New York Marathon 2009

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19/05/2009 at 11:18
Scott. Many congratulations on your positive reaction! Now that you are not competing with us this year for hotels, secret routes to Statten Island, etc. this year, any tips?
19/05/2009 at 11:32

Well thats my first rejection! Enjoy yourselves -its awonderful experience.

Off to search for another late autumn marathon - possibly Seattle 

19/05/2009 at 12:03

Perseverance is all I can say.  It's a couple of years quicker than trying to get into London.

Now I can concentrate on the Disney Goofy Challenge in January, and if need be, book a hotel extra early for next year rather than waiting around to see what happens.

Doesn't the subway go to Staten Island then?

19/05/2009 at 12:10
Where are you getting lottery results? I haven't had an email yet.
19/05/2009 at 12:16

Doh! Just remembered the entrant database. Mine says congratulations so I assume I’m in? Bit of a bugger as I was hoping to get rejected this year so I could def do it next year. Better start saving up some cash.

 Anyway, anyone (female) want to share a hotel room?
19/05/2009 at 12:44

I haven't got anything email wise from them.  Did last year the day after the ballot, but nothing the year before that either.

19/05/2009 at 15:55

Hi all,

I've just had the "congratulations" message when logging in too so assume I'm in but no email yet.   Will be my 5th NYCM and I'll post full details of my previous experiences plus hints and tips in a few days.   I am currently working in Kabul and ran the London Marathon and Kabul Marathon inside 2 weeks!   Took my first run today after 10 days rest after the Kabul Marathon and felt lovely and fresh again.   Good luck with your entries and training.   Must now book a package with 2:09.

19/05/2009 at 18:00


got  knocked back from the ballot ,so i'm glad i signed up with a charity to get my place (halfway to fundraising target).

TONY-just wondering why you are booking a package when you have been successful in getting a place?

congrats to all who have got in through the ballot, was it 1st time of trying?, or have you entered in previous years?

19/05/2009 at 18:05
It was my second ballot entry but will be second time running as paid through sportstours in 2007. Bloody expensive when getting hotel room alone though!
19/05/2009 at 20:29
Damn...I can't remember my user name or password...dumbo!  Arghhh...not in work until Saturday, so not sure what to do now.
19/05/2009 at 20:35
My email has arrived now so you should hear soon.
19/05/2009 at 22:49

Got my rejection email now.

Thank you for applying to run the ING New York City Marathon 2009. Unfortunately, you were not selected in the random international lottery drawing. Please understand that we have to limit the size of the field to ensure a top-quality experience, and I hope you get to experience it yourself one day!

In fact, you might be able to enter the race this year, since there are some guaranteed entries reserved for charity fund-raisers. If you would like to use this opportunity to raise money for a worthy cause, visit our charities page for more information.

In addition, there are some guaranteed entries reserved for international tour groups through our Official International Travel Partners. Contact an ITP from your country on the list for details.

I encourage you to apply for the ING New York City Marathon 2010. If you applied and were denied three years in a row, you're eligible for guaranteed entry the next year. Visit the guaranteed entry page for more information.

Thank you so much for your interest in the ING New York City Marathon. I wish you a year of healthy and satisfying running.

20/05/2009 at 00:47

Chowster - Fair point but 2:09 look after you very well but I might look at other options too.

Just had the 'Congratulations' email so NYCM No.5 (and my final NYCM) here we come!

20/05/2009 at 08:58

Commiserations to those who didn't get a place and who wanted one - and to those who got a place and apparently didn't want one!

Tortie T. I assume you are female. Otherwise, kudos on the direct approach re: sharing a hotel room!

So, here is the list of people who are "in" so far, as far as I can tell:





Tony Hodge 6

Tortie T

Tricia Hurst

20/05/2009 at 09:59
Yes I'm a girl. I have no objection to sharing with a man (but my husband might!). At the moment it looks like this little jaunt will cost me £800 plus race entry which is what I paid to go through Sportstours in '07. Yikes.
20/05/2009 at 10:21

Hey All

Got my email - didn't get in.   Will try again next year.

Congratulations to all of you that got a place. Best of luck and enjoy!

20/05/2009 at 12:02

I'm in!

Commiserations to those who didn't.

20/05/2009 at 15:59

Tortie T. Maybe our respective spouses will encourage us to share a room when they find out how much the trip is going to cost...

Pinappleflakes. So sorry. Best of luck next year. Berlin's a good run...

Champagne, welcome. Please feel free to introduce yourself if you feel so inclined. (Likewise to anyone else who is "in" and as-yet un-introduced.)

So, here is the revised list of people who are "in" so far, as far as I can tell:

  • Champagne
  • Chowster
  • Kiwidave
  • L’ardvark
  • NotCat
  • Tony Hodge 6
  • Tortie T
  • Tricia Hurst
20/05/2009 at 18:22


I ran NY in 2004, getting round in 4.04 I think. Since then I've run faster, Berlin 2007 being my PB (3.22), but I won't be trying to beat that in NY, as I'll just be doing it to enjoy it and as an excuse to take wife and kids to the US.

It'll be my 11th marathon, and am really looking forward to doing it again - it's the best one!

20/05/2009 at 18:36

Hi Guys

I am in as I had 3 rejects in previous years. I was on another forum but this one looks most popular.

I have done 5 marathons with a PB of 3:58. I have done Dublin, Rome, Venice, Paris and London. My other half likes to make a weekend on the marathons I run. I am looking forward to NY as I have never been there. The other half has been a few times and so I wil let her decide where we stay. It looks like its a choice between paying a lot and staying central and have all the fun getting to the start early or staying further out but then having to take a trip in to see the main sights.

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