There are three ways to get into the New York Marathon. Be a world class runner, enter and win a number through the lottery or complete 9 qualifying NYRR races to gain entry for the next year. Well, that last part just got a little bit harder…

“NYRR members as of January 31, 2008, can qualify for guaranteed entry to the ING New York City Marathon 2009 by meeting the following criteria:

• Members must complete nine (9) qualifying NYRR races within 2008.

• Members must volunteer for one (1) NYRR race in 2008 (registration for volunteers begins March 1, 2008).”

What do you think about having to volunteer?