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2012 ING New York City Marathon announces No-Baggage Policy to ease post-finish congestion

by Editor
Friday 24th August 2012

Race news: ING New York City Marathon - November 4, 2012

In a move that has already caused much debate and criticism, NYRR have announced a new policy, designed to ease finish-line congestion. Runners will no longer check baggage at the start of the race, and there will be no baggage retrieval after the finish.

Our primary objective is to provide our runners with the safest and best possible race-day experience. We have received overwhelming feedback from our runners about the need to address the issue of post-race congestion and waiting time to exit Central Park. In response, and in close consultation with New York City agencies, the new No-Baggage Policy was developed over several years to provide a better and safer post-finish experience.

In order to minimize inconvenience to our runners, NYRR has invested in a number of enhancements, including:

  • The Marathon Finish Line Poncho, a water-repellent, hooded, and fleece-lined garment to be handed out to every finisher
  • Establishing NYRR "Call Home" stations at the start and post-finish so runners can communicate with friends and family
  • A new and improved Family Reunion area near the runner exit
  • Increasing the number of wave starts from three to four to reduce runner density along the course and at the finish line.

Additionally, in a shared commitment to giving back to the local community, much of the clothing left behind at the start will be donated to charity through a partnership with New York/New Jersey Goodwill Industries and UPS.

We understand that the No-Baggage Policy is a major change for our runners, and we want to do everything we can to keep you comfortable and happy before and after your race. Read our FAQs below for answers to basic questions about the No-Baggage Policy, and stay tuned for more communications and updates leading up to race day.


Find out more here


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