I'm running the VLM 2012, and also want to do the New York 2012 marathon.
I'm searching for the cheapest and most hassle-free way of doing it. As far as I can see, the cheapest way of doing this is:
Pay for a "Flight and Entry-to-marathon" package (£945). Then pay for your accommodation separately. You don't have to fund raise. But if you do, then you can get some cash back by hitting certain targets (£250 back if you raise £1,250, for example. All in all then, you're likely to be spending at least £2K on this thing.
I've been looking on the NYC website, is the ballot open for 2012? I couldn't find it
If it is help! All I can find is this link http://run2012.ingnycmarathon.org/
Harry - that's all I have been able to find. I don't think the ballot site is open yet. That form will enable them to notify you when it does. At least that is my understanding!
Lady Toes - yes, that's cheapest I have found too. Hopefully we'll get through the ballot to make things as cheap as possible!
jdw2000 - Thanks for the info, it was just in your previous post I mid-read and thought you had entered the ballot, which got me worried! I have applied for the last 2 NYC marathons. If I have read correctly I need to apply for 2012, which should result in an entry for 2013 if unsuccessful. Although I have also read that they are phasing that out over the next few years.
Good luck everyone who goes for the ballot place!
I did the NYC Marathon in November and stayed at the Eastgate Tower Hotel in Murray Hill (E.39th St.) on Manhattan. Quite a nice neighbourhood and within walking distance of Grand Central Station, Times Square and Empire State. Hotel decor was a little bit dated, but it was very clean, very well looked after, and the rooms were very big. They were reasonably priced too considering the good location.
Another point worth making is that it is by far the toughest marathon course I've ever run. The bridges are horrible, the hill on 22 miles coming along 5th Avenue is energy-sapping and the rolling hills in Central Park might just finish you off. That said, the crowds are superb, the organisation is great and looking back, I enjoyed every second of that race (except the one on 25 miles when my hamstring exploded!!).
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