2014 TCS New York City Marathon runners added after drawing

Geoffrey Mutai, front, of Kenya, leads the men's elite runners across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the New York City Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in New York. Mutai went on to win the race. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

March 26, 2014 1:44:29 PM PDT
Thousands of aspiring marathoners received the invitation of a lifetime on Wednesday with the drawing for the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon.

The marathon will feature a field of runners selected from more than 134,000 applications, it was announced by Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners.

An estimated 47,500 to 50,000 runners are expected to participate in the 44th running of the race, which tours 26.2 miles of spectator-lined streets in New York City's five boroughs. The race is also broadcast live on ABC7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"This is always one of the most exciting days of the marathon season," said Wittenberg. "Tens of thousands of runners from around the world now start to focus on their personal journey around New York City's five boroughs."

The marathon is comprised of runners around the world with both guaranteed (Guranteed Info) and non-guaranteed entries.

Runners received guaranteed entry through a variety of methods. Non-guaranteed entries were secured through Wednesday's drawing. The application period for all entrants opened on December 2, 2013, and closed on March 18, 2014.

9,170 runners were added to the race field through he non-guaranteed entry drawing, selected from 77,087 applications. The selected runners represent approximately 12% of non-guaranteed applicants.

Last year, 50,266 runners crossed the finish line of the 2013 New York City Marathon, making it the world's largest marathon ever. More than 100 countries were represented, with runners from each of the 50 states participating.

Dawning with the lottery drawing and lasting through the race itself, social media will be heavily incorporated into this year's marathon.

Those selected for the TCS NYC Marathon's "Class of 2014" will be invited to share their celebratory sentiments through social media and digital initiatives, including an invitation to download an official TCS New York City Marathon badge that they can personalize and share on social media.

Additionally, New York Road Runners will launch a social hub tcsnycmarathon.org encouraging runners to post on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #TCSNYCMarathon ? the best posts will be promoted on the site. The site will also feature a "Race Pace Ticker" to track the social media activity surrounding the event.