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100% Absolutely Guaranteed, Certain Entry to the NYC Marathon

by Bob Kopac

"The only certainty is that nothing is certain." Pliny the Elder

Well, that shows you how much Pliny the Elder did not know. He apparently did not know the foolproof ways to obtain a NYC Marathon entry slot. Many runners are like Pliny the Elder. That is why they desperately hope their marathon lottery entry is chosen. However, the odds of that happening are the same as Martha Burk succeeding Hootie Johnson as president of the Augusta Country Club. Ain't gonna happen.

Another desperate ploy is the Waking-Ned-Devine Strategy. A runner knows someone entered in the NYC Marathon who cannot participate due to injury or other factors. The runner then uses that person's race bib. This can lead to complications, especially if the acquaintance is of the opposite sex. Imagine running 26.2 miles as a cross-dresser!

Forgeddaboudit! So step right up and listen closely. Let me introduce you to the surefire, absolutely guaranteed, no-fail ways to enter the NYC Marathon. You can thank me later by running a great time and having a great time. Or, if you don't want to thank me, you can obtain the following information yourself by going to the NYRRC web site http://www.nyrrc.org/nyrrc/marathon/entrantinfo and click "Application and Instructions."

Age 18-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-59 Age 60+ Push-rim wheelchairs
Men marathon 2:45:00 3:00:00 3:15:00 3:30:00 2:40:00
Women marathon 3:15:00 3:30:00 3:45:00 4:00:00 3:40:00
Men half marathon 1:16:00 1:24:00 1:32:00 1:40:00 N/A
Women half marathon 1:31:00 1:39:00 1:47:00 1:55:00 N/A