Still in a state of recovery from Hurricane Sandy’s destruction, officials were forced to cancel the annual New York City Marathon a mere 24 hours before the scheduled start, despite Mayor Bloomberg’s hopes. The Annual Philadelphia Marathon, however, will play host to a small number of those New York runners.
Nutter stressed that the extra slots are for runners previously registered for the NYC marathon. The race originally sold out of its 30,000 slots early in October, so registration is effectively closed for all Philly-natives.
“In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the many challenges created by it, we are honored to welcome New York City marathon participants to Philadelphia,” said Mayor Michael Nutter. “We understand that marathoners have invested a great deal of time, training and dedication to prepare, and so we’ve decided that adding up to 3,000 competitors is something we can do to support the running community.”
Due to high demand, a lottery has been put in place to select the new competitors. Runners can enter at philadelphiamarathon.com until tomorrow at 5 PM, when the 3,000 names will be drawn.
The registration fee for the newly opened spots will be $200, half of which will go to the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund and the other half to accommodate the cost of the added runners.