Yesterday the NYC Marathon opened registration. Of course, they have a lottery system, so one isn't automatically "in" just for registering. I was tempted but the price made me hesitate and then ultimately decide against it. The non-refundable registration fee is $11 and is required for all applicants. NYRR members will pay $216, non-members in the US will pay $255 and and non-US residents will pay $347 to toe the line at NYC. If I got in, my cost would be $266 plus any fees, plus airfare (from the west coast), plus hotel. That becomes a price tag I simply cannot justify for myself.
What do you think of the price to run NY? Have you run it before? Worth this cost? Are you entering the lottery this year?