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Guaranteed Entry for 2016

The application for the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon is closed. Runners with guaranteed entry must have claimed their entry during the application window (January 21-February 21, 2016). 

As an accepted runner, you can add meaning to your miles by signing up to run with NYRR Team for Kids. Team for Kids runners receive guaranteed entry to the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon, expert coaching, and race-day perks while raising vital funds to support NYRR Youth Programs.

 

Register to Run with NYRR Team for Kids

 

Entry through hundreds of additional TCS New York City Marathon official charity partners is open as well. Check out options and choose the charity that's the best fit for you.


 

We offer eligibility for guaranteed entry to the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon to members of the groups listed below.

To claim your guaranteed entry, you must have submitted your application in My NYRR and paid the processing and entry fees by February 21. The application is now closed.

 

Entrants Through the 9+1 or 9+$1K Program

NYRR members who met the 9+1 or 9+$1K program requirements during 2015 were eligible to apply for guaranteed entry to the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon.

In order to claim your guaranteed entry, you must have submitted your application and paid the 2016 processing and entry fees during the application window. The application is now closed. If you did not submit your application for guaranteed entry during this time period, your guaranteed entry was forfeited. 

(Handcyclists seeking entry under this provision must be active bona fide members of Achilles International since October 1, 2015, and must be be selected for entry by Achilles International and NYRR.)

Entrants Who Officially Cancelled Their Entry to the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon

Entrants who officially cancelled their entry to the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon according to the cancellation guidelines were eligible for guaranteed entry. 

In order to claim your guaranteed entry, you must have submitted and paid the 2016 processing and entry fees during the application window. The application is now closed.). Guaranteed entries not submitted during this time period are forfeited. 

Entrants who cancel their entry in consecutive years are not eligible for guaranteed entry after the second consecutive cancellation.

Handcyclists and other AWDs entered in the 2015 race through Achilles International who cancel are not eligible for guaranteed entry to the 2016 race unless entered by Achilles International in that race.

Runners Who Have Completed 15 New York City Marathons

In order to claim your guaranteed entry you must have submitted your application and paid the 2016 processing and entry fees during the application window. The application is now closed.) If you did not submit your application for guaranteed entry during this time period, your guaranteed entry is forfeited. 

Runners who finish their 15th New York City Marathon will continue to be eligible for guaranteed entry in future years

This entry method is not available to handcycle applicants and other AWDs entered in past races through Achilles International.

Time Qualifiers  

The time-standard qualifying window for the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon was January 1−December 31, 2015. The total number of time-qualifier spots is to be determined. All runners who met the time standards in the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon or in an NYRR half-marathon are eligible for guaranteed entry. The remaining time qualifier spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until the cap has been reached; details and times are below.

2015 NYRR-eligible races: 2015 Fred Lebow Manhattan Half, 2015 NYC Half, 2015 More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women's Half-Marathon, 2015 Brooklyn Half, 2015 Staten Island Half, 2015 Grete’s Great Gallop, 2015 TCS New York City Marathon

In order to claim your guaranteed entry, you must have submitted your application and paid the 2016 processing and entry fees during the application window. The application is now closed. Guaranteed entries that are not claimed during this time period are forfeited. 

A limited number of time-qualifier spots will be available to runners who met the time standards in a non-NYRR race. These spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until the cap is reached. If you met the time standards in a non-NYRR race, you are required to complete the entry application, selecting the second option "Meet our time-qualification standards" and providing your finish time and the name of the 2015 race. Results must be verifiable online. 

The time-qualifying standards are as follows (runners only); all times are run must be at least as fast as the posted time. Net 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.

 

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.

Please note that 2014 was the last year that guaranteed entry was offered under the three times denied provision, and this method of entry is no longer available for 2016.