Officially In for the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon!


Okay, so I know that around two weeks ago, I made the announcement….


However, yesterday, the New York Road Runners made it all official.


I received an email saying “See You in New York City!” The message had a rotating graphic like I have pictured at the top of this post. That’s followed by the above graphic congratulating me.

Thursday was kind of a strange day. A year ago, I was among those waiting to see if I would get into the 2016 TCS NYC Marathon through the lottery.

NYC Matathon Im In

When I received this email message, I was beyond thrilled. After all, check out the stats from last year…

  • 82,172 people put their names in for the lottery in 2016
  • 19,083 people were chosen through the lottery to run in the 2016 TCS NYC Marathon (23% of applicants)
  • That’s 4,757 more people than in 2015 and 9,913 more than in 2014

So, I was incredibly lucky to get in through the lottery last year. This year, folks that got in through the lottery faced even tougher odds. According to Runner’s World, here are the numbers for 2017…

98,247: The total number of runners who applied for the free, non-guaranteed drawing. NYRR stopped charging to enter the drawing this year after settling a lawsuit last fall against the former lottery selection process.

20 percent: The increase in applicants to the drawing compared to 2016.

16,211: The number of runners who will get a bib via the non-guaranteed drawing, which equates to a 17 percent acceptance rate—roughly the same acceptance rate as Georgetown University and UCLA.

50,000: The estimated total size of the 2017 marathon field. Which means 34,000 runners will gain entry through a number of guaranteed methods. Those include achieving a qualifying time at a sanctioned race, running for charity, or completing the NYRR 9+1 program (finishing 9 NYRR races and volunteering at one within a year).


As you all know, this little guy came into my life just a couple weeks after getting in last year. It forced me into some really difficult decisions. One of them was whether or not to run in the 2016 TCS NYC Marathon. I mean, when you’re so lucky to get in once, don’t push your luck. Right? As the time approached to make the airline reservations, I contacted the NYRR to see about the possibility of deferring one year. That’s when I  learned that I could cancel in 2016 and have a guaranteed spot in 2017 (as long as I paid the entry fee). It was that moment when, the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon became the goal of the entire year. I had to get to that race.

It’s sort of anti-climatic to go through a day like yesterday when you had your entry fee already paid a few weeks before. However, as I watched along on social media, I could still get all the feels from those friends of mine who had applied for this year’s race. Some got in and some didn’t. It totally brought back last year for me. It also reinforced the idea that I HAVE to run the race THIS year. I joined a new Facebook group yesterday for NYC Marathon runners to help keep the excitement going. After all, the race is still around 8 months away. While I’m not looking forward to those long runs this summer/early fall, I am looking forward to taking on the streets of the NYC!


So, ready or not…it’s time to Get My New York On! And this will be Meb’s final competitive marathon to boot!


Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in NYC Marathon, Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

My Next Race
TCS NYC MarathonNovember 5th, 2017
15 days to go.
My Next runDisney Race
???? - Hopefully Star Wars Rebel ChallengeJanuary 17th, 2018
87 days to go.
Contact Me
If you have any questions and would like to contact me directly, please send an email to

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 835 other followers

Follow me on Twitter
Join the Team #runDisney Facebook Group!
ambassador button
I love this Facebook group! There are so many awesome members. Click on the link and join if you have a love of runDisney races! It's also an excellent resource on running in general. There are members from all over the world. You might even find someone who lives near you!
Official PR’s
5K - 32:46 - 2012 Pasadena 5K

10K - 1:15:42 - 2013 Pasadena 10K

Half Marathon - 2:43:25 - 2013 Rock n Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon

Full Marathon - 6:21:46 - 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon
Giggle Giggle Toot Roar

Striving to answer the call to motherhood and wifeyhood with joy, Jesus, and crazy dancing.

The Souzapalooza Blog

celebrating the ups, downs and in betweens of my life


Share Perfect Goofy Gail & Kimberly's adventures as they runDisney and everything in between!

The Halo Way

The official photo blog of the Los Angeles Angels

choose happiness

wonderful bits of joe

Like Gold To Us

Letters to the Future

Pavement Runner

Run Strong. Finish Stronger.

Real Mom of SFV

Valley Girl at Heart

Chocolate Covered Race Medals

Where I race to the chocolate bar

The Road to Physical Fitness

Sweat. Smile. Learn. Live. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.

See Sharp Run!

Running My Way to Better Health through runDisney, One Magical Mile at a Time

...Just Me and My Running Shoes...

Running My Way to Better Health through runDisney, One Magical Mile at a Time

Running to Tahiti

Tahiti is 4,109 miles from Los Angeles. Rebecca and Brad ran there.

WDW Mousenger

I'm a Disney geek bringing you all things Disney by a Disney geek, for other Disney geeks!

a Goofy look at Disney Parks & Entertainment

The Undercover Princess

Dreaming up my own "happily ever after!"

Not Your Normal Health Blog

Fun Fitness. Yummy Health Food. Spoil-Yourself Spas. Barely Any Kale.

%d bloggers like this: