Last Updated: Mar 20, 2017 02:07PM EST

United Airlines NYC Half Drawing

Information below is for 2017; 2018 information will be available in late 2017.

The entry drawing for the 2017 United Airlines NYC Half took place December 8, 2016. Accepted runners were entered into the race on a rolling basis throughout the day, and application status was updated in each runner's My NYRR profile. Applicants were notified of their entry status via email.

Accepted runners saw a charge to their credit card for the race-entry fee. If your credit card was charged for the full race fee, you were accepted into the race. You may be charged before you receive an email confirming your status or before your status changes in your My NYRR account.

The United Airlines NYC Half brings together a diverse field of runners from the NYC area and beyond.  The non-guaranteed entry drawing helps preserve the geographic diversity of the race.
The entries available to non-guaranteed applicants were filled through three drawings (“Drawings”), held this year on December 8, 2016, one in each of the following applicant pools:


  1. “NYC-metro area” applicants (i.e. residents in and within 60 miles of New York City)
  2. “National” applicants (i.e. U.S. residents outside of the NYC-metro area)
  3. “International” applicants (i.e. non-U.S. residents, including Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories)

After completing the Drawings for the 2015 United Airlines NYC Half, 15,206 runners were added to the field from a total of 36,522 applications (approximately 42% acceptance rate).  The pool of runners accepted through the Drawings was made up of 61% Tristate (a geographic area similar, but not identical to, what is now called “NYC-metro area”), 27% national and 11% international applicants.
NYRR supports having a geographically diverse field of participants in our races. In order to facilitate this, last year approximately 33% of NYC-Tristate Drawing applicants were selected (9,312 runners); 68% of National Drawing applicants were selected (4,170 runners); and 79% of International Drawing applicants (1,724 runners) were selected. 
Across all entry methods, guaranteed or non-guaranteed, approximately 68% of accepted runners came from NY, NJ, and CT. This includes individuals who gained guaranteed entry through NYRR’s Four out of Six program, Charity Teams, etc. 
Other factors such as an applicant’s state of origin also may affect their chances to be selected subject to NYRR’s need to maintain geographic diversity and within NYRR’s sole discretion.  NYRR reserves the right to adjust drawing criteria at NYRR’s sole discretion and without notice.