According to New York Road Runners, overall applications for the ING New York City Marathon grew from 102,500 in 2009 to 140,000 in 2011, in order to be one of the 47,000 official runners. The field is expected to be the same again this year due in part to concerns about the safety and overall enjoyment of the runners.
The deadline to apply for the November 4, 2012 race (either for guaranteed runners or for those hoping to gain entry by the lottery process) has passed. But all hope is not lost! If you hurry, you can still gain entry into the 2012 race by joining and raising money for one of these participating charities, including Fred's Team and Team for Kids.