Applications Now Open for 40th New York City Marathon

for 40th Running of ING New York City Marathon

Thursday, February 19


lottery announcement to kick off anniversary celebration


York, February 17, 2009
‰ÛÓThe application
for the ING New York City Marathon 2009 will open on Thursday, February 19, at
noon at, announced race director Mary Wittenberg,
president and CEO of New York Road Runners. It‰Ûªs a historic year as the
race celebrates its 40th running. This year‰Ûªs ING New York City Marathon
will be on Sunday, November 1.


‰ÛÏFirst times and long timers alike
won‰Ûªt want to miss the 40th edition,‰Û Wittenberg said. ‰ÛÏThe marathon
‰Û÷class of 2009‰Ûª will be treated to an experience of a lifetime as
we celebrate both our legendary champions and the nearly 788,000 participants
who have crossed our finish line with a race week filled with unique


Applications for the lottery from
individuals with a U.S.
address will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 1, 2009, and results
will be posted in mid-June. Applications from individuals without a U.S. address
and all applicants eligible for guaranteed entry will be accepted until 11:59
p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2009, and results will be posted in mid-May. Entry fees
for runners accepted through the lottery (as well as guaranteed entrants) will
be $138 for New York Road Runners members, $171 for non-members, and $231 for
international entrants.


record number of more than 105,000 people applied to the 2008 event, and the
race hosted one of its largest fields ever with more than 38,000 finishers.
Last year, more than $18 million was raised for charity, and the race‰Ûªs
economic impact totaled approximately $220 million. It was a year of repeat
champions, as Paula Radcliffe won
her third ING New York City Marathon title in 2:23:56 and Marilson Gomes dos Santos outlasted
Abderrahim Goumri in the final mile to claim his second ING New York City
Marathon crown in 2:08:43. Female wheelchair winner Edith Hunkeler finished in
2:06:42, capturing her fourth title, and male wheelchair defending champion
Kurt Fearnley finished in 1:44:50 to claim his third consecutive crown.

Also in 2008, Kara Goucher impressed the hometown crowd in finishing third in
an American debut record of 2:25:53, surpassing Deena Kastor‰Ûªs mark of
2:26:58, set in 2001 at the New York City Marathon. Goucher is the first
American woman to reach the podium in New
York since Anne Marie Letko in 1994.

New York Road Runners

New York
Road Runners, founded in 1958, is dedicated to promoting the sport of distance
running, enhancing health and fitness for all, and responding to community
needs. Our road races and other fitness programs draw upwards of 300,000
runners annually, and together with our magazine and website support and
promote professional and recreational running. A staff of more than 100,
assisted by thousands of volunteers, stages the ING New York City Marathon, as
well as a road race nearly every weekend plus many track and cross country
events. NYRR‰Ûªs home base in New York,
and its lifelong identification with Central Park,
have given many of its events iconic status, attracting the world‰Ûªs top
professional runners.
Our youth programs provide running
to 50,000 schoolchildren in New York City,
around the country, and in South
Africa who would otherwise have few or no
fitness opportunities.
For more information, visit


The ING New York City Marathon

The premier
event of New York Road Runners, the ING New York City Marathon is one of the
world‰Ûªs great road races, drawing nearly 105,000 applicants. The race
attracts many world-class professional athletes, not only for the more than
$600,000 in prize money, but also for the chance to excel in the media capital
of the world before two million cheering spectators and more than 300 million
worldwide television viewers. As any one of the nearly 788,000 past
participants will attest, crossing the finish line in Central
Park is one of the great thrills of a lifetime. For more
information, visit


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