2016 Non-Guaranteed Entry (The Drawing)

The general-entry drawing for the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon is completed. 

If you were not accepted, you can get guaranteed entry right now when you register to run with NYRR Team for Kids. Team for Kids runners receive guaranteed entry to the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon while raising vital funds to support NYRR Youth Programs.


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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.



The TCS New York City Marathon brings together runners of all skill levels and runners from around the world. The non-guaranteed entry drawing helps preserve the unparalleled diversity of the race.

The application for the drawing closed February 21, 2016. All applicants must be 18 years of age or older on November 6, 2016.

The entries available to non-guaranteed applicants will be filled through three drawings in March 8, 2016, one in each of the following applicant pools: 

  1. "NYC-metro area" applicants (i.e., residents in and within 60 miles of New York City)
  2. "National" applicants (i.e., United States residents outside of the NYC-metro area)
  3. "International" applicants (i.e., non–United States residents, including Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories).

Drawings will be conducted to choose entrants from each applicant pool. To be selected, you must provide a valid credit card, future expiration date, and authorization to charge. The provided credit card will be charged when the entry is drawn; if the charge is not approved, the entry will be removed and another entry will be drawn from the pool. 

Once you submit the application into the non-guaranteed drawing, you have authorized NYRR to immediately charge your credit card a non-refundable processing fee. Upon acceptance into the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon, you will be charged a non-refundable entry fee. You may remove your name from the applicant pool prior to the drawing, but once you are accepted by any method, all fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. You must withdraw your name from the drawing by Monday, March 7, at 11:59 p.m. EST if you do not want to be included in the drawing on March 8. NYRR does not contact applicants prior to accepting them in order to reconfirm that they wish to be selected. 

The total number of non-guaranteed applicants and the number of such applicants in each of the three applicant pools will not be known until the entry deadline. Therefore, neither the percentage nor the number of entrants ultimately selected in each of the applicant pools can be determined before that date.  

Applicants in the drawings, whether or not accepted, will have paid a non-refundable processing fee when submitting their applications. Such applicants, therefore, should carefully consider their likely chance of gaining entry through the drawings before submitting their applications and paying this fee.

Handcycle entrants will NOT be selected through the non-guaranteed entry drawings. See the rules applicable to athletes with disabilities