Philly Marathon Shows NYC Runners Some LOVE

Sold-Out event opens 3,000 slots for competitors thwarted by Sandy

NYC race competitors can enter the Philly Marathon lottery starting Wednesday, Nov. 7th at 9 a.m.

If you planned to run the ING New York City Marathon last week, there’s still a chance for you to log your 26.2.

The mayor of Philadelphia, Michael A. Nutter, announced Tuesday that the Philadelphia Marathon will open 3,000 slots for runners who registered for the New York City race.

Although the event sold out in October, the City of Brotherly Love is living up to its name by making exceptions for athletes affected by Hurricane Sandy.

“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,” Nutter said in a press release.

The offer was received warmly by the CEO of the New York Road Runners, Mary Wittenberg, who thanked the Mayor and the city of Philadelphia.

The $200 that the runners paid to register for the New York City event will be split between the Philadelphia Marathon and the Hurricane Relief Fund for the American Red Cross (no refunds were issued after the New York City Marathon's cancellation).

If you would like to apply for one of the spots in the Philadelphia Marathon, visit this website. The lottery system will randomly selected 3,000 New York City Marathon competitors after the Thursday, Nov. 8 deadline. Winners will be notified by e-mail.

Via Runner's World.