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More than 85,000 runners apply for New York Marathon

New York Road Runners, soon to celebrate its 50th anniversary, is

dedicated to promoting the sport of distance running and enhancing

health and fitness for all. The road races and other fitness programs

draw upwards of 300,000 runners annually, and together with the

magazine and Web site support and promote professional and recreational

running. A staff of 60, assisted by thousands of volunteers, stages the

ING New York City Marathon, as well as a road race nearly every weekend

plus many track and cross country events. NYRR’s home base in New York,

and its lifelong identification with Central Park, have given many of

its events iconic status, attracting the world’s top professional


The premier event of New York Road Runners, the ING New York City

Marathon is one of the world’s great road races, drawing more than

85,000 applicants. It will be decided by a lottery who will receive a

number. The race attracts many world-class professional athletes, not

only for the more than $500,000 in prize money, but also for the chance

to excel in the media capital of the world before two million cheering

spectators and 260 million worldwide television viewers. As any one of

the 635,000 past participants will attest, crossing the finish line in

Central Park is one of the great thrills of a lifetime.