Anywho, this post isn't about playing the money lottery, it's about entering RACE LOTTERIES! (Which, if you think about it, is actually the exact opposite, seeing as if you are one of the lucky ones selected it COSTS YOU MORE :))
I've actually been very lucky when it comes to race lotteries. I threw my name in the hat for both the Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Francisco and the Big Sur Marathon and was selected to run both. (Feel free to read my recap of the Nike race here... suffice it to say I had a great time but am NOT sad to see it go. And I'll be running Big Sur in April.)
So when I saw the lottery opening up for the New York City Marathon I was intrigued. I have only heard AMAZING things about this race (other than the fact that it can be cold, SUPER crowded and there have been rumors of people peeing off the bridge ON TO runners below them), so I felt like I sort of had to throw my name, right?!
My thought is: if I get in - AWESOMESAUCE, if I don't - my wallet will say "AWESOMESAUCE". You see, not only do you have to pay $11 to enter the lottery, but the race registration alone is $255 per runner PLUS the travel and accommodations... But like I've been told by many a runner - IT'S NEW YORK CITY! [Not to mention, I have had some AMAZING runners offer up their couches for me to crash on, so if I am picked I could do it relatively inexpensively.]
So this morning I paid my $11, crossed my fingers and hit SUBMIT. We will find out in a little over a month if I get in or not. The race itself is in early November. Either my race luck will continue and I get in or NYC is not in the cards for 2016, either way I'll be STOKED for each and every person who gets in and has the courage and ability to make it to that starting line!
PS I think that when @NYCMarathon retweets your tweet about entering the lottery, it HAS TO BE good luck, right?!
Do you enter race lotteries?