Run in 2016

Welcome to 2016 TCS New York City Marathon season! Your preparations for November 6, 2016 start here. Please note that there are no additional entry opportunities for the 2016 race; information on running in 2017 is here.  

Plan ahead for race week and download our Pocket Guide.

Please note: The window for earning guaranteed entry through one of TCS New York City Marathon official charity partners has closed.

Information on applying to run the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon is now available. Review the timeline for applying to the 2017 race, the 2017 time-qualifying standards, and information on New York Road Runners' 9+1 program for guaranteed entry in 2017.

Processing and Entry Fees

There are no fee increases in 2016 (from 2015).

Processing Fee

Regular Fee: US $11 
This fee, required of all applicants, is non-refundable and is processed upon submission of the application. 

Entry Fee

  • U.S. residents (those who live in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia)
    NYRR members: US $216;
    Non-members: US $255
  • Non-U.S. residents (including Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories): US $347

Entry fees will be charged upon acceptance. Once you have been accepted, your entry fees are non-transferable under any and all circumstances, and are also non-refundable under any and all circumstances except in the event of cancellation of the marathon (see Rules of Competition & Terms and Conditions below).

Included in the entry fee:

  • Entry to the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon (including fluid/fueling stations, medical support, entertainment, bag-check handling*, security, and more)
  • Runner “goody bag” including official ASICS technical shirt and official TCS New York City Marathon Program magazine.
  • Official transportation to the start from Midtown Manhattan, Lower Manhattan, or the Meadowlands Sports Complex (New Jersey).**
  • Start festival, including breakfast and entertainment.
  • Finisher materials: medal, food, beverages, United Airlines/Foot Locker Heatsheet™, official results magazine

*NYRR offers either Bag Check or Post-race Poncho. Visit the Baggage Options page to review your options and make your selection by July 31, 2016.

**Visit the Transportation to the Start page to review your options and make your selection (subject to availability) by July 31, 2016..  

Rules of Competition

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New York Road Runners events are organized and directed under USA Track & Field (“USATF”) rules and regulations. Entrants must also comply with City of New York Parks & Recreation and NYRR rules and regulations.



Event Officials: All participants must follow the instructions of event officials (NYRR staff and volunteers). For participants’ safety, no skates, strollers (including running strollers), or animals are permitted. Costumes covering the face, or any non-formfitting bulky outfit extending beyond the perimeter of the body, are not permitted.

NYRR reserves the right to change the details of the event, including delaying, canceling, or suspending the race due to inclement weather or other potential safety risks. Participants must retire at once from the race if ordered to do so by event officials, medical staff, or any governmental authority, including firefighters and police officers.

Sportsmanship: Any participant who conducts him- or herself in an unsportsmanlike manner or who is offensive in action or language to event officials, other participants, volunteers, or spectators may be disqualified. Protests concerning the conduct of participants will be accepted for up to 24 hours after the posting of results by contacting an event official or sending an email to

Participant Entry and Race Number

Event Application: All participants must provide accurate information, including age, gender, and emergency contact information, when filling out the event application. A participant may not change or add a team affiliation after an event has started. 

Race Number: Your official participant race number (bib) must be fully visible at all times and worn on the front of your torso. The timing device (B-Tag) is attached to the back of your race number; in order to ensure an accurate time, please do not fold or wrinkle the race number or cover it with a jacket, runner belt, water bottle, or any other item. Participants who run the race without their number properly attached and displayed risk not having their finish time and split times recorded, not being listed in the results, and/or not receiving 9+1 credit for finishing the race. If your race number is lost on the course, please report it to an event official after the race. Only after verifying that your time was recorded at the start and that you completed the race will 9+1 credit be provided.

No Transfer Permitted: Race numbers are non-transferable; you cannot give or sell your number or tag to another person or participate with an unofficial race number or tag. A participant who does not wear his or her assigned race number and tag, or who is found to have transferred, bought, or sold entry into an NYRR event or otherwise permitted any other individual to wear his or her race number, will be disqualified and suspended from subsequent NYRR events.

No Refunds: Entry fees are non-refundable and may not be deferred or transferred.

Read more about Race Procedures.

The Start

Start Corrals: Participants are responsible for arriving at the start corrals assigned to them, based on their best pace, and entering at the designated corral entry points before the corral closing times. Any participant who climbs over a barricade or otherwise enters improperly may be disqualified. For participant safety, once a corral is closed for entry, late-arriving participants must report to the last corral. Please follow the instructions of event officials when entering corrals.

Race Start: The race will be started by an air horn unless otherwise noted. All participants must be behind the starting line at the start of the race and must follow the instructions of the race starter.


Official Times: Your official (net) finish time is recorded by the timing system from when you cross the starting line to when you cross the finish line. This time determines the order of finish and award winners—except the two overall first-place awards, which always go to the first man and woman to cross the finish line. Start timing mats will be removed 10 minutes after the start of the race unless the size of the field warrants keeping the start open longer. After the start has closed, net times will not be recorded and times will be calculated from the time of the start horn. If a runner starts after the timing mats have been removed, no start time will be added.

The Course

Course Marking: NYRR events (except for kids’ races) are conducted on USATF-certified courses. Participants must stay within course boundaries, as designated by barriers, traffic cones, delineation, and/or other markings, at all times; must recognize and understand event signage and symbols relating to the course, directions, and facilities; and must follow the instructions of course marshals. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.

Course Monitoring: If you have not completed the entire course, do not cross the finish line or you will risk disqualification. Participants with missing or irregular split times at official timing checkpoints will be reviewed and may be disqualified. If you must leave the course, rejoin it only at the point at which you exited. No participant, after leaving the course, will be allowed to rejoin the race either for the purpose of gaining a place or to pace or assist another competitor.

Assistance: Unofficial pacers or other unregistered participants are not permitted. (This does not apply to officially designated pacers.) A participant who receives assistance during an event from anyone other than official medical personnel may be disqualified.

Bandits: No individual who is not officially registered may join the event or accompany any participant in the event. Any person without an official race will be directed to leave the course immediately.

The Finish

Time Limit: In the interest of safety, and to allow streets and park drives to reopen as scheduled, race courses will remain open to all participants who are able to maintain a 13:45-per-mile pace (based on the time when the last runner crosses the start line). Those participants who are not able to maintain this pace should be aware that fluid stations and other course amenities may not be available, and participants in races staged on city streets may be asked to move to the sidewalks. Late participants will be able to cross the finish line, but they are not guaranteed to be timed and recorded as official finishers. However, they can contact our Race Scoring team to request 9+1 TCS New York City Marathon qualifying credit for the race.

Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited from all NYRR events and race venues:

  • A weapon of any kind, including firearms, knives, Mace, etc.
  • Any dangerous item or “dual-use” item that could be considered dangerous, including hammers, saws, sharp objects, etc.
  • Flammable liquids, fuels, fireworks, toxic chemicals, and explosives
  • Large packages, coolers, tents, and lean-tos
  • Duvets, sleeping bags, and large blankets or comforters
  • Alcoholic beverages and illegal substances of any kind
  • Unmanned aerial devices, drones, survey balloons, photography mini-copters, and any flying device with an on/off switch.
  • Opaque trash bags and any non-transparent plastic bags (Clear trash bags are allowed.)
  • Animals/pets
  • Folding chairs, camp chairs, and tables of any kind
  • Glass containers
  • Containers of liquid larger than one liter
  • Strollers
  • Suitcases and rolling bags
  • Backpacks and any bags other than the clear bag check bag 
  • Camelbaks® and any type of hydration backpack (Fuel belts and hand-held water bottles are allowed.)
  • Weight vests and any vests with multiple pockets, especially those that can be used as a water reservoir
  • Costumes that cover the face and any bulky outfits that extend beyond the perimeter of the body (Form-fitting outfits are allowed.)
  • Props, including sporting equipment, military and fire gear, and signs larger than 11”x17”
  • Selfie-sticks and any camera mount or rig that isn’t attached directly to the head or torso

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Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct: Races

At all NYRR events, participants should conduct themselves in a courteous manner, respecting all fellow participants, volunteers, event staff, and members of the community, and following the Rules of Competition. Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated.

Proper race etiquette is required at all times, including being aware of your surroundings and of announcements and instructions from event officials.

Please give yourself enough time to pick up your race number and enter your corral. Only enter the corral you are assigned to or a slower one, and respect the event staff. Please be respectfully quiet during pre-race announcements and the playing of the National Anthem prior to the start.

The use of headphones is strongly discouraged. If you must wear headphones, be sure that you can hear all announcements and be extra-aware of your surroundings, including other participants.

Mobile Devices
The use of mobile devices for photography or social updates during the event is strongly discouraged, as it decreases your awareness of other participants around you.

In accordance with City of New York Parks & Recreation rules, please use only the toilet facilities provided. Please be considerate in portable-toilet lines; don’t cut in line or into another line. Never urinate in the corrals, at the post-finish walk-off, or in park woods, or you will risk disqualification and a police summons.

Running Courtesy
While participating in the event, don’t run in groups of three or more abreast; wide groups become barriers to other runners. Don’t stop abruptly to drink at an aid station or to tie your shoelaces. Watch where you spit and blow your nose to avoid hitting other participants. If someone running behind you says, “On your left,” move to your right to let the runner pass. If someone says, “On your right,” move to your left.

Race Attire
We strongly discourage male participants from racing without shirts, and/or from removing their shirts during the race.

NYRR events are conducted in public places—either city parks or streets. Please deposit any trash in the provided receptacles, including at aid stations. Be careful when discarding cups at aid stations so as to avoid hitting other participants.

If you encounter a runner in distress, offer assistance and/or report the situation to the nearest aid station, and, if possible, call the event medical emergency line: 866-705-6626.