If you weren't one of the 50,000 granted acceptance into the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon, you are likely thinking about a different fall marathon. Other big name marathons like the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon have also converted to lottery registration systems.
However, you are in luck as there are plenty of other great marathons to choose from that offer traditional registration systems. Here are nine of the best lottery-free fall marathons to add to your calendar this year.
In 2014, the Brooklyn Marathon will be held for its fourth year in Prospect Park on Sunday, November 16. NYCRUNS, the organizers of the race, hope to eventually move the race out to the streets of Brooklyn. Even so, the race has received substantial attention, receiving Travelte's award as 2012's Best Marathon.
Detroit Free Press International Marathon
The Detroit Free Press International Marathon starts and ends in Detroit, but travels into Canada during the race, making it easy for runners to check an international marathon off their bucket list. The race will celebrate its 37th year when it kicks off on Sunday, October 19.
Starting and finishing in East Hampton, the Hamptons Marathon travels through the unique communities that make up the Hamptons in New York. The race, which is held on Saturday, September 27, attracts runners from across the world and had finishers from six countries in 2013.
The Hartford Marathon, held in Hartford, Conn., attracts more than 12,000 runners for its weekend of running events. To be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014, the race winds through Hartford and provides a scenic course lined with more than 30,000 spectators.
After battling Mother Nature for several years, the organizers of the Madison Marathon made it a fall race. The 2014 marathon will be held on Sunday, November 9. Winding through the streets of Madison, the race exemplifies the beauty of Wisconsin's capital and surrounding nature.
The Philadelphia Marathon will be held on Sunday, November 23. Because of its flat terrain and cool weather, the Philadelphia Marathon is frequently ranked as one of the top 10 marathons in the country. The race is open to 30,000 participants and registration for 2014's race opens on April 1.
Twin Cities Marathon
The Twin Cities Marathon, which will be held on Sunday, October 5, 2014, has frequently been named America's Most Beautiful Urban Race. The race will be in its 33rd year in 2014. While it isn't an easy course, it travels through Minneapolis and St. Paul and features fall foliage accents along the course.
To be held on Sunday, October 5, 2014, the Wineglass Marathon offers runners a unique running experience. Winding through upstate country roads between Bath and Corning, New York, spectators may be sparse but the nature is beautiful. The marathon offers unique swag for runners, including a handcrafted glass finisher's medal and bottle of wine for participants over 21 years of age.
The Boring Marathon gets its name because of the town its held in. Held in Boring, Oregon, the race will celebrate its inaugural year in 2014 and will be held on Sunday, September 14. The race will only be open to 300 runners. As a bonus, residents of Boring's sister city, Dull, Switzerland, will get free registration, but will have to pay their own travel.