FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lottery Opens for the ING New York City Marathon 2008
Annual lottery drawing to take place in mid-June
New York, February 25, 2008—The lottery for the ING New York City Marathon
2008 opened at noon today with applications available online at
www.ingnycmarathon.org, announced race director Mary Wittenberg, president
and CEO of New York Road Runners. The 39th running of the ING New York City
Marathon, a World Marathon Majors event, will be held on Sunday, November
Applications for the lottery from individuals with a U.S. address will be
accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, 2008, 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 Thursday, May 1, 2008, and results will be posted in mid-May.
Entry fees for runners accepted through the lottery (as well as guaranteed
entrants) will be $125 for New York Road Runners members and $155 for
non-members. International entrants will be charged $210.
A record number of more than 103,000 people applied to the 2007 event, and
the race hosted its largest field ever with more than 38,000 finishers.
Kenyan Martin Lel, 29, won the men’s race in 2:09:04, and British Olympian
Paula Radcliffe, 34, captured the women’s title in 2:23:09, just nine
months after the birth of her first child.
"Marathon Sunday has become a New York tradition that we expect to grow
even more in 2008," Wittenberg said. "This year is extra special, as New
York Road Runners celebrates our 50th anniversary of promoting running in
New York City and throughout the world."