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.

We offer 50 complimentary entries to all of our weekly races, as well as 50 complimentary entries to the TCS New York City Marathon and the NYRR Five-Borough Series races.

How Does it Work?

  • We accept applications quarterly. Application dates for 2018 will be announced shortly.
  • You will receive an email within one week of the application close date notifying you of whether you have been accepted into the program.
  • If you are accepted into the program, you’ll need to create a My NYRR account if you do not already have one.
  • Random drawings will be held quarterly for all weekly races in the upcoming quarter. The drawings will be held on the following dates:
January-April 2018 races: October 6-13, 2017
May-August 2018 races: February 26-March 5, 2018
  • Participants who are selected will be notified by email and given a unique invitation code to register for the race.
  • The Race Free drawing for the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half was held on November 16, 2017. All Race Free participants who have been accepted into the program were included in this drawing.
  • The opt-in email for the 2018 TCS NYC Marathon was sent on January 9. If you did not receive this email please email [email protected] to opt-in to the 2018 TCS NYC Marathon drawing for Race Free participants. Please email no later than January 22 to be included.
  • The Race Free drawing for the 2018 Popular Brooklyn Half took place on January 12, and all runners that were selected were sent invitation codes. If you did not receive an invitation code, you are still eligible to register during general registration starting January 31 at 12:00 p.m.
  • 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. You will receive an email notifying you that you must reapply.
  • 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 during the application window listed above. You will be notified by email within one week of the application close date.

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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