This could be you in 2012! (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
The ING New York City Marathon 2012 lottery began at noon on January 2, and runners from across the world moved quickly, applying in droves for their chance to be a part of the event. Within 24 hours, a record-breaking 28,000 individuals submitted their name for the lottery, according to Darren Rovell of NBC Sports.
Even news that the marathon will cost $60 more than it did in 2011 could not slow down the enthusiastic response to the lottery drawing. The New York Road Runners (NYRR) have planned to increase the size of the participant pool for the 2012 marathon, which will help defray the rising costs of doing business across Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan. This year, participating will cost $255 for the average American who is not a member of the NYRR, while costing $216 for NYRR members and $347 for international entrants.
For those who are interested, here is a course map for the 2012 marathon, which will take place on November 4. Oh, and if you didn't already sign up for the lottery, don't fret -- you have until midnight on April 23, 2012 (one week after the Boston Marathon) to submit your application. Lottery applicants will find out whether they've been selected in the last week of April.