Man folks are PISSED!!!!
New York Road Runners (NYRR) Update
Yesterday (or was it the day before), NYRR sent an email updating folks about options for the cancelation of this year’s NYC Marathon. We have three main buckets:
- Complimentary entry for a future marathon (2021, 2022, 2023)*
- Donate the value of your entry fee to support NYRR’s free youth and community programs.
However, it is a bit more complicated for option two.
* If you select complimentary entry for a future marathon (option 2), you will participate in a future marathon selection process in 2021 to choose the year for your complimentary entry (either 2021, 2022, or 2023). You may not be guaranteed your preferred year due to potential limitations to future field sizes.
What gets me is that people are really upset that they cannot choose their complimentary entry year. Actually, they can choose the entry year, but NYRR is not guaranteeing that they will run their selected year. This feeling is somewhat understandable since 2021, instead of 2020, will be the 50th anniversary of the NYC Marathon. In one of my marathon FB groups, someone said something like “I’ve been waiting all my life to run the 50th NYC Marathon.” Yeah . . . sure . . . whatever, Buddy.🙄🙄🙄 Your entire life?!!! I guess the 50th anniversary of anything is a huge milestone, but I think folks are really being a bit extra. Clearly, we have other more important things to worry about. Then again, maybe worrying about next year’s marathon is a legitimate distraction to take our minds off of our ‘new normal’. Selecting a marathon entry year is one of the few things that folks can control during these times of uncertainty.
But C’mon! No one could have predicted the devastating effects of COVID-19. Perhaps, we could have predicted this if Dionne Warick’s Psychic Friends Network or Miss Cleo were still around.
Since NYRR cannot guarantee a runner’s preferred year, multiple groups feel like they should have top priority for 2021 (e.g. folks who deferred in 2019, folks running for charity, time qualifiers, international folks, 9+1 entrants, and the list goes on). I know that people want answers and feel NYRR is being unfair or evasive, BUT NO ONE KNOWS WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN OVER THE NEXT YEAR. I rather the NYRR mentions some possibilities, rather than saying this what’s going to happen, then having to renege next year.
Depending on where we are in subsequent waves of COVID-19 and the development of a vaccine, NYC Marathon might be limited to a field of 1, 2, 10, 500, or 5,000 (instead of the 50,000+) runners. No one can or should make any predictions right now. Also, there are other things to worry about right now. Let’s see where we are in terms of this damn pandemic at the beginning of 2021.
Speaking of folks working on 9+1 Guaranteed Entry during 2020
NYRR had this to say.
Due to potential limitations to future field sizes, completing the 9+1 program in 2020 will provide guaranteed, non-complimentary entry to the marathon in either 2021, 2022, or 2023. Qualifying runners will be contacted in 2021 regarding the selection process for the entry they earned through the 9+1 program.
The funny/sad thing for me. I’ve already registered for all of my 9+1 race races (10 if you count 2020’s marathon); however, I am unable to run any of them because of COVID-19 pretty much canceled this year’s racing season. NYRR has given 9+1ers the option to receive race credit for future 2020 races that have been canceled.
Looking ahead to the marathons of 2021, 2022, and 2023. I’m in an interesting situation:
- Guaranteed entry for one of these three marathons because 2020’s marathon is canceled
- Guaranteed entry because of my race credits from the 9 + 1 program for 2020
- I’m not sure if this applies. I deferred my 2019 registration for 2020. Remember, I was flying back from Hawai’i the day before last year’s marathon. Looking back, I guess that I should have forced myself to run/walk last year’s marathon. Does this mean, I get another entry in addition to the two above?
I’ll admit that I probably will be a bit upset if I cannot run 2021’s marathon. However, based on these extenuating circumstances, I think that I will get over it pretty fast. Again, there are other pressing things to worry about.