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Baggage: Your Options

Baggage options are open for the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon. Please review your options for race day—either check a bag at the start for transport to the finish, or waive the bag-check option and receive a post-race poncho—and make your selection in your My NYRR profile. You may choose only one option. The deadline to choose your option is July 31, 2016. 

Please carefully review your options below before making your choice, and visit our Help Center for answers to frequently asked questions.

Please note:

  • Options are filled on a first-come, first served basis, so we can safely manage the post-race flow of runners.
  • You may not change your selection after the deadline. We must enforce the deadline so that we can order the correct number of ponchos.
  • If you don't make a choice by the deadline, you'll be assigned an option based on availability. 

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 deadline. 


Option 1: Post-Race Poncho

If you choose this option:

  • You will not check a bag at the start.
  • At the finish, you will exit Central Park approximately one-half mile from the finish line.
  • You will receive an insulated, waterproof, and wind-resistant poncho after you exit the park. 

We recommend the post-race poncho option for runners who:

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

Your race number will identify you as a post-race poncho runner. You’ll receive a Start Village bag, which you may bring to the start, but not check. No other bags, and no backpacks, will be permitted in Fort Wadsworth. Items that you bring to the start must be either disposed of or donated to Goodwill Industries at the start, or taken with you. Please review our security measures and prohibited items.

Most post-race poncho runners will exit Central Park 20-30 minutes after they cross the finish line. The finish and post-finish areas are for runners only, due to security restrictions.

Please note: 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.


To choose the Post-race Poncho option:

1. Log in to My NYRR.

2. Select the Races and Registration tab on the left side, under the My NYRR heading.

3. Scroll to 2016 TCS New York City Marathon on your dashboard.

4. Make your choice and submit.


Option 2: Bag Check

If you choose this option:

  • You may check a bag at the start for transport to the finish on a UPS truck
  • At the finish, you’ll retrieve your bag and exit Central Park approximately three-quarters of a mile or one mile from the finish line, depending on your race number.

We recommend the bag-check option for runners who:

  • Need or want specific items at the start.
  • Are not able to have friends or family members meet them at or near Family Reunion, or do not live or have accommodation in or near NYC.
  • Are new to the marathon and the post-finish experience of major races.

Your race number will identify you as a bag-check runner. You’ll receive a UPS bag and a sticker with your race number; the bag will be large enough to hold shoes, warm clothing, and small personal items. You’ll check the bag, with sticker affixed, at the start. No other bags, and no backpacks, will be permitted in Fort Wadsworth. Please review our security measures and prohibited items.

Most bag-check runners exit Central Park 30-60 minutes after crossing the finish line. The finish and post-finish areas are for runners only, due to security restrictions.

Please note: If you choose bag check, and decide not to bring a bag on race day, you are still required to exit Central Park via the bag-check exits, not the post-race poncho exit, and you will not receive a poncho. 


To choose the bag-check option

1. Log in to My NYRR.

2. Select the Races and Registration tab on the left side, under the My NYRR heading.

3. Scroll to 2016 TCS New York City Marathon on your dashboard.

4. Make your choice and submit.


Questions? Visit our Help Center, where you can find answers to many questions about the race.