Back in November, Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the East Coast, forcing the New York Road Runners to make the difficult decision of canceling the 2012 NYC Marathon. Now, roughly a month and a half later, organizers are announcing their resolution for the runners affected.
In a release posted on the marathon site Thursday morning, Mary Wittenberg, President and CEO of NYRR, detailed the three options for runners:
2012 Marathoners may choose one of the following options:
- Option #1 - Refund. While NYRR has always had a no-refund policy for the Marathon, given these extraordinary circumstances, we are offering runners who were entered in the 2012 Marathon, and were unable to run due to the cancellation, the opportunity to obtain a full refund of their 2012 Marathon entry fee (excluding the $11 processing fee); OR
- Option #2 - Guaranteed entry to the ING New York City Marathon for 2013, 2014, or 2015. Entrants in the 2012 Marathon who choose this option will be granted guaranteed entry to the Marathon for the year they choose. Runners will be required to pay all processing and entry fees at the time of application (in the given year), with fees maintained at the same rate as those paid in 2012; OR
- Option #3 - Guaranteed entry to the NYC Half 2013. Entrants in the 2012 Marathon who choose this option will be granted guaranteed entry to the NYC Half 2013, to be run on March 17, 2013. Runners will be required to pay all processing and entry fees at the time of application. Availability will be limited.
It's important to note that option is only available to those "who had not cancelled prior to October 24, 2012."
Another email will go out on Jan. 10 with further details, and then runners will have from Jan. 11-25 to make their decision and select which option suits them best.
Personally, I'm undecided between taking the refund and opting to take a guaranteed entry in 2014.