first exit where runners are allowed to leave the park. It will take 20-30 minutes to exit after crossing the finish line.

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


Option 2: Bag Check

Choosing this option allows you to check a bag at the start for transport to the finish on a UPS truck.

Pre-Race and At the Start

You will receive an Official UPS Bag and a sticker with your race number at the expo. This bag, with sticker affixed, will be checked at the start in your designated village. Only Official UPS Bags may be brought to the start and checked. Backpacks and other bags are not permitted inside Fort Wadsworth. The Official UPS Bag will be large enough to hold shoes, warm clothing, and small personal items.

At the Finish

You will pick up your bag inside Central Park between 78th and 85th streets and will leave the park via 81st or 85th Street depending on your race number.  It may take up to an hour to retrieve your bag and exit the park after you cross the finish line.

Please note that family members and friends will not have access to this area, inside or outside of Central Park, due to security restrictions and frozen zones. We recommend meeting in Family Reunion or at another designated spot away from Central Park West, such as a restaurant or hotel. Please consult the Finish area map to view restricted zones on race day.

**Please note: If you pick the bag check option and decide not to bring a bag on race day, you are still required to depart via the bag check exits and are not permitted to leave through the poncho exit on race day. The post-race poncho and designated exit is reserved solely for runners who choose 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 2015 TCS New York City Marathon on your dashboard
  4. Choose your option and submit!

Questions? Help is at hand!

If you have any questions about our bag-check amenities, visit our Help Center, where you can find the answers to many questions about the race, or contact our Customer Service agents: help.nyrr.org.