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Race Free

As part of our mission to help and inspire people through running, New York Road Runners is pleased to offer a limited number of complimentary race entries through Race Free, a new initiative that provides race fee assistance for NYRR races. Eligibility is based on need. Applicants are asked to provide household income and other information. All applicant information is confidential.

Beginning in August 2015, we offered 50 complimentary entries to each of 20 of our weekly races. As of 2016, we have added 50 complimentary entries to each of the NYRR Five-Borough Series races and the TCS New York City Marathon.

How Does it Work?

  • Apply here. If you are accepted into the program, you’ll need to create a My NYRR account if you do not already have one.
  • In advance of each race, we’ll hold a random drawing to select 50 participants.
  • Participants who are selected will be notified by email and given a unique invitation code to register for the race.
  • Get answers to Frequently Asked Questions.


  • Eligibility is based on need.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and must be residents of New York state.
  • Accepted runners will automatically be entered into each drawing, with the exception of the TCS New York City Marathon, for which they will have to opt in.
  • Runners will need to reapply to the program annually.
  • If a runner in the program registers for two races and does not notify us that he/she cannot run them, the runner will be removed from the program.

How to Apply

Complete and submit the application. You will be notified by email within three weeks of submission.

2017 Participating Races

January 7 NYRR Joe Kleinerman 10K
January 22 NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half
February 5 NYRR Gridiron 4M / Longest Football Throw
February 25 NYRR Al Gordon 4M
March 5 NYRR Washington Heights Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K
March 19 United Airlines NYC Half

If you’d like more information, email [email protected] or check out our FAQs.

If you'd like to support this initiative, donate today or contact our development team to learn more.

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