Do you want to register for a marathon? Some races you can just register for, other larger marathons you have to enter a lottery and hope to get picked to be able to register.
Larger races around the world have a lottery entry. This means you have to enter the lottery by a specified date for a chance to run in the race. You will be notified if you were picked via lottery and if you are you have to pay your entrance fee. If you are not picked many of them have a charity bib option, meaning you can raise a specific amount of money for a specific charity and gain entry that way. In European countries this process is often called ballot entry.
The Boston Marathon is NOT a standard lottery. To qualify for the Boston Marathon you have to be fast and have a qualifying time that falls in their specified time limits for your gender and age group. Then the entry is on a rolling basis based on how many people apply to their age division. So just because you have a qualifying time doesn’t necessarily mean you will gain entry if it is a year where a lot of people apply.
Whether you gain entry through a lottery or register for a marathon that doesn’t have a ballot entry, you will have an amazing experience. There are plenty of fantastic races that you can register for without having to win a lottery, like the Disney World Marathon, LA Marathon, Venice (Italty) Marathon, and many more.
Here are some other posts you might like:
Want to come back to this? Pin it for later!