Monday, January 2, 2012

2012: The Year of the Marathon Lottery

Have you ever met one of those people who always seems to have good luck?  Normally, they go by the nickname "Lucky Bastard" or "My new best friend with the Porsche".  It seems that no matter what they do, things are always going their way.  You know the type, they are the type that gets food poisoning and get a lifetime of free dinners.  Their identity gets robbed, but somehow they end up with a free mobile home.  They get hit by a car? Multi-million dollar settlement and weekly happy ending massages.  Some people have all of the luck.

I, however, am NOT one of those people.  I seem to have to pull myself up with my bootstraps and then use the boots that I just put on to kick life's ass and steal what I want.  This year though, like a child licking the cold frozen flagpole time and time again, I am going to tempt fate and ask for punishment.  This year I'm entering not one but TWO Marathon Lotteries.

It turns out that running has become such a popular sport that thousands of people actually PAY to put themselves through this:
Actually, shirts are generally encouraged.....

Or yes, even this:
I need to install a counter in my sidebar at the number of times I've used this picture

The reality is that a select few marathons are such an experience that people really do flock to them in the thousands.  The two I am going to try for?  The New York City Marathon and the St George Marathon.  Both races have lotteries and both have less than a 25% chance of getting in.  So, while I don't think that I'll actually get into both of them, I know I won't for sure if I don't try.

The NYC marathon really is a MASSIVE popular race.  It is called the largest marathon in the world - because it is!  Behind Boston, it is probably one of the most recognizable races.

The St George marathon isn't necessarily a big race, it is pretty average - restricted by mountain roads.  The reason it is so popular?  Check the elevation chart below.  It is the marathon equivalent of juicing up and hitting 400 home runs in a single season.  So, while I think that it is SLIGHTLY cheating - if Boston wants to continue to make their criteria harder, I'm just going to find races that are downhill enough that I could roll down and Boston Qualify!


Has anyone else had any luck with Marathon lotteries?  Anyone I can bribe to get me in?



34 comments:

Rena (milehogger.blogspot.com) said...

I also am not one of those lucky people. Good luck in getting in NYC. That's definitely one of the races I want to run especially if I'm living in NYC. Then I can just do their 9+1 program for the guarantee.

XLMIC said...

Good luck with those lotteries! I am not a 'lucky' person, either :(

X-Country2 said...

Jerbear and I are doing the NYC lotto too. I want to get in sooooo bad. I will be reading The Secret from now until April.

kilax said...

Good luck! I hope you get into both, or at least one! I got in to NYC last year on my first try. I am surprised you are not fast enough to qualify via time! Did you check that out?

Jen said...

I am registered for the NYC lottery and hope to be one of the lucky ones.

I go in waves of good and bad luck so we'll see how it goes.

Amber @ Betty Meets Jane said...

Dang even one lottery makes me nervous... will you do both if you get in.. ?

Adrian said...

Good luck Adam! Hope you get in to both. I am going to use all of the luck I often have when calling in to win stuff on the radio {and winning most of the time} to send your way so you can enjoy these races.

Meredith said...

I got into the Nike Women's Marthon the second time I tried the lottery.

Good luck!!

Laura is Undeterrable said...

Ooh I want to run St. George someday! Good luck with the lotteries!

Megan said...

Barf. One reason I never want the pressure on me to win a race. Pressure so bad you have to shit yourself?! blech.

That net downhill marathon looks sweet!

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

I think I might run NYC this year while I still qualify. Next year chicks have to run a sub-3:00, never happening for me!

Beth (i run like a girl) said...

Good luck with the lottery.
And with that rolling downhill BQ! ;)

pensive said...

My MIL is one of those lucky people, so I keep thinking I should give her money for lottery tickets or something...

Good luck! I hope you get into both!

Missy said...

I'm not generally lucky but I did make it into Ironman with 1 min to spare and I am horrible at typing.
I have both those marathons on my to do list but not this year.
Hope you make it.

Meg said...

I got into St. George my first try for my first marathon. Maybe I should try the NYC lottery and see if my luck holds out.

Wym said...

i want to do St. George. i had no idea till this year there was a lottery!

5 Miles Past Empty said...

First of all....you own me a new computer-AGAIN, because I AGAIN puked on it after being forced to look at that S@%&ty picture. So sick....

Second-I think I will take my chances, and make your just a bit slimmer, by entering the lottery for St. George. I like your idea of rolling into Boston! =)

Carrie said...

Good luck with the lotteries. I must not have been a reader for long enough, I hadn't seen that picture. Ick! Ick! I love the looks on the faces of the spectators. That's the best.

Alma said...

Not lucky but my husband is. He can pee in a swinging bucket without spilling a drop. Applied for NYC today (2nd year) but actually hoping I don't get in this year. Shooting for 2013 or 2014 so this year can be dedicated to 9 months of incubation and recovery/

Laura said...

I'm not lucky so I piggy back off of my friends - we all entered the NYC half last year and got in. Had I entered on my own, no way I would have gotten in.
Good Luck!

...Barbie... said...

Rawr -- I hate the idea of lottery systems because like you, I have the worst luck EVER. And um, hello St. George I would like to run you. =D Best of luck getting into at least one of them. If not both. Hope I did not just jinx you! ;) Happy New Year!!!

Christi said...

Good luck!

Denise said...

I kind of entered the lotto for the Nike Women's (half) last year on a whim and got in. Feel kinda bad for all those that try year after year and don't get in. But I'm usually the one that has everything that can go wrong, go wrong in my day-to-day life so I deserved it!

No lotteries for me this year, but I am rooting for all my friends going for New York.

Clarinda @ Enjoying the Course said...

Good luck!

Clarinda @ Enjoying the Course said...

Good luck!

Laura said...

If you're willing to spend the money on a bribe, you could run for a charity and just pay the money yourself? Pretty much the same thing.

Brooke said...

The Key to getting in St.George is to enter with someone (you can link registrations). Pick someone who really doesn't want to be selected, but will run if by some chance you are chosen. That is what happened with my friend and I and we ran it. (I was the one who was praying we weren't selected!)

Rebecca said...

While I will probably never run a marathon myself, I am partial to the Marine Corps Marathon. Is that on your Bucket List?

BrianFlash said...

I got in to NY the first time I entered, but it turned out to be not so lucky. I had to defer twice while waiting for them to let my brother in.

Paid three times, ran once. Glad I did it, but not again!

Once and Future Runner said...

Ok, so I admit this is the first time I have read your blog..

But man, that guy had better have won that race.. Second place isn't good enough to have that picture out on the internet.

Glenn Jones said...

I've been told by those who have run it - if St. George is your goal race, you better start training - running downhill. The constant downhill grade can really wreak havoc if you haven't trained long distance downhill.

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Amy said...

Hey Boring - I found your blog while I was searching for "odds of getting in the St George marathon." Like you, I also was denied for NYC (my second time, so I'm expecting to get denied again next year and then get in automatically in 2014. So glad I started entering that lottery last year, since they cancelled that program for people that started entering the lottery this year. Did you too?) And today I'm just waiting for the St George results. From all my searching I do think our odds are much higher than the 8-12% they quoted for the NYC race. Could be as high as 60%, but probably more likely around 40%. Good luck, I'll look for you in St George in October! :-)

Amy said...

Sweet! I'll see you in St George in October. Congrats for getting in!