The New York City Marathon grants runners entry on three levels. Runners are placed in start waves and transportation to the various start villages and baggage check is provided to them on the day of the race.
Because of the popularity of the New York City Marathon, general registration is a lottery for which prospective entrants must register very early. Those who are not selected in the lottery or those who wish to bypass the lottery may commit to collecting donations and running for one of the New York City Marathon's charities receive guaranteed entry. A select group of people who belong to a handful of New York-based running clubs, have competed in a specific amount of New York City Marathons or who meet timed running standards automatically receive guaranteed entry into the race.
Transportation to the designated start point is provided on the day of the race. Once runners arrive at their start villages, they wait until their designated start time to begin. The New York City Marathon has more than 50,000 participants each year. It can be viewed from grandstands at various points throughout the race. In 2013, the race was canceled due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.