Last Updated: Nov 05, 2019 02:50PM EST

When can I claim my guaranteed entry to the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon?

The window to apply for general entry or claim guaranteed entry to the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon will be January 30–February 13, 2020, with a drawing to follow on February 26, 2020. Applicants will have to apply or claim their guaranteed entry during the window; guaranteed entries not claimed during this time period are forfeited.

Groups eligible for guaranteed entry:

Entrants Through the 9+1 or 9+$1K Program

NYRR members who meet the 9+1 or 9+$1K program requirements during 2019 will be eligible to apply for guaranteed entry to the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon during the application window. 

Entrants Who Officially Cancelled Their Entry to the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon

Entrants who officially cancelled their entry to the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon according to the cancellation guidelines will be eligible for guaranteed non-complimentary entry to the 2020 race during the application window. 

Entrants who cancel their entry in consecutive years are not eligible for guaranteed entry after the second consecutive cancellation.

Handcyclists and other AWDs who entered the 2019 race through Achilles International and who cancel will not be eligible for guaranteed entry to the 2020 race unless entered by Achilles International in that race.

Runners Who Have Completed 15 New York City Marathons

Runners who finish their 15th New York City Marathon will be eligible for guaranteed entry in future years. This entry method is not available to handcycle applicants and other AWDs entered in past races through Achilles International.

Entrants Through NYRR Virtual Racing

Runners who finished the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon – Virtual 26.2M (2020 Entry) at the “Run to Gain 2020 Guaranteed Entry” level, and runners who finished the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon – Virtual 26.2M (2020 Entry) at the “Run to Fundraise for NYRR Team for Kids” level and met the fundraising requirements will be eligible to apply for guaranteed non-complimentary entry to the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon during the application window. See the official rules.

Time Qualifiers  

The time-standard qualifying window for the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon is January 1–December 31, 2019. The time-qualifying standards, listed below, are for runners only. All applicants who meet the time standards at the following NYRR races in 2019 were eligible for guaranteed entry in 2020: NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half, United Airlines NYC Half, SHAPE Women's Half-Marathon, Popular Brooklyn Half, NYRR Staten Island Half, and TCS New York City Marathon.

A limited number of time-qualifier spots are available to runners who met the time standards in a non-NYRR race. These spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants who apply with a non-NYRR race qualifying time will be placed in the non-guaranteed entry drawing until their time could be verified. Verification will be completed prior to the 2020 drawing. 

All times run must be at least as fast as the posted time. Net (chip) time, not gun time, will be evaluated:

Men's Standards:

Age** Marathon Half-marathon
18-34 2:53:00 1:21:00
35-39 2:55:00 1:23:00
40-44 2:58:00 1:25:00
45-49 3:05:00 1:28:00
50-54 3:14:00 1:32:00
55-59 3:23:00 1:36:00
60-64 3:34:00 1:41:00
65-69 3:45:00 1:46:00
70-74 4:10:00 1:57:00
75-79 4:30:00 2:07:00
80+ 4:55:00 2:15:00

Women's Standards:

Age** Marathon Half-marathon
18-34 3:13:00 1:32:00
35-39 3:15:00 1:34:00
40-44 3:26:00 1:37:00
45-49 3:38:00 1:42:00
50-54 3:51:00 1:49:00
55-59 4:10:00 1:54:00
60-64 4:27:00 2:02:00
65-69 4:50:00 2:12:00
70-74 5:30:00 2:27:00
75-79 6:00:00 2:40:00
80+ 6:35:00 2:50:00
Net time (not gun time) will be evaluated.
*For information on running as an Athlete with a Disability (AWD), please visit this page.
**Age on November 1, 2020, for the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon.

About the Time Standards

The TCS New York City Marathon is known for being an extremely diverse race, and at New York Road Runners, we pride ourselves on offering many methods by which runners can gain entry. We intend for our time standards to offer equal access to our most competitive applicants across all age categories and to allow the highest possible percentage of runners from each category to earn guaranteed entry into the TCS New York City Marathon.