Lottery Races


This week it’s about five races you either need a lottery to get in, or can get in through a lottery system.  Some popular races are switching to a lottery system, such as Big Sur, because of how quickly they sell out and to give new runners an opportunity to run the race as well. The good news is that even though you may not get in a race through the lottery, they typically also offer the option to run for a charity and raise money for them, which is a nice way to raise awareness of the charity and help fundraise for them while still getting to run the race.

  1. Atlanta Track Club Peachtree Road Race. It’s the biggest 10K in the world, and insanely popular. It runs on the 4th of July every year in Atlanta and a yearly membership to the Atlanta Track Club gives you priority registration. I missed that since I didn’t find out I was moving to Georgia until the middle of February, so I entered the lottery. I’m not particularly lucky, but I was happy to get that congratulations email!ajc
  2. TCS New York City Marathon. I got in back in 2013 but didn’t realize how special that was or how hard it is to get in (Runner’s World estimates an 18% acceptance rate) and didn’t go (plus tickets from Alaska are always expensive). I didn’t get in for this year, so maybe next year?
  3. Bank of America Chicago Marathon. I’d heard this was a fun race and lots of other Volée are running it, but I was just not super excited about getting in this lottery. I waited to see if I got into NYC and didn’t but I’m still unsure whether I’m going to head up to Illinois this fall or not. There are a lot of other races I want to do that are much closer to home, but it is a lottery which means if I’m on the fence I will probably do it just so I avoid FOMO.
  4. Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile. I did this back in 2013 (a year when the blossoms were severely delayed so there were hardly any on the Mall) and it was a good time. The 10-mile distance is a good distance for me, easy to train for, but the crowded field makes it harder for a PR. It’s a pretty race and very scenic even if the cherry blossoms are shy.
  5. Big Sur International Marathon. Another pretty, scenic race. I drove the Pacific Coast Highway on my way up to Alaska and it was so beautiful. Running it would be even better. I already have a California marathon under my belt, but this would be an awesome race.

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