Not too long ago, Pumpkin posted about her frustrating experience entering the lottery for the Medtronic Twin Cities 10 Mile, observing at the outset, “Slots, craps, black jack, road race lotteries: they’re all the same.” Well, a couple of runners who lost out after paying to enter the New York City Marathon lottery last year agree, and they’ve literally made a federal case out it.
In January, Charles Konopa and Matthew Clark filed a class-action lawsuit against the New York Road Runners, the organization that hosts the New York City Marathon, claiming that the marathon’s entry drawing constitutes an illegal lottery under New York law. The parties recently settled. Consequently, New York City Marathon lottery is now free!
But what, you may be wondering, was the big deal behind this lawsuit? And what does it mean for other races going forward?