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Contact: Richard Finn, (212) 423-2229
Maeve Mullally, (212) 423-2294
The Race Begins as the ING New York City Marathon 2006
Opens for Registration
NEW YORK - (March 1, 2006) - The race for a spot in the ING New York City
Marathon 2006 began March 1 as New York Road Runners opened online
registration for the event at noon EST.
Applications for the ING New York City Marathon 2006 are available at
www.INGNYCMarathon.org. Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm on
June 1, 2006, for U.S. lottery applicants or May 1, 2006, for international
lottery applicants and U.S. applicants with guaranteed entry. Lottery
drawings will be held to select race entrants.
"The amazing race that is the ING New York City Marathon starts today, and
for thousands of fortunate runners it will end on Sunday, November 5, on the
streets of New York City as they take part in the experience of a lifetime,"
said ING New York City Marathon race director and New York Road Runners
president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.
Competition for the coveted entries is projected to be fierce again this
year, with more than 90,000 people from around the globe expected to apply.
Some 35,000 finishers are anticipated.
The race, which boasts a world-class professional field, was also announced
earlier this year as one of five races in the inaugural World Marathon
Majors Series. Other marathons in the series are the Flora London Marathon,
the Boston Marathon, the real Berlin Marathon, and the LaSalle Bank Chicago
New York Road Runners
New York Road Runners, soon to celebrate its 50th anniversary, is dedicated
to promoting the sport of distance running and enhancing health and fitness
for all. 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 60, 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's home base in New York, and its lifelong identification with Central
Park, have given many of its events iconic status, attracting the world's
top professional runners. For more information, visit: NYRR.org
ING New York City Marathon
The premier event of New York Road Runners, the ING New York City Marathon
is one of the world's great road races, drawing more than 85,000 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 260
million worldwide television viewers. As any one of the 670,000 past
participants will attest, crossing the finish line in Central Park is one of
the great thrills of a lifetime. For more information, visit: