Just found out a few minutes ago that I will have guaranteed entry for the 2013 ING New York City Marathon this November. This was supposed to be the case all-along under their “denied three times” provision (which goes away in 2014), but had been very much in question since the cancellation of the 2012 race. They have been working ever since on the logistics of trying to make sure all of the 2012 participants were taken care of.
Well, they just announced that most of the previous guaranteed entries will still be honored for 2013, including those previously “denied three times.” Outside of Nashville, New York is my favorite city, so I’m super excited about the possibility of being part of the 2013 race. Should be awesome!
Now that this is firmed up, I plan to put my name in the the lottery for the St. George Marathon in St. George Utah on October 5th. This is supposed to be one of the most beautiful races in the country, and is also a very fast course with almost 1,500 ft. of elevation loss from start to finish:
Getting in is by no means guaranteed, but it would be a great opportunity to run a BQ if I’m selected. If not, I’ll probably look for a substitute sometime in late September or early October.
Other than these two races, I am registered for the Country Music Marathon here in Nashville again as the official 4-hour pacer for the race. That would put me at 4 marathons for the year, which sounds just about right.