Join the Free to Run team in the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon

For many runners, the New York City Marathon is at the top of the bucket list. It's currently the largest marathon in the world and it's hosted in one of the most unique and spectacular settings. Free to Run is proud to be an official charity partner for the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. Through our partnership, we have guaranteed paid entries for a small team of runners who are willing to run the marathon and fundraise for Free to Run.  

Why should you run with our team?  

As a Free to Run Marathon Athlete, you will receive a number of benefits including:

  • A paid entry fee and guaranteed number for the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon, valued at $295-358

  • Online mentoring sessions with a Free to Run Ambassador. Our Ambassadors are elite athletes, recognized role models, and pioneers in the realm of sports and outdoor adventure

  • Fundraising support to help you surpass your goal, including help setting up your online fundraising page

  • An invitation to a dedicated Facebook group with the Free to Run NYC Marathon team. This group will be available for questions, training tips, fundraising support, and event logistics

  • A pre-race meetup the weekend of the marathon

  • A Free to Run technical shirt

  • The incredible satisfaction of knowing that you're helping others around the world experience the magic of sports, often for the first time!

Photo credit: Latif Azimi

Fundraising Commitment

When signing up as a Free to Run team member, with a guaranteed and paid entry, you will commit to raising a minimum of $3,200 to support our programs. Your fundraising support is a tremendous gift to our organization and the people we serve. Your funds will enable us to expand our programs to reach more women and girls with innovative sports programs that improve lives and change communities. To get inspired, please see this story about  a member of our 2016 New York City Marathon team.  

Jessica Wright, 2016 Free to Run marathon runner

Application Details

To apply, please send an email to and tell us why you want to run in the 2017 NYC marathon, and why the mission for Free to Run is important to you. Be creative! If you don't want to write your answers, send us a video instead. Written or spoken, we would love to hear your story! Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all team members have been selected.

Do you already have a guaranteed entry?

You're still welcome to apply! For a reduced fundraising commitment of $2K, you can get access to the online mentoring, fundraising ideas, technical shirt, and facebook group to help you achieve your goals. To sign up, email us at

See you on November 5th at the starting line in NYC!

Leah Anathan