The 2017 TCS New York City Marathon is offering an enhanced start experience for the fastest non-professional entrants. This program is for runners already entered into the race; it is not a method to get into the race itself. The benefits of the program include dedicated transportation to the start,* a special staging area before the race, a clear starting position at the front of the Orange Start, and a dedicated recovery area at the finish.
Standards for consideration for inclusion in this program are:
Men: 2:35 marathon or 1:12 half-marathon
Women: 3:05 marathon or 1:27 half-marathon
If you have met the standards above since January 1, 2016, and are interested in applying for this program, please email Jonni Lord at [email protected] no later than August 18, 2017. Please include the link to the website where your results can be verified.
Please note that submitting a time that meets these standards does not guarantee acceptance; due to space limitations, the program is limited to the 50 fastest male and 50 fastest female entrants who have achieved the above standards within the qualifying window.
*Athletes accepted into the sub-elite program MUST take the sub-elite bus to the start from Midtown Manhattan on race morning. There are no exceptions. All athletes accepted into the sub-elite program will have their bags transported together to the start; athletes will not be eligible for the post-race poncho offered to participants who select the bag check option.