Last Updated: Mar 12, 2018 04:39PM EST

How do I apply?

We accept applications quarterly. Application dates for 2018 are as follows:
  • March 12–25
  • June 4–17
  • September 3–16
  • December 3–16
You will receive an email within one week of the application close date notifying you of whether you have been accepted into the program. If you are accepted into the program, you’ll need to create a My NYRR account if you do not already have one. Random drawings will be held quarterly for all weekly races in the upcoming quarter. Participants who are selected will be notified by email and given a unique invitation code to register for the race.


Runners will need to reapply to the program annually. If you have applied to the Race Free program in the past, you will receive an email notifying you that you must reapply. Check the Race Free page during the application windows for more information about how to apply.