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TCS NYC Marathon draws record number of lottery winners

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An extra 5,000 New York City Marathon runners got in through the lottery this year.

This road race is becoming a stampede.

The TCS New York City Marathon held the biggest general-entry lottery drawing in the event’s 40-year history on Tuesday, accepting 19,083 runners out of 82,172 applicants.

That’s 4,757 more lucky runners picked to hoof it 26.2 miles around the five boroughs this fall over last year’s drawing, and a 108% increase in lottery winners over the past two years.

Runners can receive entry into the world’s most populous race, which anticipates more than 50,000 finishers on Nov. 6, through guaranteed entry methods that include qualifying by time, getting grandfathered in by finishing 15 previous New York City Marathons, or running nine qualifying races as a New York Road Runners member the year before each year’s marathon.

Others can gain entry by running and fundraising with one of the marathon’s registered charity partners. Charity registration officially opens on Wednesday.

The TCS New York City Marathon is the world’s most populous 26.2-miler with more than 50,000 finishers.Seth Wenig/AP

The TCS New York City Marathon is the world’s most populous 26.2-miler with more than 50,000 finishers.

But for the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon on Nov. 6, almost a quarter of the non-guaranteed applicants will get in through the luck of the draw. Race organizers at New York Road Runners were able to accept more lottery winners this year than ever before because there was a smaller pool of guaranteed entry applications.

That’s partly a result of the 2012 marathon cancellation resolution coming to a close. Thousands of slots have been set aside over the past three years to accommodate participants that were registered to run the 2012 race that was cancelled after Superstorm Sandy.

The lottery has also drawn some controversy. Two Utah runners filed a lawsuit against the New York City Marathon in January, claiming the race raffle is an illegal lottery that violates New York State law.

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