But for those curious about how to participate in the London Marathon, there’s a bit more of a process than just throwing a numbered sash and joining the crowd of runners.
London Marathon the organizers open a ballot every year for those interested in entering to submit their application and, just like a lottery draw, they wait if they are one of the lucky winners, one step closer to the titular line.
But for those who miss the ballot for the first time, fear not: there is always a second ballot chance or other options to compete in the London Marathon 2023.
London world I’m here to guide you through the voting process and give you some additional options to compete in the next London Marathon.
What is the London Marathon runoff?
To ensure London is not overwhelmed by budding athletes, the organizers of the London Marathon have put a limit on the number of people taking part in the public race.
To do this and in a spirit of fairness, the organizers hold an annual vote which usually takes place on the first of the month in which the London marathon takes place, in this case October.
From that ballot, about 17,000 people are selected with the residual amount inserted in a second round of voting with 2,000 extra seats assigned.
Are there any requirements before entering the London Marathon runoff?
Unlike the professional event that requires the demonstration of a body of athletic achievement, the London Marathon the public event has no access requirements.
However, there is a participation fee in the event of a positive outcome of the vote; for UK residents it is a cost of £ 49.99 while for international participants the cost is £ 99 with an additional carbon offsetting fee of £ 26.
What happens if I am not selected from the London marathon ballot?
If you are feeling particularly charitable and wish to donate your entry fee if you fail the first time as a donation, you will automatically be entered on the second ballot – with an additional 2,000 seats available.
Otherwise, if you are not selected in the second round, the organizers of the London Marathon will give you:
- a premium winter racing top (RRP £ 70)
- a chance to win one of three pairs of entries to one of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, including accommodation and flights
- serious congratulations, as your donation will help The London Marathon Charitable Trust to make a difference and inspire business across the UK
When do voting open for the 2023 London Marathon?
Voting for the London Marathon 2023 will open on Saturday 1 October and will remain open until Friday 7 October.
The results will be announced towards the end of October 2022.
To access the ballot, you can visit the Election entry for the London Marathon page on the event website, but remember that you can only enter your vote once.
Are there other ways I can participate in the 2023 London Marathon?
If trying to get a seat through official voting doesn’t work, the London Marathon awards a set number of entries to charities across the country.
A full list of charities with seats for the London Marathon 2023 are available through the event website, so if you find a cause you are passionate about you should contact them directly and express your interest in representing them in next year’s event.
The London Marathon Trust did it too advice on how to raise funds in case you manage to represent the chosen charity.
When will the London 2022 Marathon take place?
The TCS London Marathon 2022 will take place on Sunday 2 October, with starting waves running from 8:50 am (men’s and women’s elite wheelchair race), 9:00 am (women’s elite race) and 9:40 am (elite race) male and mass departure).