Some folks have been asking “what’s up with the relay lottery this year?” So I thought I would take a quick minute to explain. In a word, it’s about access. Here’s how:
First, in past years we have always held a pre-determined number of bibs for runners planning to run the full marathon. In a few recent years, we didn’t always use all those bibs. So this year, we decided to move the lottery back until March 1st, which will give us a more accurate picture of how many marathoners are likely to join us. And if we don’t think we’re going to sell all the marathon bibs, then we can allow a few more relay runners into the event.
The second part of the access issue involves a promise we made last year to all relay applicants who did not receive a team via the lottery process. That promise was an offer for those folks to have the first chance at a team this year, before the lottery is conducted. Those applicants will receive an email from us in the coming days and they will have a one time use, individually unique code to register a team in the 2 person relay or the 3-5 person relay, dependent on their 2013 request (sorry, no switches allowed for 2014 teams until the message board opens). That process will take place between January 20th and January 30th. After that, anyone hoping to secure a team for this year’s race will enter the lottery starting on February 1st. The relay lottery will close on February 28th and all available teams will be awarded at that time based on random draw from all applicants. The team message board will commence operations on 3/1 for anyone looking to fill slots or sell teams.
We hope this will make the process a little more equitable and allow as many as possible to participate in the event, up to our course capacity.
Good luck and good training to all.