It’s official. The 2012 NYC Marathon lottery drawing has come and gone. The odds of anyone living in the NYC area actually getting chosen in the lottery are incredibly small so I wasn’t holding my breath. The morning after the lottery was held there was no email in my inbox telling me my number was selected and I went about my day feeling slightly dejected. It’s a little silly because I knew I was running for Team Fox anyway, but I was so hoping that I would get in so that the Foundation could use my entrance for someone else. I would, of course, still run for them, but I couldn’t help wanting to get in through the lottery. I guess it’s always nice to win something.
I went about my day and saw on Facebook that one friend got chosen this year for the second year in a row. The odds of that happening have to be absolutely tiny. I was happy for her and then proceeded to go back to licking my wounds. I thought, “This year is the third year in a row that I entered the lottery and didn’t get in plus I’ve never gotten into other big races via the lottery either.” Not fair!
I was a little miffed that I didn’t at least get an email from NY Road Runners letting me know that I wasn’t one of the lucky few. I decided to log into my marathon entrant page to double check my status and to make sure my profile was up to date before I emailed Team Fox to let them know I’d need their sponsorship. I wanted to make sure everything was up to date so that there would be no snafus when the Foundation submitted my name to Road Runners.
As I clicked enter on the marathon sign in page and my profile came up, I did a complete (and dare I say funny) double take. On my page was my status: ACCEPTED. And right below that was this image.
That’s right, I’d been selected!!! I got into the 2012 NYC Marathon via the lottery! Since I have never been selected in a lottery before, I had, quite incorrectly, assumed that you would get an email letting you know the good news. At first, I just stared at the screen. I wasn’t sure I was reading it properly. Then the news sunk in. My number was selected. I had won the lottery! I immediately did a little dance in my office and was smiling from ear to ear. I told one colleague who happened to walk by right then what had happened. He seemed amused by my enthusiasm and congratulated me. He probably thought I was nuts. I didn’t really care.
After my 10 minutes of celebration, I emailed Team Fox to let them know that they didn’t need to waste an entrance on me. I’d be there running for a cure through my own entry. Yippee!
For the rest of the day I was so excited and had trouble concentrating on anything other than my training plan and my fundraising goals. This year will be my 3rd NYC Marathon in a row and I can’t wait to conquer those streets again. I have no idea how many times I’ll run this race, but I’m sure at least one more will be memorable.