Friday, March 29, 2024

New York

Yesterday was decision day - for the 2024 New York City Marathon lottery. 

Just like MegaMillions, Powerball and the Chicago Marathon, I got a big fat zero. 

After my continual - yet unfounded - positive vibes I had to get into Chicago, I was much more reserved for NYC. The pool is bigger, the competition is harder - several categories such as Out of Country, Out of City, Out of State. I don't know if they choose x% from certain categories or not, but my number did not come up. 

I really tried not to look at my phone all day. But at 16:00 I finally logged into the marathon site, and it was to be a 22 minute wait to get in, due to high web traffic. While I was waiting, I finally got the email. 

So this now leaves my autumn race totally open, should I still try to do a marathon this Fall. 

While I truly enjoyed everything about Columbus, and I will run it again, I don't think it will be this year. 

This now realistically (?) leaves:
  • Philadelphia
  • Detroit
  • Minneapolis
  • Marine Corp in DC
  • Indianapolis
I have friends in Philly, Minneapolis and DC, so it makes those cities more appealing. Detroit is international, as you run into Canada (and back). 

I really love DC, as you all pretty much know, so right now it's DC, then Detroit as my selections. Probably. I'm trying not to jump just yet. I'm attempting to act, not react, which is my go-to. 

I'm in no danger of cut-off for Detroit. The Marine Corp?  While I somewhat looked at their website, it doesn't seem lottery driven, so I might still be able to sign up for that. But oy, it will be a week before the 2024 election. 

Yes, I'm bummed about NYC, but there is a path forward for 2025 there (assuming this body holds up), so I'm not broken-hearted. 

Right now, I'll keep the focus on Cleveland. It's less than two months away. Later, I'll worry about later. 

Song by: St. Vincent


James Dwight Williamson said...

Not getting everything you want, keeps life interesting!

Travel said...

If you come to DC, let us know.

Old Lurker said...

Vote in advance, and then sign up for Detroit. If it looks like Trump is going to win, then run into Canada and don't turn back.

Ur-spo said...

I wasn't aware marathons have a 'lottery'; hey I learned something.

kwjoe said...

for your consideration