Last Updated: Oct 18, 2019 01:22PM EST

How can I enter the drawing for a spot in the 2020 United Airlines NYC Half?

The entry drawing for the 2020 United Airlines NYC Half will take place November 20, 2019. To enter the drawing, apply in your 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.

For the 2019 United Airlines NYC Half, the entries available to non-guaranteed applicants were filled through three drawings (“Drawings”), which were held on November 28, 2018, 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, including Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories)
  3. “International” applicants (i.e. non-U.S. residents)

After completing the Drawings for the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half, 15,449 runners were added to the field from a total of 42,617 applications. For the 2018 event, approximately 36% of NYC-Metro Area Drawing applicants were selected (11,498 runners); 36% of National Drawing applicants were selected (2,932 runners); and 36% of International Drawing applicants (1,019 runners) were selected. Thus, the pool of runners accepted through the Drawings was made up of 74% NYC metro area, 19% national and 7% international applicants.

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.