NYRR and New York City Modify Baggage Policy
September 06, 2012
Runners now offered two options; No-Baggage “Early Exit” or checked bag
NEW YORK, September 6, 2012—New York Road Runners and City officials today jointly announced modifications to the ING NYC Marathon baggage policy that will allow runners the option of either checking a bag for this year’s race on Sunday, November 4 or choosing a No-Baggage “Early Exit.”
In a letter to runners issued by e-mail this afternoon, NYRR President & CEO Mary Wittenberg said, “We have some good news to share with you. We’ve heard your feedback regarding the No-Baggage policy we announced recently, and we understand your concerns. We have worked with our city agency partners and have developed a new solution for the 2012 ING New York City Marathon. You’ll now have the option of either checking a bag for this year’s race or choosing a No-Baggage ‘Early Exit’ option.”
In the letter, the two options were explained to runners as follows:
2. Baggage option: Runners choosing this option will check baggage in the Start Village and pick up their bags at exits farther up on Central Park's West Drive. It should be noted that congestion is still anticipated. As in the past, it could take up to an hour for runners to retrieve bags and exit the park. The bag will be smaller than in years past (although large enough to hold shoes, warm clothing, and small personal items).
On August 23, NYRR announced that runners would no longer be permitted to check baggage at the start of the race, under a new policy developed to ease finish-line congestion and provide a better and safer post-race experience given then-current space constraints.
More information about the new policy and what it means to race participants can be found at NYCMarathon.org.
NYRR’s races, community events, instruction and training resources, and youth programs give hundreds of thousands of people each year the motivation, know-how, and opportunity to start running and keep running for life. NYRR’s premier event, the famed ING New York City Marathon, attracts the world’s top pro runners and committed amateurs alike while also raising millions of dollars annually for charity and driving economic impact for the City. But NYRR is equally committed to the runners of tomorrow, passionately providing youth fitness programs that educate and inspire more than 100,000 kids in underserved communities in New York City, all 50 states, and around the world.
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