The lottery results for the 2012 New York City Marathon were announced today and lottery entrants can check the New York Road Runners website to see whether or not they got in. If you entered the lottery and got rejected, don't feel bad - you're in good company. Only about 8-12% of entrants make it. Although the 2012 NYC Marathon (which takes place Sunday, November 4) will have a field of more than 40,000, the majority of the spots will go to those who guaranteed their entries through various means.
So what if you really had your heart set on running New York? Like many other major marathons, you can get a number by raising money for one of the more than 200 official charitable partners.
And, although the New York City Marathon is the biggest and most well-known marathon in the U.S., there are plenty of other options if you're looking to run a fall marathon. Check out this list top fall U.S. marathons.