Number of runners accepted through drawing increased by 4,757 from 2015, and has grown 108% since 2014
Event celebrates its 40th anniversary as a five-borough race on Sunday, November 6, 2016
New York, March 8, 2016—19,083 runners will be accepted into the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon through the race entry drawing process held today. The number of entries is an increase of 4,757 (33%) from 2015, and 9,913 (108%) over the past two years (2014 and 2015). The race will be held on Sunday, November 6, 2016.
For the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon, 23% of non-guaranteed applicants will receive entry through the drawing process. A total of 82,172 non-guaranteed entry drawing applications were processed. Of the 19,083 runners who will receive entry through the drawing process, an equal percentage will be drawn from local, national, and international application pools. The increase in non-guaranteed drawing entries is the result of a smaller number of guaranteed entry applications received via the event’s race cancellation policy, as well as the end of the 2012 marathon resolution entry process. More information on the drawing process can be found here.
125,000 applications will make up this year’s combined field of guaranteed and non-guaranteed entries, featuring runners from over 125 countries around the world. Runners received guaranteed entry through a variety of methods, which are detailed here. The application period for all entrants was open for one month, from January 21 through February 21. About 50,000 runners are expected to finish the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon.
About the TCS New York City Marathon
The TCS New York City Marathon is the premier event of New York Road Runners (NYRR) and the largest marathon in the world. Over 1,000,000 people have finished the race since its first running in 1970 with just 127 entrants and 55 finishers running four laps around Central Park. The race expanded to all five boroughs in 1976 and is now in its 40th year as a five-borough affair. Held annually on the first Sunday of November, the race features 50,000 runners including the world’s top professional athletes and a vast range of competitive, recreational, and charity runners. Participants from over 125 countries tour the city, starting on Staten Island at the foot of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and running through the neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx before ending in Manhattan. In 2015, the inaugural NYRR Youth Invitational at the TCS New York City Marathon gave young runners the opportunity to run 1.8 miles of the race course in Central Park, beginning near mile 24 and finishing at the famed TCS New York City Marathon finish line. More than one million spectators and thousands of volunteers line the city streets in support of the runners, while millions more watch the live television broadcast in the New York area on WABC-TV, Channel 7, nationally on ESPN2, and via various international broadcast partners around the world. The race is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, which features the world’s top marathons—Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York—and crowns the top professional male and female marathoners each year. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization, is the premier partner of NYRR and the title sponsor of the TCS New York City Marathon. The 46th running of the TCS New York City Marathon is set for November 6, 2016. To learn more, visit www.tcsnycmarathon.org.