10 Reasons Why You Should Enter the NYC Marathon Lottery

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The New York City Marathon is unlike any other road race in the world. If you have any hope of completing the 26.2 mile distance next November, then you owe it to yourself to enter the lottery this month. Heck, let fate decide if you’re on the fence. In fact, you can defer until 2017 if you want to. There’s really no downside here. Need more convincing? Here are ten reasons why you should enter the NYC Marathon lottery:

  1. You will be among the 50,000 (or more) runners competing in the worlds largest marathon. Epic.
  2. Less than 20% of the runners who enter the lottery are chosen to run. If you get in, consider yourself one of the lucky ones.
  3. A red carpet tour of the 5 boroughs with closed streets and police escorts from start to finish.
  4. The world’s most enthusiastic race spectators line the course and scream encouragement for almost all of the 26.2 miles. You’ll see more than 2 million smiling faces.
  5. Breathtaking views of New York Harbor and the skyline from atop the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will make your spirits soar.
  6. Race with the best runners in the world and see more celebrity marathoners than anywhere else.
  7. Thousands of race volunteers are there to make your race the best it can be. NYC Marathon volunteers have a generosity that moves runners to tears.
  8. A thrilling victory lap through iconic Central Park will create rocking chair memories for any runner.
  9. The fabled New York City Marathon is part of running lore. Run it, and you become a part of that story.
  10. New York City has become a symbol of America’s strength and resilience. What better place to prove your valor than here?

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