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Record Number of Runners Apply for Entry to the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon with Over 15,500 to be Selected in Today’s Drawing for the World’s Largest Marathon on Sunday, November 4


Runners selected in the drawing will join those who earned guaranteed entry as part of a field of more than 50,000 runners from over 125 countries and all 50 states


New York, February 28, 2018—Over 15,500 runners will be accepted into the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon through today’s entry drawing. The runners will be selected from the over 105,000 applications received for the drawing. Applications to the TCS New York City Marathon continue to rise with 2018 marking the fifth straight year with an increase. The number of drawing applications rose approximately 7% over 2017 and 36% since 2014. More than 50,000 runners are expected to finish the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon. The race, which is the largest marathon in the world and the premier event of New York Road Runners, will take place on Sunday, November 4.

“Today marks the first step of an inspiring journey to the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon finish line for tens of thousands of runners from throughout New York City’s five boroughs, across the country, and around the world,” said Michael Capiraso, president and CEO of New York Road Runners. “The continued rise in interest in the TCS New York City Marathon is a testament to the popularity of running and the draw of experiencing the race of a lifetime in New York City.”

The 2018 TCS New York City Marathon field will be made up of both guaranteed and non-guaranteed entrants. Runners received guaranteed entry through a variety of methods, which are detailed here. Non-guaranteed entrants are being selected through today’s drawing. The monthlong application period for all entrants opened on January 15 and closed on February 15.


About the TCS New York City Marathon

The TCS New York City Marathon is the largest marathon in the world and the signature event of New York Road Runners (NYRR), the world’s premier community running organization. The race is held annually on the first Sunday of November and includes over 50,000 runners, from the world’s top professional athletes to runners of all ages and abilities, including over 9,000 charity

runners. Participants from over 125 countries tour the diverse neighborhoods of New York City’s five boroughs—Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan. Race morning also features the Rising New York Road Runners Youth Invitational at the TCS New York City Marathon, a 1.7-mile race finishing in Central Park at the same finish line being crossed hours later by the marathon field. More than one million spectators and 10,000 volunteers line the city’s streets in support of the runners, while millions more watch the globally televised broadcast. The race is a founding member of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, which features the world’s top marathons—Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York.  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 48th running of the TCS New York City Marathon is set for November 4, 2018. To learn more, visit

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