Philly Marathon Opens Slots For NYC Runners

The City of Brotherly Love has opened up its arms to displaced NYC Marathon runners. Photo: Philly Mag

Three-thousand bibs are now available.

In an effort to help out New York City Marathon runners and to generate revenue in his city, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced that 3,000 runners who had signed up for New York will have the opportunity to run in the Philadelphia Marathon next weekend.

There will be a lottery for these interested participants.

“In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the many challenges created by it, we are honored to welcome New York City marathon participants to Philadelphia,” said Mayor Michael Nutter. “We understand that marathoners have invested a great deal of time, training and dedication to prepare, and so we’ve decided that adding up to 3,000 competitors is something we can do to support the running community.”

New York Road Runners CEO Mary Wittenberg expressed her thanks for the gesture. “We are grateful to the Philadelphia Marathon and Mayor Nutter for their generosity in inviting runners who were affected by the cancellation of the ING NYC Marathon.”

The registration fee for the NYC Marathon runners is $200. Half of that will be donated to the Red Cross and the other half will go to the Philadelphia Marathon to cover the logistics of hosting more runners.

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