Statistics About the 2018 New York City Marathon

I tried for years and years to win the lottery for the New York Marathon. Of course, I finally gained entry the year that I decided to go back to business school (re: no income). I ended up hitting up my parents to cover the trip. It was just too much of an opportunity to pass up. However, the experience was most certainly worth it.  I don’t think that I’ve seen that many people come to cheer me on in my life. It’s an inspiring experience.

Here are some stats about what to expect at the marathon this year.

105,184: This is how many people signed up for the marathon’s free drawing. Emphasis on free. Old pros will remember that in years past the cost was $5.00. Last year, NYRR quit charging drawing fees settling a lawsuit against the former process.

7%: Last year’s applicant pool was 98,247. This year, that size has grown by 7%.

15,640: That’s how many people were selected this year. If you’re a math whiz, you already know that’s less than a 15% acceptance rate. That means that acceptance rates into my beloved University of Notre Dame are higher than the New York Marathon. Insane, right?

50,000: The size of the field for the New York City Marathon.  34,360 spots still remain.  Of course, there are other ways to gain guaranteed entry. But for me, the lottery is just so much fun (kind of)!

9,000: If you didn’t make the lottery this year, fret not. There are still 9,000 spots open for charity runners this year. Last year, charity runners raised over $36 million.

The 2018 New York City marathon is already slated to be another one for the books. If you made it in, congratulations! You’re about to embark on an amazing journey. By the way, yes, the starting line is the best part.

Here’s a video to pump you up.



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