There’s a new way to receive guaranteed New York City Marathon entry, and, no, you don’t have to run fast to get it!
It’s pretty simple. Essentially, all you need to do is get 20 of your friends to volunteer at the 2015 New York City Marathon, and you’ll get one guaranteed entry for the 2016 New York City Marathon. If you get 40 to volunteer, you’ll get 2 guaranteed entries. And so on.
Group Volunteer Registration and Information for the New York City Marathon is open (see HERE).
Regarding Guaranteed Entry based on Group Volunteering, the Website says this:
Groups Can Earn Guaranteed Entry for 2016
New for the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon: For every 20 volunteers who check in from your group on November 1, you’ll be eligible to receive one guaranteed entry to run the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon. If your group checks in 100 volunteers, you’ll have access to five guaranteed entries.
Rules and Restrictions:
- The entry is guaranteed for the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon and is non-complimentary.
- Runners must be 18 or older on or before November 6, 2016.
- Entries cannot be auctioned off, raffled off, or sold.
- Once the recipient accepts the bib, all standard rules regarding transfer, cancellation, and selling apply. Any violation of these rules subjects the participant to immediate disqualification and may result in the group being disqualified from NYRR volunteer opportunities in the future.
- All participants must comply with the Rules of Competition and Code of Conduct for NYRR Events.
- Each group leader will receive a report with the number of bibs for which their group is eligible by December 1, 2015.
More information on Groups:
Group registration for the 2015 TCS NYC Marathon is now open and will close on August 31, 2015. Groups (20−250 volunteers) receive priority access to the designated locations.
- All volunteers, regardless of group affiliation, must register individually on the NYRR website. Children under 18 must be registered by a parent or guardian. There is no group sign-up process.
- Volunteer groups can be from companies, cultural organizations, churches or synagogues, civic groups, running clubs, athletic teams, book clubs, or any similar organization.
- Each group must have a team captain who will manage all communication between NYRR and the group. The captain will also be invited to training and have the opportunity to observe other volunteers in action at an event. Group captains may be responsible for checking in their group members on site.
- All members of the group must be at least 10 years old; one chaperone must be provided for every 10 teenagers.
I think this is a very positive development. Of course you may kill your friends deciding which volunteer should get the entry, but hey, you’re used to competition, right?